Joel Swanson

Joel Swanson is an artist, designer and writer who serves as the Director of the Technology, Arts & Media Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He teaches classes on digital art, media theory, and the history of design. He received his Masters of Fine Art at the University of California, San Diego with a specialty in Computing and the Arts.

Linguistic and literary theory inform his work, which ranges from digital art to sculpture to interactive installation. Thematically his work explores the technologies of language, their materialities, and their modes of signification. Specifically, he revisits the questions posed by the Conceptual language artists of the 1960’s and 1970’s, but in light of contemporary digital technologies. He is particularly drawn to the complexities, glitches and quirks within linguistic systems and within his work he focuses on those spaces where language breaks down.

His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally including a recent solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, The Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery of Toronto, the North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art and the Orange Country Museum of Contemporary Art.

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  • Joel Swanson Logic Only Works in Two Dimensions Joel Swanson
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  • Joel Swanson Sincerely Joel Swanson
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  • Joel Swanson Positional Prepositions Joel Swanson
    Positional Prepositions
  • Joel Swanson Lady Gaga's Twitter Feed Translated into Morse Code Joel Swanson
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    Ampersand Study No. 1
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  • Joel Swanson Anti-Diarrheal (Loperamide) Joel Swanson
    Anti-Diarrheal (Loperamide)
  • Joel Swanson Bausch & Lomb SoftLens Joel Swanson
    Bausch & Lomb SoftLens
  • Joel Swanson Neutrogena Transparent Facial Bar Joel Swanson
    Neutrogena Transparent Facial Bar
  • Joel Swanson Oxo Salad and Herb Spinner Joel Swanson
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  • Joel Swanson Installation view (word poems) Joel Swanson
    Installation view (word poems)
  • Joel Swanson Grandin Road page 48, February 2015 Joel Swanson
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  • Joel Swanson Onomatopoeia from The Uncanny X-Men issue 137, page 23, 2015 Joel Swanson
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  • Joel Swanson The Color of the Pixel, at the Location of My Mouse, on April 4th 2013, from 12:41–12:44 pm Joel Swanson
    The Color of the…