Carla Gannis is an artist fascinated by digital semiotics and the situation of identity in the blurring contexts of physical and virtual. Brought up in North Carolina, Gannis currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She studied painting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before receiving an MFA from Boston University. She is faculty and the assistant chairperson of The Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute.
Upon her arrival to New York in the late 1990s, Gannis began incorporating digital elements into her painting-based practice. Since then she has eclectically explored the domains of “Internet Gothic” cutting and pasting from the threads of networked communication, googleable art history, and speculative fiction to produce dark and often humorous explorations of the human condition. Her practice of collage and remix illuminates the potentialities of democratization and alienation in technology. In her work, she invites viewers to experience inescapably mediated contemporary life “through a digital looking glass” where reflections on power, sexuality, marginalization, and agency, emerge.
Since 2003, Gannis’s work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo exhibitions include “Augmented Gardens and Other Emoji Delights” at the New Media Artspace, Baruch College, New York, 2017; “A Subject Self-Defined“ at TRANSFER Gallery, New York, 2016; and “The Garden of Emoji Delights” at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT 2015. Her work has been featured in press and publications including, ARTnews, The Creators Project, Wired, FastCo, Hyperallergic, Art F City, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The LA Times, amongst others. She has participated on numerous panels regarding intersections in art and technology including “Let’s Get Digital,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2014. Her speculative fiction was included in DEVOURING THE GREEN:: fear of a human planet: a cyborg / eco poetry anthology, published by Jaded Ibis Press 2015. Her augmented reality artist book The Selfie Drawings was awarded the Founder's Award from the 2016 Lumen Prize.