October 17—November 15, 2008
Carla Gannis: Who's seen Jezebel (main gallery)
Duncan R. Anderson: New Work(project room)
Opening reception October 17, 2008, 6-9 pm
*Duncan R. Anderson: Artist’s Talk for Chicago Artists Month, Saturday, October 18, 12-1pm
CHICAGO, IL: kasia kay art projects gallery is pleased to announce both the second solo exhibition of work by Carla Gannis as well as the first solo exhibition of work by Duncan R. Anderson.
Carla Gannis' work deals with the female archetype Jezebel - a figure of the Old Testament – one who implied for many centuries heathenism and lust. In modernity she is increasingly linked to nonconformity as for example the main character in the movies “Jezebel“ (1938) and “Gone with the Wind“ (1939). Today Jezebel is multidimensional: a brave rebel, seductress, feminist icon who has been given form in literature, film, and musical interpretations.
In Gannis´ large-scale new-media artwork she re-invents different aspects of the Jezebel persona via digital painting. A multitude of complex characters is unified in her representations: the nonconformist, the beauty, the rebel, the sex goddess, the victim (bondwoman, slave) and the super hero. Gannis lifts her figures on a newly-created stage from where they radiate strength, intelligence and complexity. They now triumph over mythology, history and stereotypes which have formed and defined in the collective subconsciousness the term of femaleness for generations. Her main characters wear red – just as the historic example, not only as a signifier of lust and sexuality, but as an expression of courage and revolution in resistance of the cliché.
In her artwork Gannis expresses her contemporary re-interpretation of the Jezebel-myth through image and metaphor. In the context of the digital age the interpretation of this topic, with the help of computer-based techniques, is only logical and consequent.
Gannis’ work comprises large-scaled digital prints, a wall installation, a life-size silhouette, a PHSCologram created in collaboration with (art)n, and an interactive digital game work*, which can be experienced on the website of the gallery as well as in the gallery itself.
The show will be accompanied by a catalogue in English, available also as PDF file via email.
Duncan Anderson’s drawings, sculptures and installations take us through a landscape of emotional states, transporting us not only through popular culture but also trough layers of history. Sometimes the work can be simple and exuberant, while at other times dazzling and touching. The artist often pokes fun at himself while creating pieces that exude humor, sadness, and sarcasm.
Carla Gannis, originally from Oxford, North Carolina, currently lives and works in New York. Trained as a painter, receiving her BFA from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her MFA from Boston University, Gannis shifted to producing multi-media print and installation work in the late 1990's.
The artist is the recipient of several awards including a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, a Chashama AREA Visual Arts Studio Award in New York City, and an Emerge 7 Fellowship from the Aljira Art Center.
Nationally and internationally, Gannis has exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions at various venues: museums, galleries, and international art fairs. Features on Gannis's work have appeared in Res Magazine, Animal Magazine, Collezioni Edge, Opium Magazine, LIC Magazine, and 11211, and her work has been reviewed in NY Arts Magazine, The Daily News, The Village Voice, and The New York Times.
Duncan Anderson received his BA from East Tennessee State University. His work has been exhibited in Chicago, IL including East Tennessee Landscapes, (solo exhibition) at Columbia College; Mexico City, Mexico; New York, NY; and Los Angeles, CA. Articles on Anderson have appeared in the Chicago Reader and New City Chicago.
Left: Carla Gannis, Peepbox (close-up view), 20" x 20", Plastic figurines, Duratrans Print, Aluminum, Wood, 2008
Right: Duncan R. Anderson, Duncan R. Anderson, American Animal 1605, drawing, 2008