'O.P.P.' (2010) 60 x 70 inches. Oil on canvas.

Blast Radius
By Sharon L. Butler

Joy Garnett: Boom & Bust
621 West 27th Street, NYC
October 15-November13, 2010
Joy Garnett's forceful new paintings capture the evanescent bursts of violence recorded by photojournalists... Seeking to transform her secondary experience of the depicted events into something more authentic, Garnett culls photographs of military explosions from online sources, reconstituting the harrowing, split-second images using traditional oil paint and canvas. Painting fast and loose, she renounces exactitude to embrace clunky, restless brushwork that fuses painterly glee with exasperated rage, setting the explosions adrift from both their geographical and their political contexts. [full article]