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ANGELA GLAJCAR: Paper and Light    14. Apr - 2. Jun 2012


Glajcar’s paper objects and installations explore the way space is experienced. Finely tuned states of equilibrium of lightness and heaviness, materialness and immaterialness, are intended to evoke in the viewer an emotional reaction to the inanimate objects. Glajcar’s professor, Tim Scott, attested his master student an extraordinary ‘sculptural intelligence’. This ability of the artist, namely, to find intelligent and thus cogent and strategic solutions, took her from wood and steel to paper, her current material of choice, meeting her particular requirements. Initially, paper appears light and fragile. Depending on its quality and layering, however, it can also be heavy and resilient. Since paper is made of natural substances and is therefore perishable like any other natural tissue, it takes up a position halfway between natural and artificial. In contrast to wood or metal it absorbs colour and is permeable without being of any colour itself. Paper can be processed without any tools – although this requires quite a bit of effort – and can easily be agitated, so that the works that already give the impression of floating begin to sway, casting a moving shadow. To draw the viewer’s attention to the interstice, this void, it is never possible to look straight through the works, because the holes are positioned such that the hollow stretches into the unknown. Because of our experience we think we recognize this interior to be a cave or a tunnel. However, the spaces created by this artist have no direct relation to the figurative world, and we are faced neither by a cave nor an image of a cave. All we have is Plato‘s Allegory of the Cave. We see what we are able to see or what we want to see. – Sasa Hanten Angela Glajcar was born in Mainz, Germany in 1970. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, where she later taught for many years. She also served as Visiting Chair (Sculpture) at the University of Giessen. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout Europe, as well as in the United States, and has earned numerous awards.

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