The Shape of Things to Come features the artist’s arresting plexiglass sculptures alongside an intervention on the gallery’s floor and walls. Schwer is a painters’ painter, concerning himself solely with the relationship between colour, space, light, and movement. His work, however, is far removed from the traditional two-dimensional canvas.
With a profoundly spatialized mode of painting Schwer produces sculptural installations charged with light and colour that express an imploding impulse. He begins with flat Plexiglas plates painted with broad-brush strokes of coloured pigment. Then, in one transient moment, through high heat and considerable force, they are spun, twisted, and folded into complex labyrinthine forms. With this gesture, the two-dimensional picture plane is transformed into a three dimensional body of colour that captures the performativity of its making. Schwer’s paintings transform into dynamic sculptures that appear to expand like evolving creatures on the verge of a luminous burst. The work reflects a tendency in contemporary painting praxis to move beyond the two-dimensional plane, and situate itself within the context of postmodern obsessions with acceleration and urbanity.