Opening Sunday April 28th 3-6 pm
Our perception has to be tickled all the time. --Agnès Varda
At a gallop, the snail! We scribble while crawling in the wake of God. We live more quickly than ourselves, the pen doesn’t follow. To paint the present, which is passing us by, we stop the present.
--Hélène Cixous, Without End, No, State of Drawingness, No, Rather: The Executioner’s Taking Off
After the Galloping Snail, 2019
18 minutes, loop.
After the Galloping Snail is a digital slide show by Sarah Granett. It gathers and presents a sequence of digital collage-drawings which were initially shared on the instagram feed @phoneypntng. These images were made by Granett from 2014-2017 using an android phone, its native camera function, and the drawing app PicsArt. By taking phone-photographs, drawing on them, and manipulating them digitally, the artist practices a graffiti-esque, material-defying engagement with time and place. Granett describes the process as compulsive, habitual and addictive, driven by desire, feeling, reverence and curiosity for the temporal world. This drawing activity was repeated on a near-daily basis and generated nearly 1000 images, of which roughly 600 were posted to @phoneypntng.
Now presented in a slideshow format, the images are set in the system of a projected video loop. The viewer cannot pause, rewind or speed forward. In this context, the images replace typical units of time and position the viewer in a durational experience marked by drawing. In this experience of image and time, Granett suggests we might think of the visual cadence as a variety of respiration in which these images-- improvised, provisional records of fleeting experience-- pass in and out, and carry us along.
Sarah Granett is a visual artist. Her work investigates painting and its structures through psycho-materially engaged abstraction. Granett earned an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She also studied at Bard College (BA), the New York Studio School, and CSU Sacramento. She attended Red Gate Residency, Beijing (2010), participated in Bronx AIM program (2011), received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Funds grant (2011), and attended Vermont Studio Center (2017). During the years of 2007 through 2011 she participated in artist-run exhibition initiatives at Index Art Center (Newark, NJ), Gallery Afferro (Newark, NJ), and the Dirty Dirty (Ditmas Park, Brooklyn). From 2011 to 2014 she lived and worked in Istanbul, Turkey, where she co-produced the artist-run project NIMBY Lifestyles located in the Tophane neighborhood, with Jasmine Justice and Jesse Farber. Starting in 2014 she founded the web-based art and lifestyle magazine Dime and Honey with artist Carin Rodenborn. She collaborates with composer-musician Roozbeh Nafisi; their two channel video projection , as seen, as said, as sung, as read, as, debuted at the Festival of New American Music in 2017. Additionally, she collaborates on animations and short films with artist-composer Steven Dressler. Sarah Granett is currently based in Los Angeles, California.