GA Gardner explores politics, race, culture and identity through artistic lens

We are often exposed to dazzling amounts of print media in our daily lives. Many of us are engulfed by this information, from which it is almost impossible to unplug or tune out. This continuous stream of media is alluring, powerful, and even seductive to most but often not inclusive of diverse cultures; placing popular news over more important issues.

Through the lens of his Caribbean heritage, GA Gardner’s work uses the media content to create an intimate viewpoint of his intercultural experience. He dissects, covers up, reveals, layers, and re-contextualizes the material in the print publications he uses, to construct pieces that specifically discuss issues of politics, race, culture, and identity.

The publications are a natural fit for Gardner, as they offer random vibrant color pallets, much like that of a typical Caribbean environment, and a great mixture of text and professionally photographed images. However the colors are universal and allow a conceptual approach to finding the common ground among all cultures. The artist combines these media depictions and information with natural paper and synthetic materials to aid in his message.  By deconstructing the images into strips, or bits of torn paper, and assigning new overlays of unifying colors to the materials, Gardner erodes the original content at various levels often reducing them to shades with traces of random colors. He also incorporates urban western grit, geometric African lines, contemporary images, and borrowed African and indigenous weaving techniques to create unified montage of textures.

The image that was once a bold headline new banner, or the newest eye-catching product now struggles to be seen; muted, it now plays a secondary role to layers of paint and other mediums. The resulting serendipitous visual construction is an unsystematic reconfiguration and repurposing to discuss culture, heritage and the symbolism of color.

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Event Alert: GA Gardner to be featured at Morton Fine Art, Washington, D.C.

GA Gardner, Red, White and Blue, 72"x42", mixed media on mylar

GA Gardner, Red, White and Blue, 72″x42″, mixed media on mylar

Mark your calendars, so you don’t miss GA Gardner’s two-man exhibit at Morton Fine Art in Washington, D.C.!

Fragmentation and Integration will new work by GA Gardner and Andrei Petrov. Meet both artists at the opening reception, Friday, March 8th from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

The month-long exhibit runs until April 2, 2013.

Morton Fine Art
1781 Florida Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009


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GA Gardner gets a “unbeweaveable” inspiration in South Carolina!

GA Gardner was at the Gullah Festival in Beaufort, South Carolina, and had a great time. One of the things he noticed and was thoroughly fascinated with—was the basket weaving tradition of these African descendants, and he was inspired to incorporate a style of weaving in pieces in his PPS series.

“So I’m trying to experiment with my ability to weave paper and information,” he says.

In addition to incorporating this style, he is also working with smaller, three-dimensional canvas surfaces.

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Talking square biz—bigger ain’t always better

When I saw these new pieces by GA Gardner, I thought they were the coolest things! Bigger can be nice, but it isn’t always better. Sometimes great things come in compact sizes. And that’s what GA Gardner is delving into these days—small, more cube-like surfaces.

He says he’s realizing that smaller can be better, and he is enjoying working with a smaller canvass size which is out of the norm from the larger surfaces he works with most of the time. “Also, it gave me a lot more opportunity to experiment,” he says.

“It’s like working on a small drawing. When you’re doing a small drawing, you can really be more detailed with it because it is a small drawing and so you can put everything into it, because it wouldn’t take all year to get it done.”

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Event reminder! Group show opens this Friday!

GA Gardner will be featured in a group exhibit! It opens this Friday at the Morton Fine Art Gallery in Washington DC. September 14, 6-8 p.m.

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GA Gardner’s work on display in Kingston, Jamaica!

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Hey folks! More wonderful news from the GArtsphere!  GA Gardner has work on display in Kingston, Jamaica as part of the US State Department’s Art in Embassies Program!  See what’s on display at the US Department of State website.

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So many exhibits, so little time!

GA Gardner Current Exhibition list

Go to GAgadner.com to see a full list of GA Gardner’s exhibitions, both past and present!

GA Gardner seems to be everywhere these days–if not in person, extensions of his being are traipsing the globe–in the form of the artwork birthed from his innovative creativity!  If you’re having trouble keeping up with all of his locations, have no fear!  The GA Gardner exhibition list is here!  You’ll find the current list at his website when you click exhibitions.

 

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GA Gardner one of eight artists to be featured in Washington, DC show!

20120814-051832.jpgGet ready for another great show!  Works with Paper, a group show at Washington DC’s Morton Fine Art Gallery.  Save the date, because this exhibit opens on Friday Sept 14, 6-8 p.m.  I’ve had an opportunity to peek at GA Gardner’s latest works in the PPS series, and they’re pretty awesome!  He’ll explain the inspiration behind a few of them in an upcoming series of video shorts!

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Event Alert! Glimpse inner workings of artistic minds at Athenaeum exhibit

Great news–our favorite artist, GA Gardner, will be one of the featured artists in this exhibit! There will also be another opportunity to mingle and greet fellow art lovers and connoisseurs at the opening reception, August 12, 2012.

This exhibit will give you a glimpse into the mind of GA Gardner, as well as other artists from the area. Meander their minds through their creations, and learn how they capture the essence of a person through their materials of choice.

Likeness | Interpretations of Portraiture opens August 9 and runs through September 23, 2012 at the Athenaeum in Alexandria. The free artist’s reception is Sunday, August 12, 2012 from 4-6 p.m.

201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Athenaeum Gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 12-4 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1-4. The gallery is closed on holidays.


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GA Gardner in group exhibit at Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago

GA Gardner and I met earlier this month to talk about a few of his upcoming projects. The summer has promising events coming down the pike, some in town—others outside the Washington D.C. area—more about those events in the near future!

“Mud People” is one the pieces from GA Gardner’s new media series that will be on display at the Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. June 18-July 15, 2012.

Here’s the latest: There’s an art exhibit featuring some of GA Gardner’s works, and it’s been open for almost one week now, and will continue until July 15 at the Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Feel free to drop by the embassy, which is in the Dupont Circle area. See some of GA Gardner’s new media creations, along with pieces from about four other artists who are also from Trinidad and Tobago. Access the exhibit during the embassy’s opening hours.

Event: Art Exhibit
Date: June 18-July 15, 2012
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Place: Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
1708 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest  Washington, DC 20036


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