JoyGarnett CV [PDF]
Joy Garnett’s paintings are about transformations that take place in the landscape. Translating found imagery of man-made or natural disasters, machine visions and surveilled but forgotten spaces, Garnett makes connections between direct experience and ubiquitous media narratives that operate beyond our control. She combines a wet-into-wet technique with a layered, built-up paint surface to reflect the violence and harmonies occurring on land, water and in the sky. Her compositions serve as metaphors for disruptions endured in interior as well as exterior landscapes, and conflicts depicted in the media and on the picture plane itself.
Joy Garnett is a painter who lives and works in New York. She studied painting at L’École des beaux-arts in Paris and completed her MFA at the City College of New York. Her paintings have been shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum; MoMA-PS1, the Whitney Museum, The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center, The FLAG Art Foundation (all in New York); Boston University Art Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and the Witte Zaal (Ghent, Belgium). Her work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art in America, ARTnews, TimeOut, The Brooklyn Rail, Artnet, Artforum, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and elsewhere. Catalogue essays by Lucy Lippard, Deborah Frizzell, Benjamin Godsill and Tim Griffin have accompanied her exhibitions. She 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).
From 2005 until 2016, Joy served as Arts Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Cultural Politics published by Duke University Press. Her paintings and writings have appeared, sometimes side by side, in an eclectic array of publications, including artnet; Art21 Magazine; Ibraaz (edited by Anthony Downey, 2013); Ping Pong, the literary journal of the Henry Miller Memorial Library (edited by Shelley Marlow, 2015); and the The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook (edited by Natalie Eve Garrett, powerHouse Books, 2016). Scholarly books where her paintings and writings have appeared include Virilio Now: Current Perspectives in Virilio Studies (Polity, Cambridge, UK 2011); The Virilio Dictionary (Edinburgh University Press, 2013); and Virilio and Visual Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), edited by John Armitage.
Joy has been working on several projects that revolve around her late grandfather, the Egyptian modernist poet and bee scientist A.Z. Abushâdy (1892-1955). For information visit The Bee Kingdom.