R & Company is thrilled to announce representation of Johnny Swing's coin furniture and design. Celebrated as a notable member of the American Studio Furniture movement, Swing's iconic coin works have been exhibited in museums and institutions around the world. Swing, who is considered a master welder and craftsman, has developed a unique patterning technique that utilizes flat shiny coins to create furniture works. His innovative approach successfully transforms these industrial found coins into biomorphic and natural forms that transcend their material.
Swing states, "I've always been inspired by the artists and the work at R & Company and am thrilled to join the gallery. I lived in Tribeca for 15 years and am happy to have found a place back here."
Johnny Swing was born in 1961 in Salisbury, Connecticut. In 1984, he completed his BS in fine arts from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine in 1986. He obtained his Class 1 Structural Steel Welding License #6120 in 1990. After spending the first part of his career in New York City's East Village, Swing moved to Vermont in 1995, where he maintains a workshop and farm.
Swing's coin furniture can be found in the permanent collections of notable institutions around the world, including the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York; Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England; and the Modernism Museum, Mount Dora, Florida. His work has also been on view in numerous museum exhibitions, including most recently the Indianapolis Museum of Art; LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton; and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.