Joel Swanson

Joel Swanson works with words; He is an artist and writer who explores the idiosyncrasies and inconsistencies of language. His work critically subverts the technologies, materials, and structures of language to reveal the dynamics of power inherent within words. He makes public sculptures, online digital works, and conceptually oriented installations that playfully and powerfully question words and their meanings.

Swanson is an assistant professor in the ATLAS Institute and the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society at the University of Colorado Boulder where he works and teaches at the intersection of language and technology. He holds a courtesy appointment in the Intermedia Arts Writing and Performance PhD Program. He received his Masters of Fine Art at the University of California, San Diego with a focus in Computing and the Arts.

His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions including The Banff Centre for the Arts, The Broad Museum in Lansing, The Power Plant in Toronto, the Glucksman in Cork Ireland, and the North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2014 Swanson had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. In 2017 he showed work in Personal Structures, an official satellite show of the 57th Venice Biennale.

He is represented by David B. Smith Gallery in Denver.

  • Joel Swanson Ampersand Joel Swanson
    Ampersand
  • Joel Swanson Homophone Joel Swanson
    Homophone
  • Joel Swanson Logic Only Works in Two Dimensions Joel Swanson
    Logic Only Works in…
  • Joel Swanson Sincerely Joel Swanson
    Sincerely
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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
    Lady Gaga's Twitter Feed…
  • Joel Swanson Ampersand Study No. 1 Joel Swanson
    Ampersand Study No. 1
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    NO/NOT/NOTHING
  • Joel Swanson Installation view Joel Swanson
    Installation view
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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
    Oxo Salad and Herb…
  • Joel Swanson Installation view (word poems) Joel Swanson
    Installation view (word poems)
  • Joel Swanson Grandin Road page 48, February 2015 Joel Swanson
    Grandin Road page 48,…
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  • Joel Swanson Onomatopoeia from The Uncanny X-Men issue 137, page 23, 2015 Joel Swanson
    Onomatopoeia from The Uncanny…
  • 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…
  • Joel Swanson THOUGHTS (Carbon Copy) Joel Swanson
    THOUGHTS (Carbon Copy)
  • Joel Swanson PRAYERS (Carbon Copy) Joel Swanson
    PRAYERS (Carbon Copy)
  • Joel Swanson Untitled Neon Joel Swanson
    Untitled Neon
  • Joel Swanson Marginalized Ways of Speaking (Lisping) Joel Swanson
    Marginalized Ways of Speaking…
  • Joel Swanson Marginalized Ways of Speaking (Mumbling) Joel Swanson
    Marginalized Ways of Speaking…
  • Joel Swanson Soda Lid Joel Swanson
    Soda Lid
  • Joel Swanson Sticks and Stones... Joel Swanson
    Sticks and Stones...
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    Installation view
  • Joel Swanson The End Joel Swanson
    The End
  • Joel Swanson Crayon Boxes (series) Joel Swanson
    Crayon Boxes (series)
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  • Joel Swanson How Many Pink Pearl Erasers would it Take to Create a Perfect Cube? Joel Swanson
    How Many Pink Pearl…
  • Joel Swanson Composition Notebook Pattern Joel Swanson
    Composition Notebook Pattern
  • Joel Swanson Page (series) Joel Swanson
    Page (series)
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  • Joel Swanson Unrecognizable Letterforms (Alphabits) Joel Swanson
    Unrecognizable Letterforms (Alphabits)
  • Joel Swanson Counters and Periods Joel Swanson
    Counters and Periods