GARDEN OF EMOJI DELIGHTS
Archival C-Print mounted on plexi with semi-gloss front lamination, 13′ x 7′ in an edition of three + 1AP, 2014
‘The Garden of Emoji Delights’ a full-scale in-visioning of Hieronymous Bosch’s iconic altarpiece. Gannis re-inscribes the triptych by using the newsecular, pop vocabulary of signs and digital symbols, contextualizing Emoji within this iconographic lineage. These symbols are as pervasive now as religious symbology was in the 15th and 16th centuries.
THE SELFIE DRAWINGS
‘Selfie Drawing 41 – Babel in Wonderland’ – Ink and Colored Pencil on Archival Pigment Print, 12” x 12”, 2015. Unique
‘The Selfie Drawings’ series consists of 52 drawings which were published in online public space over the course of 52 weeks – the set represents a year-long project in which Gannis performs “the self” through digital drawings, hybridizing contemporary selfie photography and traditional self portraiture. The digital drawings are printed with archival giclee process and finished by Gannis with hand-drawn detials in ink and colored pencil
NUDE DESCENDING A STAIRCASE
4K Video (Panoramic) 4096x2160px, 2016. Edition of 3 +1AP.
‘A Subject Self-Defined’ is a new body of work from Carla Gannis that addresses issues of branded identity; age and body estimation; catastrophe culture; and online agency via static, dynamic and interactive “selfie” imagery.
Gannis’ self-portraiture video series takes shape as 12 square format 4K videos installed as ‘contemporary predellas’ extending the narrative of 4 primary full 4K videos (1:9:1 panoramic) representing Gannis’s four seasons of the mind.
Carla Gannis is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA in painting from Boston University and is the recipient of several awards, including a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Grant in Computer Arts. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Most recently she collaborated with poet Justin Petropoulos on a transmedia book, installation and net art project entitled < legend > < /legend > (Jaded Ibis Press and Transfer Gallery, 2013). She is Assistant Chair of The Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute.
Statement from the Artist
My work examines the narrativity of 21st century representational technologies and questions the hybrid nature of identity, where virtual and real embodiments of self diverge and intersect. I feel akin to past and contemporary artists and writers who uncannily deconstruct rigid notions of reality and perception. The extension of this sensibility with computer-based applications is only natural to me as a reflection upon the Digital Age in which we all coexist.
Gannis’ second solo show with the gallery is in progress for January 2016
June 2016 –An extended version of ‘The Garden of Emoji Delights’ as part of the TRANSFER SEXTET
January 2016 –‘A Subject Self-Defined’ at TRANSFER
March 2015 –‘The Garden of Emoji Delights’ presented at the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, NYC
December 2014 –‘The Garden of Emoji Delights’ hypersalon, South Beach Miami
October 2014 –‘The Garden of Emoji Delights’ screening party in Brooklyn, NY
September 2013 –‘< legend > < /legend >’a collaborative cross-media exhibition
“The Selfie Drawings” is a hardcover, limited edition art catalog that transcends the parameters of a physical book, as contained within it, released over the period of a year, will be 52 augmented reality experiences. Gannis has produced a serialized augmented reality “book object” in collaboration with UNBOX’s #BehindTheFace project and Blippar AR technologies.