Joy Garnett: Being There @ Platform Gallery, Seattle

Platform4Joy Garnett Being There

October 23 to December 13, 2014

Press: New American Paintings review 2014 [PDF]

Erin Langner, New American Paintings: Being There Again and Again: Joy Garnett at Platform Gallery

Platform Gallery is pleased to present our first solo exhibition of works by New York-based Joy Garnett. Joy’s work deals with the theme of “the unquiet image in the media” as her general subject, within which there are more specific subcategories: machine vision; images of conflicts in and around the Middle East; images from screen grabs of leaked US classified military videos, for example. She has been “circumnavigating the same subjects and mediating them or filtering them through painting over the years.”

Regarding this exhibition Joy writes, “Media images of natural and man-made disasters function not to bring us closer to these events, but to give us the illusion of ‘being there.’ Moving along a different trajectory than reportage, painting walks the line between metaphysical engagement and story-telling without giving us clear guidelines for interpretation. By not offering contexts for the events depicted, painting sidesteps the journalistic urge to explore other possibilities.

“The paintings in Being There merge fact with fantasy as they draw upon found news images for subject matter. By absorbing media images and ‘re-making them,’ they exploit our expectation and desire to witness events we can’t experience firsthand. Purposefully ambiguous, the paintings in Being There stir unexpected associations, partial recognitions, unlikely comparisons, and far-flung projections. There is no one correct way to read them since they reflect the varied viewpoints and expectations of the viewers themselves.”

Joy Garnett is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who works with archives. Her projects use painting, online repositories, and social media performance to explore the crossroads of our digital and material worlds. Her work has been shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle), aeroplastics (Brussels), Boston University Art Gallery, MoMA PS1, CUNY Graduate Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and is included in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences, Philip Morris, and The West Collection. She has received grants from Anonymous Was a Woman, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Wellcome Trust, and The Chipstone Foundation. Garnett writes the column ‘Copy That!’ for Art21 Magazine and has served as Arts Editor of Cultural Politics, a refereed journal published by Duke University Press, since 2005. Her writings have appeared in a few anthologies as well as in Harper’s, Journal of Visual Culture, and Ibraaz, the leading critical forum on visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East. She continues to edit her blog NEWSgrist, which she launched in the spring of 2000. Garnett is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice (DIAP) MFA program at The City College of New York. She hopes to further realize projects drawn from her family archive. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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