TONY SCHWENSEN

Biography

Born Sydney, Australia in 1970, living and working in Boston, MA, USA since 2008. 

Tony Schwensen has maintained an active participation in contemporary art practice since 1988, including establishing and running artist run initiatives, hosting international artists, providing exhibition and performance opportunities and regularly exhibiting nationally and internationally. Schwensen’s research-based practice manifests as combinations of painting, sculpture, drawing, performance, video, installation, printmaking, photography, text, actions and interactions.

Schwensen completed a PhD at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, researching the influence and adaptation of the discipline specific investigations of Samuel Beckett on and into historic and contemporary video performance practice.

Schwensen was awarded the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship in 1998, enabling him to live and work in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 1999–2001. He was awarded the Power Studio residency at The Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2007. Schwensen’s work has been exhibited and performed worldwide and written about in publications that include Artforum, Art Krush, Frieze, Art Monthly, Flash Art, Eyeline, Broadsheet, Art & Text, RealTime and Art and Australia. Research outcomes have been presented in exhibitions, performances, lectures and conferences, in venues that range from museums, to state and national galleries, universities and art schools, commercial galleries, experimental art spaces, performance festivals, and public spaces across Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania. 

Interweaving fact, fictions, myth and propaganda,  recent research examines the socio-political history of the United States as a behavioral conditioner.