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Swoon and Monica Canilao Unveil ‘Witch-Wife’ at Chandran Gallery

All images courtesy of Chandran Gallery unless otherwise noted

The energies of kindred artists Swoon and Monica Canilao unite for a new monumental exhibition at Chandran Gallery. Witch-Wife sees the longtime collaborators transform the entirety of the San Fransisco gallery into a sublime refuge for dreams and self-reflection. The duo level a unified gaze on the bygone practices of introspection by unveiling new individual collections, as well as a joint site-specific installation.

Monica Canilao’s new mixed media assemblages continue in her exploration of the beauty-in-the-broken and rebirth. Utilizing Native American imagery, knives, bones, and found-fabric, she expands on her understanding of material as memento. For Swoon’s portion of Witch-Wife, the artist turns her attention to the mining of symbolism found in one’s own feelings. Her new offering is tender with hazy imagery culled from the subconscious and rendered by way of installation boxes and the many layers of her signature paper portraits.

Swoon Monica Canilao Witch-Wife Artists

Photo by Wick Sakit

But, it’s the duo’s collaborative panorama on the gallery’s ground floor that is the impressive lynchpin of the show. The massive piece is an experiment in 3D forms in-the-round. It is a sculptural manifestation of Swoon’s Dream Reliquary project, which invites strangers to anonymously donate descriptions of their dreams as relics to be used by the artist.

Swoon Monica Canilao Witch-Wife Swoon Working

Swoon Monica Canilao Witch-Wife Mixed Media

Swoon Monca Canilao Witch-Wife Monica Working

Check out Witch-Wife on view at the Chandran Gallery (459 Geary Street, San Francisco) from Friday, February 19 through April 1, 2016.

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