‘Big Paintings’ by Joyce Garner

“Yes these are big!” — artist Joyce Garner handwrote those words on the press show information. That’s true in advertising, folks. Her exhibition “Big Paintings” consists of four works the size of the large galley walls. The simple enough subject matter — people eating dinner at a table — expands and contracts the complicated lives of the family involved. It’s exuberance with a checkered tablecloth, sort of like your own family’s dinnertime. Garner says the paintings are “novels rather than poems. It is like an ancestry chart or family tree with each choice branching onward … emotional dialogues, interactions, not just in a family but the history of the family, which includes society at large and our natural world.”


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‘Big Paintings’ by Joyce Garner

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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