Markus Baenziger: Wayside, September 10-October 26, 2014

Markus Baenziger's sculptures integrate his love of nature with his immersion in a gritty, imperfect, and industrialized world. His exhibition of new works takes its title from a six foot-wide wall relief that evokes leafy tendrils spreading like wings on either side of a distressed piece of cardboard. Approaching the work from a distance, one realizes that these naturalistically rendered forms are actually made of bronze. Such works call attention to the continuum between decay and new growth, neglect and care, mechanization and craftsmanship. Baenziger's mastery of design and attention to detail produce works that appear both familiar and emblematic of larger forces.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, 1959, Markus Baenziger received an M.F.A. in sculpture from Yale University School of Art and a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design. His work has been presented in one-person shows at Louise Jones Brown Gallery, Duke University and Edward Thorp Gallery, Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, and Cohen Gallery in New York City. His work has also been featured in select group exhibitions at the Rose Art Museum; the Walker Art Center; the Yale University Art Gallery; the Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; the Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville, NY; the Florida Atlantic University Gallery; the Swiss Institute, NY and Zabriskie Gallery in New York City; and C/O Gallery, Oslo.

Baenziger is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the State of Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and Yale University. His work has been reviewed in diverse publications including The New York Times, The New York Sun, Art Newspaper, The Village Voice, Artforum, Art in America, Arts & Antiques, and Sculpture Magazine. His work can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Agnes Gund Collection, and numerous private collections. A resident of New York City since 1984, he is also Associate Professor of Art at Haverford College. He is represented by Edward Thorp Gallery, New York.

About the List Gallery

Each year the List Gallery presents four exhibitions featuring works by both distinguished and emerging contemporary artists. In April and May, we feature a series of senior thesis exhibitions by Swarthmore College art majors. In June, we highlight the achievements of Alumni artists.

The gallery director and exhibition committee select exhibitions that both complement the studio arts and art history curriculum and serve the Greater Philadelphia region. Exhibiting artists serve as visiting critics and lecturers, giving students and members of the general public access to a broad range of media and interpretation.

Both contemporary and occasional historical exhibitions demonstrate excellence in the visual arts and engage diverse communities in an ongoing dialogue. Because artists raise important questions about history, society, and identity, exhibitions offer important opportunities for interdisciplinary study.

Located in the Lang Performing Arts Center, the List Gallery's 1,200 square-foot facility was made possible in part through generous gifts by Vera G. List and by Eugene and Theresa Lang. The Phillip Bruno Fine Art Fund supports work with the permanent collection. The List Gallery Exhibition Fund supports List Gallery exhibitions and special initiatives. Ann Trimble Warren Exhibition Fund supports the senior thesis exhibition series. The Marjorie Heilman Visiting Lecture Fund and the Donald Jay Gordon Visiting Artist Fund allow the Department of Art to invite distinguished artists to lecture and to exhibit at Swarthmore College.