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New Exhibition by American Artist Erick Swenson at James Cohan Gallery

NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan Gallery presents a new exhibition by American artist Erick Swenson, opening April 1st and running through May 1st, 2010. This is the artist’s third exhibition at the gallery. The centerpiece is a new large-scale sculpture, “Ne Plus Ultra” (2010), on view with a selection of other works dating from 2001 to the present. With striking verisimilitude, Swenson’s uncanny dioramic sculptures, inspired by the artist’s childhood passion for the taxidermy animals at the natural history museum, are populated by mythical animals; these hybrid creatures are strangely familiar and yet appear to come from an entirely different realm. On view in the main gallery is the recent work “Ne Plus Ultra”, an elaboration on Swenson’s earlier sculpture of the same name; a depiction of a decomposing animal head with a scrimshaw