Lois Lambert Gallery presents “Fragmentalism” a series of mixed media works by the artist Ted Swiet.
Building on his previous concepts of capturing the intangible, Ted Swiet has created a collection of mixed media pieces focused on the ephemeral nature of time. The Work is an exposition about uncertainty and change examining spaces and a moment between instances.
In one series of works, Ted accomplishes this feat by utilizing the imagery of the film leader or count down present at the beginning of traditional reel-to-reel films. Each second is broken down into multiple segments which when viewed from head on creates a singular image, yet from any other angle the moment is dissolved into its respective parts.
Pulling concepts from the world around him, fashion to suspension bridges to nature itself, Swiet creates art pieces that demonstrate composition, balance, engineering and flow. Approaching the work as a problem that needs to be solved, Ted finds a medium that speaks to him and through interacting with the material determines what to do next. It is by a method of trial and error that his work evolves into a completed piece that satisfies the artist. Swiet’s background in arts, graphic design, interior architecture and product design has allowed him to become a versatile, multi-faceted artist who melds elements of fine art, engineering and pop culture to create precise, insightful works. Ted is inspired by artists of many different realms including Rube Goldberg, David Bowie, Stanley Kubrick, David Sadaris, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, and Steve Jobs.
Ted Swiet is a graduate of San Francisco State University, and was named one of San Francisco’s “Top 100 Innovators” by Levi Strauss & Co. His work has been collected all over the world including Japan, London and New York.