Christine Garvey: "Working Objects"

From 11-10-2016 To 12-09-2016

Christine Garvey: Working Objects

November 10 - December 9, 2016

Opening: Thursday, November 10 at 6pm

The investigation of nature and of ourselves is forever linked to the technologies that bring these things to life. Working Objects, a recent series of collage-paintings by Christine Garvey and the subject of her Fulbright research explores the relationship between nature and technology as felt between two Florence-specific museums: Museo Galileo and La Specola’s house of anatomy. Garvey interrogate these two collections through drawing from observation - a powerful method that allows her to access and engage with the questions that live behind objects. What is the spirit behind their making? How did they come to take this form? How do they speak to one another? Garvey responds to these questions in her work:

"As an artist, my work takes interest in the forceful autonomy of nature and man’s desire to capture and define it as a means to comprehend the very workings that make us whole. 

"Through this practice, I take note of how technology communicates the values, sensibilities, and driving questions of a particular time period, and how these forces can be similarly felt in representations of the body.  Becoming intimately acquainted with these two collections over many months, I found them connected by a shared interest in the spectacle, a curiosity for the infinite, and a passion for making the invisible visible for the purposes of educating us on our own humanity.

"These ideas shaped the production of Working Objects, a contemporary perspective on how we locate ourselves within an ever-expanding world. Through the practice of collage and painting, I break down and rebuild contemporary visualizations of the body, nature, and at times, myself. Working Objects offers a glimpse into my own surreal natural order, one that speaks to the beautifully complex and fragile becoming of existence."

Originally from New York, Christine Garvey received her MFA from Concordia University Montreal, and BFA from Washington University in St Louis. Her works on paper and installations have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions with Galerie Circulaire (Montreal), Sur La Montagne Galerie (Berlin) and Phra Nakorn Gallery (Bangkok). Garvey is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts Fellowship, Mobility Travel Award, and most recently a Fulbright Research Grant to Florence, where she conducted research this past year at La Specola and Museo Galileo.


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50122 Firenze, Italy
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Saturday and Sunday, 1 - 7pm

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