Eleanor Swordy Runs Into a “Busy Signal” With Anxious, Exhilarating Works

Source Juxtapoz Magazine – Juxtapoz Magazine – Home 

I love the mechanics of an Eleanor Swordy painting. They often feel and view like a conversation with itself, the artist speaking about their craft to the subject in the painting. At times I laugh, at times there is an anxious feeling of a deadline or something that needs to be finished, but there is also a detailed view of a life making. Busy Signals, which just opened at Max Hetzler in London, feels active, in motion, dedicated, considered, controlled and yet just a bit chaotic. It seems so apt that Swordy uses a quote from philosopher Martin Buber to kick off the show: “Every means is an obstacle. Only where all means have disintegrated encounters occur.”   

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