Black & White Gallery/Project Space is pleased to present JoAnne Carson: Dreamcatchers, a solo exhibition devoted to the artist’s recent paintings that envision a world of animated and abstracted flower forms – equal parts Cubism and Looney Tunes and sculpture that shares similar pictorial sensibility: a love of the serio-comic, a delight with pattern and intense color, as well as a surrealist hybridity that happily mixes sources and categories. Dreamcatchers offers the viewer a portal into a universe of alternative biology and psychological spectacle.
The artist has stated, “I spent ten years studying the anatomy of flowers and plants, and making hundreds of sculptural parts that riff on that anatomy. I know the botanical construction and visual logic of plants pretty well, experience that gives me the basis for inventing forms in paintings. I often feel that I am painting a picture of an imaginary sculpture that - like my actual sculpture - expresses a character or personage. And I can almost weigh that form in my hands it is so palpable, more object than image in my imagination.”
“The work's unapologetic decorativeness recalls the late 1970's work of artists like Robert Kushner and Ree Morton. Its fragility and distorted scale give it the giddy beauty of glass flowers or some of Cy Twombly's more attenuated sculptures.”
---Roberta Smith, New York Times, Art in Review, November 9, 2001