carla gannis
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Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

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.

Gannis's 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. She feels akin to past and contemporary artists and writers who uncannily deconstruct rigid notions of reality and perception.
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Carla Gannis: Garden of Emoji Delights

Fri Oct 24, 2014 18:00 - Sat Nov 15, 2014

Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

Kasia Kay Art Projects is proud to announce the opening of Carla Gannis’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, entitled: Garden of Emoji Delights.

The exhibition is an installation of a large scale triptych, which comprises digitally collaged emoji symbols and animated characters into Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, (1500-1505), along with a small 3-D printed sculpture entitled " Escape Pod", a collaboration between Gannis and Everett Kane that explores the theatrical poetries of the modern domicile.

In an essay accompanying The Garden of Emoji Delights titled ‘Digicalyptic Realities, or The Frolic of the Flat’, curator Sabin Bors claims that this is arguably one of the most relevant digital works in recent years. While discussing digital symbology in its relation to Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, the relation between Emoji Delights and the works of other contemporary artists influenced by Bosch, or the place of Emoji Delights in the work of Carla Gannis, the author makes an interesting interpretation on the role of the digital in contemporary society and the passage from culture to civilization.

For all its technological infrastructure, the digitalization of communication is seen as a means to disseminate an increasingly analogical content that bears more emotional charge and agency. Sabin Bors argues, however, that to understand The Garden of Emoji Delights, we must understand the type of culture these images and their power belong to, the technological codifications of today’s language, and the relation between expressions and consumer culture.

Acknowledgements: Rafia Olufemi Santana, Studio Assistant

Accompanying Events: On October 31st, TRANSFER Gallery, Brooklyn, NY will present a special one-night screening event in conjunction with Gannis’s solo show at Kasia Kay Gallery. The full-scale reproduction of the original will be revealed in its digital format. The screening event will be accompanied by an Emoji Costume Ball on Halloween Night.

Artist Bio: Carla Gannis lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Gannis is the recipient of several awards and her work has been featured or reviewed in The Huffington Post, Wired, Art F City, Hyperallergic, The Wallstreet Journal, & The New York Times, among others. 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 faculty and Assistant Chair of the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute.

Carla Gannis is represented by Kasia Kay Art projects Gallery in Chicago and by Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn.


TRANSFER Gallery Exhibition with Carla Gannis and Justin Petropoulos

Sat Sep 07, 2013 07:00 - Sat Sep 07, 2013

Brooklyn, United States of America

TRANSFER Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Carla Gannis and Justin Petropoulos from September 7th through 28th, 2013

::: Opening Reception ::: SATURDAY September 7 ::: 7-11PM :::

is a collaborative project of poems and drawings based on text redactions of The Book of Earths, by Edna Kenton, a compendium of theories of the shape of the Earth, and its surrounding folklore.

While the project is rooted in analog works, specifically poems by Justin Petropoulos and ink drawings by Carla Gannis, it grows these texts and images into digital paintings, animations, projection mapped & 3D printed sculptures, as well as interactive works.

The project's title, , is an empty html tag. The viewer/reader must complete the meaning themselves. The definition of the legend is determined by the movement within ones own cartographies.

The first manifestation of is a printed volume of the poems and drawings, produced by Jaded Ibis Press :::

A limited number of copies will be available for purchase at the opening reception.

In its second manifestation the project expands into the gallery space – a new body of work that spans a variety of media including an interactive redaction application launching at the opening reception.

The project will continue to grow and iterate – before, during and after the exhibition – follow along on these channels:

CARLA GANNIS has exhibited in solo and group art exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has shown at Pablo’s Birthday Gallery and Claire Oliver Gallery in New York, as well as The Boulder Museum of Art in Boulder, Colorado and TZR Galerie in Dusseldorf, Germany. Gannis is the recipient of a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Grant in Computer Arts, an Emerge 7 Fellowship from the Aljira Art Center, and a Chashama AREA Visual Arts Studio Award. Gannis holds an MFA in Painting from Boston University. She is currently Assistant Chair of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute.

JUSTIN PETROPOLOUS is the author of the poetry collection, Eminent Domain, selected by Anne Waldman for the 2010 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, Gulf Coast, Mandorla, Portland Review, and most recently in Spinning Jenny. Petropoulos holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University. He is an adjunct faculty member at New Jersey City University, where he teaches composition and creative writing.

::: Opening September 7th 7PM-11PM :::
An opening reception will be held on September 7th from 7-11PM at the gallery.

TRANSFER is an exhibition space that explores the friction between digital practice and its physical instantiation. Transfer supports artists working with digital practice to realize aggressive installation and promote collection of their work.

Transfer Gallery ::: 1030 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn 11211


Carla Gannis | What's not on my mind?

Sat Jan 23, 2010 00:00 - Wed Jan 20, 2010

United States of America

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.


Studio Assistant

Tue Feb 26, 2008 14:01

I'm looking for a person skilled in Flash CS3 and Action Script 3 to assist me in the production of an internet-based interactive artwork to be exhibited at TZR Galerie, Dusseldorf and the Boulder Museum of Art in the Spring. The position would involve working with me one day a week in my Lower East Side Studio. All candidates will need to have a laptop w/ Flash CS3 installed. Pay is open to discussion based on skill level and availability.




opening: THURSDAY, MARCH 22nd, from 6-8pm
513 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.929.5949 |
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