Monthly Archives: July 2016

Ginnie Gardiner: Scale and Intensity, by Carter Ratcliff

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  There is something reassuring about a child’s stick figure. With a circle and a few lines, long and short, it reminds us that we are hard-wired to recognize the human presence. The trouble with a stick figure is that it has no convincing way of inhabiting its world. It takes an artist of Ginnie Gardiner’s brilliance not only to flesh out the figure but also to make it fully present in a particular place. I am tempted to say […]

Equivalent Palettes

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‘Nearly always, the formal structure—and space itself—is more compact in the collages than in the paintings. The collages, of course, are smaller and yet that is not the entire explanation, for the details of Gardiner’s images acquire a charge of condensed pictorial power from having been developed and refined in the more intimate medium. Transposed to canvas, her images gain not only in size but in scale. They feel larger, more open. Yet they lose none of the intimacy or […]

The Self As Collaborator in Vision and Image, by J.W. Phillips

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Persian Muse ©2015 Oil on Linen 40″ x 30″   In Ginnie Gardiner’s art the self is in relation to the envelopment of the image or painting itself. The image and its abstract implications to which the self is interacting and subordinate is consistent and complete, intentional and selected. It is as deliberate at the alternative takes of a jazz variation. The tradition of the self-portrait is, on a practical level, an outgrowth of the simple and practical truth that […]