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Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present “Boom and Bust\ ,” our second solo exhibition by New York artist Joy Garnett. In six dazzling new paintings\, Garnett continues her investigation of sublime sp ectacle through works on canvas sourced from photography of military events . For the “Boom and Bust” series\, her focus has shifted to the sky. Gone a re the horizon lines or objects on the ground used to convey a sense of sca le in her other works. Instead\, Garnett’s explosive\, phantasmagorical sha pes evoke painterly tropes and pop iconography. They also bring to mind the psychological\, cultural\, and economic cycles of creation and destruction .

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Garnett continues to develop her methods of the past decade\, pul ling source images from the Internet and other mass media outlets\, where t here is never any shortage of spectacular and apocalyptic imagery. Acknowle dging that news footage and generic imagery of war\, natural disasters and man-made catastrophes form much of our common\, day-to-day experience both directly and through their derivatives in movies\, gaming\, television and entertainment culture\, Garnett’s work diverts such imagery yet again throu gh the “lens” of her painting\, rendering it with a twist that is personal\ , playful\, and moving.

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Without a horizon line\, th e frame of both landscape and painting is suddenly afloat\, aloft\, escapin g the original narratives of their source imagery and representations as we might come across them in vernacular settings. This approach permits a dir ect exploration through specific traditions in painting\, as well as pop cu lture motifs. Hence\, while presenting us with a central explosive form\, e ach painting draws upon a range of cultural tropes\, from the loose geometr y of "O.P.P." and the evocative homage of "Rose\," to the cartoon-like whoo sh of air in "Poof" [pictured above]\, and the cataclysmic but no less comp elling abyss of "Lost."

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As Garnett has written about this work: “Pe rhaps perversely\, the very unctuous medium of paint is an excellent tool t o turn on the dominant form of the image today\, which is electronic and ph oto-based. Paint offers us a real counterpoint as a material and as a mode of communication\, and it packs a serious backlog of motifs\, languages and genres that can be called into play literally with the flick of a wrist. W hat’s important to me\, from the point of view of someone who makes paintin gs\, is to allow the viewer to come to any meanings – any interpretations o f content – on their own. What matters most is contemplation.”

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J oy Garnett's paintings\, based on images she gathers from the Internet\, ex amine the apocalyptic sublime at the intersections of media\, politics and culture. Notable past exhibitions include”That Was Then...This Is Now\,” Mo MA P.S.1 and “Image War\,” Whitney Museum of American Art.  She is a recip ient of a grant from Anonymous Was a Woman\, and serves as Arts Editor for the scholarly journal Cultural Politics. Garnett lives and works in New York.

DTEND:20101113 DTSTAMP:20140821T140732 DTSTART:20101015 GEO:40.7465061;-73.9740575 LOCATION:Winkleman Gallery\,303 East 37th Street \nNew York\, NY 10016 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Boom & Bust\, Joy Garnett UID:128766 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20101015T200000 DTSTAMP:20140821T140732 DTSTART:20101015T180000 GEO:40.7465061;-73.9740575 LOCATION:Winkleman Gallery\,303 East 37th Street \nNew York\, NY 10016 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Boom & Bust\, Joy Garnett UID:128923 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR