Carla Gannis | What's not on my mind?
Solo exhibition at Pablo's Birthday Gallery
opening Sat, Jan 23, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
526 Canal St, NYC 212.462.24111
"What's on your mind? "
Is there anything NOT on your mind? With the ubiquitous proliferation of social and information networks in our lives, EVERYTHING seems to always be on our collective mind(s).
In her second solo exhibition at Pablo's Birthday, Carla Gannis posts her personal "mind" reflections onto the gallery walls, and offers us, like the "drink me" bottle that jettisoned Alice into Wonderland, access into a world of nostalgic-futurist visions, pleasure-principled dystopias, and myth-based mash ups wrapped in sharp-eyed, but softly rendered social metaphor.
In these digitally painted narratives, we find fragments, like so many tweets or Facebook "on my mind" commentaries, stirred into a cocktail of subconscious visual meanderings and hybridity. For instance, in Gannis's centerpiece, The Park, references to art history and social networks collide, in an expansive panoramic triptych that exists pictorially somewhere between a traditional watercolor and a virtual role-playing fantasy game screen.