Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2016-17

(Brooklyn, NY)Doreen Garner


Doreen Garner is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Philadelphia, PA. Select exhibitions include “Ether and Agony,” Antenna Gallery NOLA (2016); "Removing the Veil: Vanity as Material for Incision,” Essex Flowers (2016); "SHINY RED PUMPING," Vox Populi Gallery (2015); “Something I Can Feel,” curated by Derrick Adams at Volta Art Fair (2016); and "Pussy Don't Fail Me Now," Cindy Rucker Gallery (2015). Garner has recently completed residencies at LMCC Workspace Program (2015), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014), and Abrons Art Center (2015-16). She holds a BFA in Glass from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and an MFA in Glass at the Rhode Island School of Design. Currently a 2016 Artist in Residence at Pioneerworks, Garner is practicing as a sculptor and inscriber of flesh.

Project Description

My project, "The Purge," proposes to take a silicone mold of the 9ft tall bronze Dr. J Marion Sims statue in central park. This mold will serve as a skin/body for a performance for which three surgeons (women of color) will mutilate Sims' body similarly to ways he mutilated black people in front of a live audience while re-staging “The Gross Clinic” painting by Thomas Eakins from 1875. This performance will take place at Pioneerworks 2017 during the duo exhibition "White Man on a Pedestal.”