|Joy Garnett is a New York artist whose work focuses on images of the apocalyptic-sublime and its intersections with media, politics and culture. Her paintings have been exhibited in the US and internationally, including at Debs & Co., Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, Clementine Gallery, White Columns and the New York Academy of Sciences (all in NY); G Fine Art and the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC; Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK; and Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium. In 2002 she organized the traveling exhibition Night Vision which opened at White Columns, NY. In 2004 she received a grant from the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation. She is the Arts Editor at Cultural Politics, an internationally refereed journal published by Berg, Oxford, UK.
Strange Weather is an ongoing series of paintings based on photographs of storms and "natural" disasters collected from the internet. It is a meditation on the current debate about global warming and climate change, and how they are representated in the media.
Collecting digital images from various news and government sites on the
Internet, Garnett unhinges them from their contextual framework by
introducing them into the traditional artistic genre of oil painting. Her works
illustrate the malleability of media imagery by rendering fleeting scenes of
conflict as permanent visceral effigies produced with a painterly meditation
that erodes the familiarity and acceptance of remote events delivered ever
more rapidly and repetitiously via evolving communications technology.
[Paul Brewer, Blasts, G Fine Arts, Washington, DC, 2005]
Ephemera + multiples:
Vija Celmins Catalogue
Wonders of the Sea: Shells
Cabinet: The Weather Issue
Planet Earth: Atmosphere
Strange Weather (2)
Oil on canvas
20 x 26 inches
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