Artist Charles Swenson was honored to be featured in the inaugural exhbition for the grand opening of “The Loft @ Larchmont Village – It is a place of “Healing Activism.”
The exciting event took place on September 8th. It was a fabulous art party. Swenson’s work will be on view for several months. Call the center for hours to view work at 323 314-0780.
Swenson has enjoyed a successful career as an animator working in film and TV. Known for his work on the very popular series “Rugrats,” he has also worked on “Santo Bugito” and “Aahhh!! Real Monsters” as creative director, winning various awards including an Emmy for Best Children’s Program, a Humanitas Award and a Cable Ace Award.
Through his busy career, Charles Swenson has continued to create art and animation. Like most artists, inspiration comes to him from everyday objects from his life.
He has recently found an interest in his wife’s shoes. He explains, “My wife’s shoes, any woman’s shoes, high heeled, finely made are design wonders, I think. I love the subtle curve of the instep against the reverse curve on the inside of the heel, both complicated by the need to turn the right instep toward the left and vice-versa.”
Add to that, the female body and, the subject of his latest show was born. Swenson explains, “The female form is endlessly intriguing to me. Beautiful, practical, sumptuous, banal, bountiful…it has been depicted since the beginning of time and will I’m sure continue to be so.”
The focus of his upcoming show is the relationship of Nudes and Shoes. The classic studio nudes were originally painted in 2007, but are now radically changed with the intentional placement of a seductive high-heeled shoe or boot purposefully placed over the face or body. This dramatic obscuring of the figure asks the question of how fashion truly affects today’s woman.
In addition to serving as a community and arts center, the new space will be home the renowned clinical psychologist, Dr. Michelle Golland’s (see photo, right) practice.
Golland has been working out of the Larchmont area for some time. Known as one of the go-to psychology authorities regularly appearing on CNN, Dr. Michelle Golland has been working as a clinical psychologist for the last sixteen years and is also an avid art lover.
Golland has watched first hand how art can lead to healing. She explains, “While I was the director of Day Treatment Center for Chronically Mentally Ill Older Adults, we had an art therapy program with art therapists interns, and I became interested in art as a form of healing and understanding of self and identity.”
To view Charles Swenson’s work, please call for hours, at 323 314-0780.