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Works from exhibition ANGELA GROSSMANN: Make Believe
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Installation Shots
Angela Grossmann   
May 10 - June 25, 2008
Opening Reception:

Newzones Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new mixed media works by Angela Grossmann.

Writer S Fuller says this about Grossmann's work: 'For almost 25 years Angela Grossmann has worked to show us life at the margins. Now without taking her eye from the grim reality that for many life is experienced as an outsider, in this body of work she shows us, too, one of the ways in which those who feel marginalized by society cope.

Grossmann entitles this new work
Make Believe.

The images immediately tug the viewer in. We have all escaped to that place of make believe, which can so often seem to make up for what is denied us in the real world. For some it is a place they have been able to leave behind with childhood, but for many it may be the only neighbourhood that offers comfort from the harsh reality of their everyday lives.

Grossmann, may know how tempting it may be to live one's life in Make Believe, but she also knows as an observer of life and as someone who has worked long and hard for the recognition she now has as an artist, that there is always grittiness and difficulties in life.

This she is reminded of each day when she goes to her studio in Gastown, Vancouver's oldest site, and one that neighbours on the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, the poorest neighbourhood in Canada.'

While still a student in 1985, Grossmann was introduced as one of the Vancouver Art Gallery'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."