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Meet Nathan Swan, #CurateWithCE June winner

Posted on July 15, 2015

Our #CurateWithCE Instagram photo contest is in full swing! Fans have posted photographs of CE artwork in their homes, offices, gardens, garage, treehouses, etc. on Instagram using the hashtag #CurateWithCE. Each month the regramed submission with the most "likes" is featured on our blog and social media channels.

Congratulations to Nathan Swan, whose submission of an artwork by CE artist Bill Snyder received the most "likes" in June! Get to know Nathan in the following Q&A.

1. When and how did you first discover Creativity Explored?

I first learned about Creativity Explored In 2002 through a friend of mine. When my friend's mother came from out of town the three of us paid an enjoyable visit one afternoon.

At the time I was quite broke in the sense that I could buy lunch but not much else beyond that. Of course I bought my Creativity Explored piece instead. Luckily my friend’s mother bought me pancakes later.

2. What stood out about Creativity Explored to you?

What is created at Creativity Explored to me represents everything great to be found at the heart of American Art. The work is intuitive, its identity is pure.

3. When did you start collecting?

Probably when I was a kid, whenever or however I started to became aware of the aesthetic potential for objects and space. Over time I gathered found objects and then later the art imparted by friends.

4. What do you look for when selecting work?

I feel like it selects me. A hackneyed explanation, but no less honest. I go for sincerity or for earnestness in the insincere. I like what I can rely on to galvanize my environment. With that in mind it doesn’t hurt to be provocative sometimes.

5. What drew you to the work you own from Creativity Explored?

There is a lot to consider with this self assured fellow giving the thumbs up. I appreciate that he appears just as playful as he could possibly ominous. It’s good to check in with him before leaving the house as a way to gauge your reflection and also ruminate about it.

6. How do you decide and design the hanging?

I found the frame at Salvation Army for five dollars and it’s uncannily perfect. I live in Brooklyn now, in a prewar building with many nice details all somewhat obscured by too many coats of paint. The piece fits neatly within a portion of the wall’s moulding. It’s arranged with a preserved fetal shark and preserved spider, several cabinet cards, a teenage portrait of my mother, a set of antique hypodermic needles, and a handful of stones collected from exotic places.

Nobody misses this piece when they visit. It garners a lot of attention and I love telling people about where it came from.

7. What advice would you give to young collectors?

Forgo life’s necessities like food and buy unique art instead.

#CurateWithCE Instagram Photo Contest is open until Monday, August 24, 2015. For more information, please click here

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