GA Gardner / Interconnections
January 26, 2012 - March 11, 2012

Artist's Reception / Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 4 to 6 pm

GA Gardner addresses our often complicated relationship with mass communication by infusing his paintings and mixed media works with the energy and vibrant colors of his native Trinidad and Tobago.

Gardner’s works deal with the proliferation of media in contemporary society and the resulting cacophony of mixed messages. Layers of painted printed strips cover some canvases to represent both today’s advanced, digital modes of communication as well as the nature of the original thought or message. His palette recalls the sky, sunsets, sea, and terrain of his Caribbean roots—yet his subject matter, style, and content speak more to our fast-paced, urban environment.

Gardner immigrated to the Unites States in 1988 to pursue advanced degrees, earning his Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s of Art degrees at San Francisco State University and a PhD in Arts Education at the Ohio State University. His work has been exhibited at museums and galleries in New York, China, and the Caribbean, as well as seen on CNN’s Larry King Live and in the New York Times among other outlets. Gardner has been greatly influenced by not only his upbringing in the Caribbean but also his overlapping careers as an animator, researcher, author of 14 books on Art Education, and a professor at George Mason University in Virginia. These experiences, complemented by his world travels, influence the strongly textural and multilayered canvases of his artistic production.

Credit: (detail) Wealth, mixed media on canvas, 40” x 50”, 2011