Carla Gannis, Yuliya Lanina & Karen Marston: Observations

Carla Gannis, The Elevated Line (still), moving image, 1920 x 1080 pixels,
9 minutes with original music by R. Luke DuBois, 2022

Carla Gannis, Yuliya Lanina, and Karen Marston

April 28 – May 18, 2024
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 28, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Station Independent Projects, Toronto

About Observations:

In the exhibition Observations, artists Karen Marston, Yuliya Lanina, and Carla Gannis present, through distinct lenses and mediums, their observations on the nature of our twenty-first century world. On viewing these artists’ works together, we discover a dialogue of dichotomies where nature can be perceived as physical or virtual; external or internal; anthropocentric or ecocentric, compelling viewers to observe from multiple vantage points the ways in which their own identities fit into the schema of nature and reality. The shared visual syntax between Marston, Lanina, and Gannis lies in their adept use of vibrant, intensely saturated colors to craft visually arresting works. This striking use of color serves as an immediate draw, inviting viewers into a deeper, more immersive experience. However, it is upon closer inspection that the full depth of their artistry is revealed, as viewers encounter the darker, more visceral subtexts embedded in each of their works.

Observations evokes reflection, dialogue, and understanding across diverse themes. Marston’s environmental contemplations, Lanina’s introspective explorations, and Gannis’s digital inquiries collectively offer a holistic view of our contemporary condition. Through their distinct yet interconnected practices, the artists invite us to observe, question, and engage with the world around us and within us, fostering a deeper appreciation for the complexities of existence in an ever-changing and increasingly technologize cultural landscape.

Karen Marston, Bright Light, Acrylic on paper, 11” x 14”, 2022

Artist Bios:

Carla Gannis
Carla Gannis holds an M.F.A. in painting from Boston University and a B.F.A. in painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is Industry Professor at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society, Integrated Design and Media Program.

Gannis’s work has been exhibited globally in exhibitions, screenings, and internet projects. Her most recent projects include “Networked Nature” at the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN (2024); “wwwunderkammer” at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC (2023); “Virtues and Vices” at Telematic Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2023); “Welcome to the wwwunderkammer” at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (2022); and “The Elevated Line” at Ryan Lee Gallery, New York (2022). Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, El PaÍs, ARTNews, The LA Times, among others. She is a Year 7 Alum of NEW INC, in the XR: Bodies in Space track, New York, NY.

Yuliya Lanina
Yuliya Lanina is an interdisciplinary artist whose work bridges traditional media with new technologies. She creates alternate realities in her works—ones based on sexuality, trauma and identity.

Lanina has exhibited and performed extensively both nationally and internationally, including SXSW Interactive (TX), Seoul Art Museum (Korea), SIGGRAPH Asia (Japan), 798 Beijing Biennial (China), Cleveland Institute of Art (OH), Patrick Heide Gallery (London, UK), Teatro Santa Ana (Mexico), Blanton Museum of Art (TX), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Russia), Vienna MuseumsQuartier (Austria) and Xposed gallery on New York City’s High Line.

Lanina’s professional honors include fellowships and scholarships from Fulbright (Vienna, Austria), Headlands Art Center (CA), Yaddo (NY), Artpace (SA), Yaddo Fellowship (NY), Marble House Project (NY), The Puffin Foundation (NJ), and Honorable citation from New York State Assembly (NYC). Lanina’s most recent animation Gefilte Fish won Best International Short Film at Tamuz Shomron Film Festival (Israel) and an Honorable Mention at the Female Eye Film Festival (Canada).

Lanina is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin.

Karen Marston
Karen Marston paints landscapes resonant with the vivid beauty of nature and the existential threat of global warming. Raised in California, she earned her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and participated in the A.I.C.A. New York Studio Program. Her work has been seen in solo exhibitions in New York City, including three at the Owen James Gallery—Fire Season (2021), Harbingers (2018) and Demeter’s Wrath (2016)—as well as at Station Independent Projects and Storefront Bushwick, plus the recent solo show Relative to the Horizon (2022) at the James Baird Gallery in Canada. She has also participated in many group exhibitions in a variety of New York spaces including Metaphor Projects, Front Room Gallery, and the SPRING/ BREAK Art Show. She has been awarded multiple residencies at both the Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland and the Jentel Artists Residency in Wyoming. Marston served as President of the Board of Trustees of NURTUREart Non-Profit for over ten years. She was instrumental in the growth of the organization: opening the NURTUREart Gallery and hosting eleven seasons of Muse Fuse, an informal monthly art salon with many notable guest speakers from the forefront of the New York art world. Marston currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Yuliya Lanina, Eyes are on You, Acrylic and collage on paper, 14” x 17”, 2020

About Station Independent Projects:

Station Independent Projects was founded in L.E.S., NYC and hosted exhibits from 2012-2017. Gallery Director Leah Oates reopened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in September 2023 on Geary Avenue.

Prior to opening Station Independent Projects, Oates curated exhibitions in the New York City area with The Scope Art Fair, The Bridge Art Fair, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Asya Geisberg Gallery, Chashama, Artists Space, Nurture Art and The Kauffman Arcade Gallery and in the Chicago area at Randolph Street Gallery, The Peace Museum and The Noyes Cultural Arts Center.

Shows at Station Independent Projects have been written about in dArt Magazine, DESIGNLINES, Akimbo, WNYC, The Brooklyn Rail, Crain’s NYC, The Village Voice, NY Arts Magazine, Artefuse, Chronogram, Heart as Arena, Tribeca Tribune, New Art Examiner, The Chicago Tribune, New City, Blouin Art Info, Artforum, Collector Daily, Bedford and Bowery, Lid Magazine, French Photo, I-Ref Magazine, Sleek Magazine, Musee Magazine, Slate, Photo District News, Women’s Wear Daily, The Tory Burch Culture Blog and Le Journal de Photographie.

Oates received a B.F.A. from The Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for Post- Graduate study at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and exhibits her photographic works internationally. Oates has been organizing shows as independent curator and gallerist for approximately twenty years.

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