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Doreen Garner
Removing the Veil: Vanity as Material for Incision

September 9th - October 9th, 2016

Opening Friday September 9th 6 – 8 pm



For her solo exhibition with Essex Flowers, Doreen Garner synthesizes abstract and figurative form in sculptural works which examine the paradox of vanity. Garner has named incision as her guiding sculptural gesture, and thus she's cleaved, refashioned, and re-fastened female body parts, exploiting them to the limits of their material aesthetic potential. Such literal objectification threads beauty, value, and utility, and each work presents a different angle of the purgatory they combine to create.

Essex Flowers is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Doreen Garner's work in New York City. Garner received her Master of Fine Arts in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design in 2014, the same year she completed a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is a resident at Pioneerworks through 2017, following consecutive residencies at the Abrons Arts Space (2015-2016), and S12 Glass studio in Bergen, Norway (2015).