Jonathan Forrest - "Building Blocks of Colour"
Yechel Gagnon - "Midwinter Thaw"
Works from exhibition ANGELA GROSSMANN: Mirror, Mirror
ANGELA GROSSMANN: Mirror, Mirror
November 30, 2006
- December 23, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday November 30, 2006 from 5:30 - 7:30pm Angela Grossmann in attendance
Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Angela Grossmann.
Angela Grossmann has devoted much of her career to examining the themes of displacement and social margins.Her most recent series, Alpha Girls, explores the world of the teenaged girl and the subtle power struggles found within.
Populating this world are young girls in ruffled party dresses, teenagers in various layers of underwear and gossamer clothing.Grossmann's Alpha Girls all stare out at the viewer like a bevy of Lolitas with cutting, almost sardonic smiles.Upon closer inspection, however, it becomes apparent that these works are not entirely about innocence but, instead, the power and frailty of female adolescence.For the past two decades, Grossmann has explored the broader social construction of gender and sexuality, and the conjoining of sexuality and consumerism.
On Grossmann's Alpha Girls, The Georgia Straight visual arts critic Robin Laurence writes:
"In these images… innocence plays against knowingness, confrontation against seduction, individuality against conformity. Budding young bodies are depicted in vulnerable states of nudity and cover, in various layers of underwear and diaphanous outerwear, suggesting the ways in which girls and women internalize the patriarchal agenda and make objects of themselves. The ghostliness of the faint, sweet faces from the past butts up against a jarring sense of the contemporary."
Born in 1955 in London, England, Angela Grossmann graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1985 and received her Masters of Fine Arts from ConcordiaUniversity in 1991. While still a student in 1985, Grossmann was introduced as one of the VancouverArtGallery's "Young Romantic" painters most likely to influence the course of painting in that decade. The "Young Romantics" also known as the "Vancouver Five" took the Canadian art world by storm in the mid 80s.Grossmann continues to be one of Canada's premiere painters with numerous exhibitions and artist grants to her name and was recently declared by the Art Newspaper as "one of the most influential artists in the UK."
Grossmann has taught painting at Ottawa University (1991 to 1993) and University of British Columbia (1997-2000) and currently teaches painting and theory at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design.