October 3, 2009
Sandy Garnett The Fingerprint Project WHITE PLAINS, New York, August 26, 2009
The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of The Fingerprint Project 1990-2009, featuring the artwork of Sandy Garnett. The show opens in the Library's Museum Gallery on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 with an artists' reception from 6 to 8 PM. The exhibit will be on display through January 5, 2010. Kathleen Masterson is curator of this show.
Sandy Garnett is a self-taught artist and has been a professional painter and sculptor since graduation from St. Lawrence University in 1992. The artist recently broke the 1.7 million dollar career art sales mark. The artist recently had a solo show at the Loft Gallery in Stamford, Connecticut. In the summer of 2005 Garnett showed with Rebecca Hossack Galleries in London and was represented in Art London at Burton's Court. He has had solo exhibitions at Palet Gallery in New York City, the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the Rosenthal Gallery at the Rich Forum and Sackler Galleries in Stamford, Connecticut. He has participated in numerous regional group shows in the past fifteen years.
Cathy Masterson, Curator, White Plains Museum Gallery
SANDY GARNETT FINGERPRINT PROJECT 1999 - 2009 "Sculpture occupies real space like we do… you walk around it and relate to it almost as another person or another object." - Chuck Close
Intrinsically, human beings differentiate themselves from one another by any number of markers: their jobs, income, blood type, body shape, gender, faiths, national borders, political affiliation, etc. People cloak themselves in their differences, and even celebrate them as diversity. Nature has provided each human being with the most basic identity markers of all - DNA to tell the story of our heritage, and a unique fingerprint.
Sandy Garnett's prolific series of fingerprint artwork is the result of his intense exploration of expressions of unique personal identity. His Fingerprint Project spanned two decades and translated into the varied works we see here on display, from portraits to totems, photographs and silhouettes. Sandy's arresting Totems are portraits created from the fingerprints of a person - or even a whole family - and sculpted in marble, granite or wood. His painted fingerprint portraits are equally mesmerizing, and these, coupled with photographs and silhouettes of faces further explore contemporary identity in parallel series. Sandy himself is represented with fingerprint self-portraits. Family members and friends are here as well, along with famous people, such as musician David Bowie and artist Chuck Close. In Sandy's earlier works, one can even see influences of Andy Warhol in fingerprints that glow in pop neon. Sandy's Fingerprint Series feeds our fascination with self-identity. Each work is a stunning testament to each person's individuality and Sandy's remarkable talent.
Mr. Garnett continues to unleash new, eclectic bodies of work that evolve in his creative world. The recent release of his first song "Busted Wing," unveils his talent as a singer/songwriter/performer. Mr. Garnett is happy to discuss availability of inventory and commissions for original, personalized art objects, so you, too, can leave your mark!
For information about contacting him, please inquire in the Library Administration office. This exhibit is made possible by The Friends of the White Plains Public Library and assistance from The City of White Plains. The Library is located at 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains. White Plains Public Library Museum Gallery Hours: Monday - Wednesday 10 am - 9 pm Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10 am - 6 pm Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm (914) 422-1480 For additional information, call 422-1480 or visit the Library's website at www.whiteplainslibrary.org.