Thursday, February 14, 2008

Joy Garnett @ Winkleman Gallery, Feb 15 - Mar 15, 2008

Joy Garnett
New Paintings

Feb 15 – Mar 15, 2008
Opening: Thursday, February 21, 6-8 pm
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11 6 pm

Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by New York artist Joy Garnett. In four large canvases Garnett continues her groundbreaking exploration of the malleability of instantly globalized images and how they have begun to replace written language as the markers of mankind's collective memory or consciousness.

Unlike her last three New York exhibitions, which centered on specific themes of conflict or violence, this grouping is united only by the loose suggestion of images possibly taken at precisely the same moment in very different locations around the world. Garnett circles the planet to underscore perhaps the unstoppable imperative of this new lingua franca. The images Garnett paints are culled from digital mass media outlets and then archived for sometimes months at a time, permitting their context to evaporate. Returning to the image with a fuzzy at best memory of what it reportedly documented, Garnett’s process highlights the role misremembering plays in this new dubious "reality."

The optimistic rising sun in Morning in China references the economic ascent of the Asian giant, even as its smoggy landscape hints at the potential environmental disaster such rapid expanse can bring. The explosion and chaos suggested in the bright daylight of Noon points to the inescapably volatile nature that defines the seemingly ubiquitous power grabs taking place around the globe or simply the natural consequences of so much movement all at once. The South American seascape at moonlit dusk seen in Harbor (2) belies a calm similar to the Chinese morning, even as the blood red reflections hint at something sinister. And the overwhelmingly dark and massive destruction conveyed in the rubble of the World Trade Center in Night reminds us that there remains the potential for as-yet unimaginable nightmares. The first painting Garnett has been able to paint of the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks (despite it being the single most photographed event in human history), Night is a tour-de-force of expressionistic recollection visited upon its ubiquitous source image. It is also the only incident that's clearly identifiable among the exhibition's paintings, but as the event that only served to speed up an already insanely speedy world it has already taken on legendary status and become the central catalyst of the enhanced and panicked race to globalize.

Joy Garnett received her MFA from The City College of New York and studied painting at L'Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Her notable exhibitions include, Strange Weather at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC; Image War, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art (2006); When Artists Say We, Artists Space (2006); Visionary Anatomies, Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition (2004-2007); and Without Fear or Reproach, De Witte Zaal, Ghent, Belgium (2003).

For more information, please contact Edward Winkleman at 212.643.3152 or

Image above: Joy Garnett, Morning in China, 2007, oil on canvas, 60" x 70"


Anonymous twhid said...

bah! can't make the opening :(

Congrats Joy!

2/14/2008 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger zipthwung said...

It's too soon to paint satelite US 193, but I'm already working on it. I figure fragments will hit Arizona, the Pacific Ocean, and the continent of Mu.

Oh yeah, everyone dies in the end.


2/14/2008 02:06:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

This looks like a great show. I would really have loved to be there and see her work. Good job Ed, for promoting her!
This Newsgrist fan wishes her well!!!

2/14/2008 02:53:00 PM  
Blogger Joseph Giannasio said...

put down the Tom Robbins novel,
and step away from the keyboard..

Art stays if you ask it to...

60" x 70"
those are creapin in on Mary Boone sized dimensions.

looks good....

2/14/2008 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger zipthwung said...

Who's Tom Robbins? Did he write a 9-11 novel?

2/14/2008 05:15:00 PM  
Blogger zipthwung said...

i own 9-11.

1$ for one time use.

pay up.

2/14/2008 05:17:00 PM  
Blogger Joseph Giannasio said...

did you make a 9-11 reference?

I already secured the 9-11 rights from Rudy Giuliani, retroactive from the moan of the first amoeba split to the last tear shed by the southernmost Vegan grain of sand.
Paid in full the amount of mediocrity opposed in value to the light glistening off a drop of dew dangling from a firey red pubic hair freshly plucked from an ex patriot, disgraced cheerleader princess.

2/14/2008 08:56:00 PM  
Blogger zipthwung said...

I don't make 9-11 references.

"Vernon, Florida" was a good documentary.

2/15/2008 01:08:00 PM  
Blogger Joseph Giannasio said...

When I first read the title "Morning in China" it reminded me of the 84 Reagan ad Morning in America, I didn't think to search YouTube at the time but was searching other political topics and it came up with a Reagan search.
is it possible one day everything that has ever been on T.V. will be on YouTube?

2/16/2008 02:02:00 AM  
Blogger CAP said...

It's stretching a point to see much China in this painting (the odd curved roof?). Maybe that’s the point – you don’t see much of it, even in China, what with the ‘atmosphere’ – or is it just the brushstrokes?

I love Joy's brushwork, but I don't see it carrying any of the content Ed ascribes to it.

It made me think of the famous Monet sunset 'impression' and then of the countless, clueless Chinese knock-offs that get shown internationally these days. Oh yeah, the sun rises in the east, get it?

Maybe Joy should show in Beijing?

I wonder if China buys as much ‘western art’ as it exports? I mean if they’re seriously ‘westernising’ their culture, why bother with their own artists’ second-rate efforts, shouldn’t they just be buying the real deal? Tell me it has its own Saatchis, Rubells etc constantly orbiting NY, Berlin, London, Paris… Pop – pop - pop music…

But of course we all know there is a huge double standards game being played there/here – as there is over just about every other international issue. China is rich, has so many trillionaires, the fastest growing economy in the world – but China is a ‘developing’ nation, not ready to meet the same standards as the west, still coming to grips with fascism, oops - I mean democracy – of the more centralised, privileged kind, you understand. It’s the Confucius-confusion model – looking after the family first (so long as it’s a first family), getting that inside running, the best education and jobs, competition! – you love it once you know you’ll win.

But at least Garret has something to paint about – and has consistently!

But as usual, I keep thinking, don’t step back too far Joy, you never know what’s behind you.

2/16/2008 03:11:00 AM  
Blogger CAP said...

That should have been Garnett in the above, of course.

2/18/2008 10:11:00 PM  

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