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Joy Garnett

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Sploosh (2010) 54 x 60 inches. Oil/canvas
Pink Bomb (2011) 54 x 60 inches. Oil/canvas
Roil (2011) 54 x 60 inches. Oil/canvas
Predator 1 (2012) 16 x 16 inches. Oil/canvas
Predator 2 (2012) 16 x 16 inches. Oil/canvas
Artist's Statement

My paintings are associated with the 'apocalyptic sublime', a metaphysical condition of astonishment and awe. Culling my source images from the Internet while referencing painterly tropes that include Abstraction, Op Art and the Luminist landscapes of the 19th century, my work continues to develop its own pictorial engagement with the vertiginous information explosion that defines our 21st century Technological Sublime Age.


Joy Garnett is a painter and social media artist who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her paintings, based on found images of explosive events, locate instances of the apocalyptic sublime in mass media culture. Her social media performances examine the intersections of our digital and material worlds. Garnett's work was recently on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum in The Tool at Hand, which will travel in 2013 to museums in Portland Oregon, Philadelphia and Houston. Notable past exhibitions include That Was Then..This Is Now, MoMA P.S.1, and Image War, Whitney Museum of American Art. She is a recipient of a grant from Anonymous Was a Woman. Garnett is currently working on 'The Bee Kingdom', a family memoir and visual archive about her grandfather, A.Z. Abushady, poet, publisher and bee scientist of Egypt's Old Regime. She is represented by Winkleman Gallery, NY.