(Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, b.1969 Republic of Trinidad and Tobago)
We are often exposed to dazzling amounts of print media in our daily lives. Many of us are engulfed by this information, from which it is almost impossible to unplug or tune out. This continuous stream of media is alluring, powerful, and even seductive to most but often not inclusive of diverse cultures; placing popular news over more important issues.
Through the lens of his Caribbean heritage, GA Gardner's work uses the media content to create an intimate viewpoint of his intercultural experience. He dissects, covers up, reveals, layers, and re-contextualizes the material in the print publications he uses, to construct pieces that specifically discuss issues of politics, race, culture, and identity.
The publications are a natural fit for Gardner, as they offer random vibrant color palettes, much like that of a typical Caribbean environment, and a great mixture of text and professionally photographed images. However the colors are universal and allow a conceptual approach to finding the common ground among all cultures. The artist combines these media depictions and information with natural paper and synthetic materials to aid in his message. By deconstructing the images into strips, or bits of torn paper, and assigning new overlays of unifying colors to the materials, Gardner erodes the original content at various levels often reducing them to shades with traces of random colors. He also incorporates urban western grit, geometric African lines, contemporary images, and borrowed African and indigenous weaving techniques to create unified montage of textures.
The image that was once a bold headline new banner, or the newest eye catching product now struggles to be seen; muted, it now plays a secondary role to layers of paint and other mediums. The resulting serendipitous visual construction is an unsystematic reconfiguration and re-purposing to discuss culture, heritage and the symbolism of color.
1995 Ph.D. in Art Education, Computer Fine Art, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
1993 M.A. in Education Technology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA.
1991 B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA.
1988-1990 Fine Art, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
1988 Fine Art, Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA.
2013 "Fragmentation and Integration" Morton Fine Art Gallery, Washington DC
2012 "Interconnections" Athenaeum, Alexandria VA
2011 "Identity" U Space Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2011 "Cross Section" Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
2010 "Pieces of a Puzzle," Soft Box Art Gallery, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies
2009 "Color Content," Martin Luther King Memorial Library, Washington, DC
1998 Midland Gallery, Montclair, New Jersey
1998 Passaic Community College, New Jersey
1998 Paterson Museum, Paterson, New Jersey.
1998 Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, Ridgewood, New Jersey
1997 Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
1997 Bergen Museum, Paramus, New Jersey
He has been represented by Morton Fine Art since 2012.