Angie Reed Garner “shantyboating” at garner narrative contemporary fine art

Angie Reed Garner


Jan 16 – Mar 29

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I had no theories to prove. I merely wanted to try living by my own hands, independent as far as possible from a system of division of labor in which the participant loses most of the pleasure of making and growing things for himself. — Harlan Hubbard

Shantyboating begins from and returns to Harlan Hubbard’s ethos of human dignity through self-determined labor with the central symbol of a shantyboat – a small crude houseboat from times now past. Garner paints allegories of conflict, injustice, and resistance.

Garner writes, “There is no simple read on the paintings because the territory I cover isn’t simple. Layered, multidirectional narratives ask a lot from people. I promise the works are lucid even when surreal; that’s a metaphor at work. I demand my paintings to be meaningful. I’m surprised by the beauty that comes about from painting as truthfully as I can about un-beautiful things.”

Shantyboating is just one part of “Afloat: An Ohio River Way of Life,” a regional celebration of the Ohio River. “Afloat…” was inspired by the works of Kentucky’s Thoreau, Harlan Hubbard (1900-1988), and takes place throughout 2019.

Mark Long for Insider Louisville writes about the Afloat celebration, some local shantyboat history, and an early roundup of events.

LEO Weekly Staffpick To call a shantyboat a houseboat is to glorify it — it’s too makeshift for that. Angie Reed Garner uses the DIY boat as a metaphor for resistance and self-preservation.  —Jo Anne Triplett

.garner narrative contemporary fine art
642 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Wed-Sat 1-6, Sun 12-5, First Fridays 1-9, and by appointment

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