Larry Beisler “Strange Bird on a Cheeseboard” Aug. 3 – Sept. 15 opening reception with the artist First Friday, Aug. 3, 6-9 pm
hours Wednesday-Saturday 1-6,
First Friday Gallery Hops 1-9, and by appointment
642 E. Market St.
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Garner Narrative celebrates art with generative messiness and personal-political content. These are some hallmarks of a committed studio practice, in which fluid personal truth is defined through artmaking.
In a contemporary narrative artwork, the plot is rarely fixed or linear. The meaning of a story emerges only in conversation with what a person brings to it. This is a source of tremendous energy and creative possibility.
Gallery owner Joyce Garner is a self-taught painter. Contemporary influences are Grace Hartigan, Paula Rego, Juan Munoz, and Roy DeForest. Her intent is shaped by how she uses art in her personal life. She prefers works which reward extended contemplation. “I love to sit in front of a piece in the mornings with a cup of hot tea in my hands, and let my mind go. I want art that gives me a place to go.”
Gallery director Angie Reed Garner’s favored theme is the fragility of the identity which makes social life possible. Her paintings and installations explore gender, place, continuity and discontinuity of self, marginality, public/private, and the refusal of (self) alienation. Her mother, Joyce Garner, is an obvious and vital influence. “They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I have a lot to say and painting is efficient.”
For more about Angie Reed, visit her website.