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The Garden of Emoji Delights

Artist: Carla Gannis

“Emoji” can be more than a way to liven up your digital conversations, especially for new media artist Carla Gannis. With “The Garden of Emoji Delights”, Gannis reconstructs Hieronymus Bosch’s famous triptych “The Garden of Earthly Delights” for the digital era, experimenting with new ways of redefining identity and its forms of representation, both virtual and physical.

By replacing religious vocabulary with secular and contemporary digital symbols, Gannis reconstructs the powerful iconography at the core of Bosch’s landscape. Her stunning pop art 2.0 digital collage explores and critiques consumerism and modern society through the three emoji-fied realms of Eden, Hell, and Earth.”

Carla Gannis is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BFA in painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA in painting from Boston University. She is the recipient of several awards, including a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Grant in Computer Arts, an Emerge 7 Fellowship from the Aljira Art Center, and a Chashama AREA Visual Arts Studio Award. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Her 2014 solo exhibitions include “The Garden of Earthly Delights” at Kasia Kay Art Projects in Chicago, IL and “The Non-Facial Recognition Project” at The Center for Digital Arts in Peekskill, NY. In 2013 she collaborated with poet Justin Petropoulos on a transmedia book, installation and net art project entitled <legend> </legend> published by Jaded Ibis Press, Seattle, WA and exhibited at Transfer Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Features or reviews on Gannis’s work have appeared in The Creators Project, ARTnews, The Wallstreet Journal, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Art F City, Art Critical, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Miami Herald, The Daily News, The Star Ledger, Animal and The Village Voice, among others. Gannis is currently the Assistant Chair of The Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute.

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