Debra Gavant Swan

Callanwolde Fine Art Center Gallery

In Debra Gavant Swan’s paintings, collages, and reliefs, art and religion are more often carnival sideshows than windows opening onto some truth. 25¢ A Toss, 1988, a canvas pierced by a small window that reveals a grinning mouth and nose, shows us this carnival’s barker most directly. He appears in some sculptures as a three-dimensional mannequin who looks like a cross between the wooden figure-models used by drawing students and the faceless creatures in the paintings of Mark Kostabi. In Under the Circumstances, 1987, this character hides beneath a table bearing a collection of fruit and bottles identical to those in a still life depicted in a tiny painting on the wall behind it; in The Collector, 1987, he sits at a table, a green cone and a red cube placed on the floor near him and 20 irregular blobs placed on the walls in a grid pattern; in Dr. Friggly, 1987, he is being brought to life

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