The New Social Environment#469

Doomscrolling: Zorawar Sidhu and Rob Swainston

Featuring Sidhu, Swainston, and Andrew Woolbright


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artists Zorawar Sidhu and Rob Swainston join Rail contributor Andrew Woolbright for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from imogen xtian smith.

In this talk

Visit Zorawar Sidhu and Rob Swainston: Doomscrolling on view at Petzel, 35 E 67th Street, from January 6–February 12, 2021

Zorawar Sidhu

A portrait of Zorawar Sidhu
Photo by Adam Golfer
Artist Zorawar Sidhu was born in 1985 in Ludhiana, India, and currently lives and works in New York City. With a background in art history and fine arts, his projects recreate art historical artifacts using contemporary technology and historical materials and techniques. He has exhibited projects with galleries and museums nationally, including exhibitions with Marginal Utility, Spring/Break Art Show with Field Projects, Five Myles, the Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Museum of The Town of Vestal, NY.

Rob Swainston

A portrait of Rob Swainston
Photo by Adam Golfer
Artist Rob Swainston was born in 1970 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in New York City. His work is informed by a dual academic background in political science and art. He is an Associate Professor at Purchase College and co-founder and Master Printer for Prints of Darkness. Rob has been awarded numerous residencies including Skowhegan, Marie Walsh Sharpe, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Solo and group exhibitions include Marginal Utility, David Krut Projects, Bravin Lee Programs, Socrates Sculpture Park, Smack Mellon, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, IPCNY, Canada Gallery, Queens Museum, and the Bronx Museum. Rob was most recently the Ludwig Foundation Professor for Printmaking at the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin for 2020–21.

Andrew Woolbright

Andrew Woolbright
Artist, curator, and critic Andrew Woolbright is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is an MFA graduate from RISD in painting. Woolbright is the founder and director of the gallery Below Grand located on the Lower East Side in New York. In addition to curating, he is an Editor-at-Large at the Brooklyn Rail. In 2021, Woolbright curated the show Density Betrays Us with Angela Dufresne and Cash Ragona at the Hole; and curated shows at Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and Hesse Flatow in the summer or 2022. He currently teaches at School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute and is a 2021-2022 resident at the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in Dumbo.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have imogen xtian smith reading.

imogen xtian smith

Mirror selfie of imogen xtian smith.
Poet & performer imogen xtian smith’s first book, stemmy things, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books this September. They are an Emerge Surface Be Fellow at the Poetry Project & lives + works on Lenape lands / NYC.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.