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JoAnne Carson

Nature Pops!
Glyndor Gallery | July 12–September 5

Field Days, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 60” x 78”. Courtesy of the artist.

JoAnne Carson’s work reflects on the theme of nature as subject matter for artists, from awe in the 19th century to anxiety in the 21st. She observes that the longing for an authentic experience—even in the natural world—may no longer be possible when technological advances have blurred the lines between organic and synthetic. In Carson’s fantastical landscapes, flora comes to life, assuming threatening postures and exhibiting qualities that remind us of characters from comic books. At the same time, her paintings employ a wide range of Modernist mark-making: pointillist dabs, crosshatching, gestural brushstrokes and abstract, geometric shapes. With skewed perspective, she creates a foreboding and disconcerting sense of space. In her work, Carson explores the instability of life and our shifting relationship to the natural world, opening possibilities for wonderment, however exciting and uneasy.

Carson’s paintings, sculptures and drawings have been exhibited in numerous one- and two-person shows at such venues as The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; and Claire Oliver Gallery, Joan Washburn Gallery, Ruth Siegel Gallery and Plus Ultra Gallery, all in New York, NY. Her work has been represented in notable group exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial; and in shows at the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA. She is a 2016 recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Carson attended the University of Illinois and received an MFA from the University of Chicago.


The Volunteer, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 65” x 48”. Courtesy of the artist.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.