Through acts of ritualistic and symbolic nature, our societies create discourses which are later on in the life of a community called “traditions” or “customs”. These actions are a response to the exceeding pulse of the changing world of postmodernity. However, the construction of “new traditions” always relies on the ability to understand the past, so it can be included in the contemporary notions of values important to the particular society or community. And this is where it gets – to use an understatement – complicated. The notions of the past are constructs just as those which we tend to fabricate in the present. They are imagined stories covered in layers of diverse discourses. Therefore, the interaction with the past becomes a modus vivendi of the posthumanistic era…
This California born artist, who grew up in Houston, Texas, has received her BA from the Trinity University and has completed her MFA at the New York Academy of Art in 2013. After awarded a postgraduate fellowship in New York, she took up residency at GlogauAIR Berlin in 2013. She had also taken up residency at the Leipzig International Art Programme, a year earlier. Glaessner was a part of numerous group shows and has been featured in publications such as Whitewall Magazine, Berlin ArtParasites and LUUPS Munich and Leipzig. Elizabeth Glaessner’s most recent work include paintings which depict the posthuman context. It is as though the toxic landscapes consume the anthropomorphic creatures seemingly born from natural forms, but represent something else…
All This Happened, More or Less is a story of reimagining of the historical context. Elizabeth Glaessner inspects the elements of traditional history, presenting them in a more intimate set of notions. Thus, her work becomes the questioning of ways in which we perceive and relate to our past. Through the usage of different painting techniques, Glaessner manages to depict layers with the power of pure pigments. Her methodology combined with the use of water, acrylics and oils she creates an imagery of subjects of amorphous nature. Her paintings contain objects which the artist considers sacred – trees, water, boats, three houses and donkeys – and combined with the forms and figures of Glaessner’s world, evoke the dread in the eyes of the spectator. It is something that the viewer recognizes but cannot quite define – it is the mirror of the posthumanistic era, and Glaessner fully understands it. All This Happened, More or Less is Elizabeth Glaessner’s first New York solo exhibition and it is taking place at the P.P.O.W Gallery, during the period between July 9th and August 15th 2014. It is a true reflection of thorough dwelling on the past in order to understand the complexities of today.
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