My approach to painting has involved the translation of found photographs and media images of cataclysmic events taking place in the landscape, such as violent accidents, strange weather, and global military interventions. While the landscape continues to be the central theme in my work, I am increasingly abstracting and encrypting its sources. I have tipped the landscape on its side and worked it into inhospitable vertical formats. Oblique shapes and colors erupt and disrupt one another, oceans, mountains and clotted valleys are rendered as fantastical spaces where the material gesture pushes the traditional landscape into a realm of uncertainty.
Joy Garnett is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA in Humanities from McGill University, studied painting at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and completed her MFA at the City College of New York. Joy’s paintings have been shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum, MoMA-PS1, the Whitney Museum, The FLAG Art Foundation, Boston University Art Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and the Witte Zaal, Ghent, Belgium. Catalogue essays by Lucy Lippard, Deborah Frizzell, Benjamin Godsill, and Tim Griffin, have accompanied exhibitions of her work, which has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art in America, ARTNews, The Brooklyn Rail, Artnet, Artforum, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and elsewhere. Joy has received grants from Anonymous Was a Woman, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Wellcome Trust, and The Chipstone Foundation. Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington DC), Altria, and The West Collection (Oaks, PA).
In addition to being a visual artist, Joy is a writer and editor. From 2005 until 2016, she served on the editorial board and as Arts Editor for the peer-reviewed journal ‘Cultural Politics’ published by Duke University Press. Her art writings have appeared in numerous journals, blogs and magazines, including Harper’s, The Dramatist, M/E/A/N/I/N/G, Journal of Visual Culture, Two Coats of Paint, Artnet, and Art21 Magazine. Her writings on painting and mass media have been published in a number of books, notably the anthology ‘Virilio and Visual Culture’ published by Edinburgh University Press. She has participated in symposia held at the Radcliffe Institute For Advanced Study, NYU’s Radical Archives Conference, Columbia University School of the Arts, School of Visual Arts, Printed Matter, and the Vera List Center.
Joy has been working on a book about her late grandfather, A.Z. Abushâdy (1892-1955), an Egyptian modernist poet and bee scientist. For information about her book and related projects, please visit The Bee Kingdom.
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