A Subject Self-Defined

CARLA GANNIS :: A SUBJECT SELF-DEFINED

January 23 through March 19, 2016,  TRANSFER Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

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The Selfie Drawings book with essay by Dorothy Santos

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Season 4 : Nude Descending a Staircase (top)  Monkey on Your Back, Post-Selfie, Electronic Graveyard No. 2 / The Upload (bottom, l to r) ::Watch video: https://vimeo.com/154582613

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Season 4

04Season3Season 3 : Bunny (top) Teresa with Angel, Little Green Woman, Abstraction (bottom, l to r) :: Watch video: https://vimeo.com/154514856

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06Season2Season 2 ; The Eccentric (top) Babel in Wonderland, Peer to Peer, Woman in Landscape (bottom, l to r) Watch video :: https://vimeo.com/154512261

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The Eccentric

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Season 1  and Season 3

09Season1Season 1 : Plato’s Cave (top) Magic Carpet Ride, The Golden Shower, Demoiselles (bottom, l to r) Watch video :: https://vimeo.com/154515003

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Faultline :: Watch video: https://vimeo.com/156980152

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THE SELFIE DRAWINGS & A SUBJECT SELF-DEFINED

The Selfie Drawing Project (*see book project HERE: ) began as a search, turning my gaze upon myself (and my electronic devices) to see what I might find there. In January of 2015 I felt an intense urge to begin working on a new body of work, one that in fact, incorporated my body. I felt vulnerable at first, speaking more directly through my own voice, and using myself as a character in the digital narratives that seem to be my most natural form of expression. I’ve been taking selfies for years, but before incorporating them into my art, I needed to find an element of selfie vernacular to recontextualize. Drawing, usually the first phase of any series I begin, became the vehicle for me to embark on this project.

Gannis has produced a serialized augmented reality “book object” in collaboration with UNBOX’s#BehindTheFace project and Blippar AR technologies.
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The culmination of this body of work is A Subject Self-Defined, a solo exhibition of large-format looped moving images and an augmented reality book (produced in collaboration with UNBOX and Blippar), that takes its title from Joseph Kosuth’s 1966 neon sculpture that spells out and is eponymously titled “A Subject Self-Defined.” He belonged to a group of artists involved in stripping down the art object, reducing it to ideas and information that were detached from personal meaning. Forty-nine years later, when we find art in the age of networked identity and digital dematerialization, I am perplexed by subjecthood and self-definition in relationship to the “personal” when performed publicly.”