SMILEY FACE MADONNA AND CIGAR BABY – GAIL CARNEY

MAIN SPACE RECEPTION
AUGUST 3 – AUGUST 25, 1990
RECEPTION: FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 1990 AT 8 PM

LOCATION – STRIDE GALLERY
722, 11 AVE S.W, CALGARY, ALBERTA

ARTIST BIO

GAIL CARNEY was born in Redcliff, Alberta in 1947. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a BFA in ceramics in 1974. Carney’s main vocation since that time has been technical matters in ceramics. She is presently a studio assistant at Emily Carr College of Art and Design. Over the past two years, Carney has realized that she exhausted her “Techno-Drive” and has started making art works again. She is partly a middle-aged technician and partly a new artist. Her hobby is Freud.

EXHIBITION TEXT

This series of drawings presents a kind of Freudian nursery tale, using images combined indiscriminately as they arrive in a dream. In fact, when I worked, I let them come this way. I now recognize the sources in my childhood: a jumble from paper cut-outs, Sunday School Bible Pictures, Nursery pop-up books, my Father’s Scientific American Magazine, and comic book characters. More recently iconographic inspirations have come from the visionary engravings of William Blake and the early Mexican films of Luis Brunel. I want to demonstrate the monstrousness of the primal infant emotions that are simultaneously bound to and repressed by these images.

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