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Swoon, Monica Canilao and Dennis McNett Construct a Dream World at Galleria Patricia Armocida

Currently on display at Galleria Patricia Armocida in Milan, Italy, "The Folding of a Known World" is a seamless collaboration among three distinct American talents: Swoon, Monica Canilao and Dennis McNett. McNett's ferocious animal characters usually occupy a blank page, while Swoon's surreal, cut-out portraits adapt to whatever context they are pasted into. When joined with the found-object dream world installations of Canilao, however, McNett and Swoon's large-scale woodblock print characters appear to settle into their natural home. Read more after the jump!

Currently on display at Galleria Patricia Armocida in Milan, Italy, “The Folding of a Known World” is a seamless collaboration among three distinct American talents: Swoon, Monica Canilao and Dennis McNett. McNett’s ferocious animal characters usually occupy a blank page, while Swoon’s surreal, cut-out portraits adapt to whatever context they are pasted into. When joined with the found-object dream world installations of Canilao, however, McNett and Swoon’s large-scale woodblock print characters appear to settle into their natural home. An avid collector of fabrics, antiques and raw materials, Canilao has a knack for transforming rectangular, white-walled gallery spaces into post-apocalyptic habitats fit for goddesses or mythical beings. With Swoon’s meticulously carved, expressive human figures and McNett’s portraits of toothy predators peaking out of the nooks and crannies of the carefully arranged textures strewn about the gallery, the installations become veritable spirit worlds. Take a look at some images courtesy of Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milano. – Nastia Voynovskaya

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