Joy Garnett

Invited by Sarah Trigg
Author: Joy Garnett
Credits: Road (2007) 35 x 38 inches oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Joy Garnett is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her paintings, based on found images of explosive events, locate instances of the apocalyptic sublime in mass media culture. Her social media performances examine the intersections of our digital and material worlds. Garnett's work was recently on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 'The Tool at Hand,' which travels in 2013-2014 to museums in Portland Oregon, Philadelphia and Houston. Notable past exhibitions include 'That Was Then..This Is Now, 'MoMA P.S.1, and 'Image War,' Whitney Museum of American Art. Garnett is a recipient of a grant from Anonymous Was a Woman.

Garnett writes "Copy That!," a new column on art, fair use, and copyright, for Art21 Magazine, and has served as Arts Editor for the scholarly journal Cultural Politics (Duke University Press) since 2005. Her writings on art, media and culture can be found in journals and anthologies, including Virilio Now (Politiy); Virilio and Visual Culture (Edinburgh Univ. Pr.); Harper's; Journal of Visual Culture; Theory, Culture & Society; Artnet Magazine; M/E/A/N/I/N/G; and her blog

Garnett is currently focusing on her multimedia project, The Bee Kingdom, which takes as its focus the life of her influential Egyptian grandfather, Ahmed Zaky Abushady, poet, publisher and bee scientist.


Portrait photo courtesy of the artist.