SWOON (Caledonia Dance Curry) is known for her life-sized, wheat-pasted prints and paper cutouts on the streets of New York. She was born in Connecticut, raised in Florida, and moved to NYC to study painting at Pratt Institute. Her subject matter is people, and many of the times these people are her friends and family. Her work is inspired by art history, folk stories, and emphasizes participation (people relating to the life-sized figures on street walls, but she also initiates collaboration projects within communities). To make her images, she makes prints of her detailed, gestural images onto sheets of newsprint, which she displays on walls using wheat paste.
Dirk Hagner was born, raised, and educated in Germany where he studied drawing and painting at Folkwang School of Arts. He moved to the United States and has lived here since the early 1980s. Both his artistic methods and his themes include a merging of old and new... he makes use of letterpress and etching with photo intaglio and fax machines. He employs old historical references to make commentary on modern politics, for example.