Angela Glajcar

FLASHBACK

Press Preview                         
Wednesday, 19 June 2024, 10:30 p.m.

Opening
Thursday, 20 June 2024, 7 p.m.
Dance performance as part of the opening: ‘Sound Layers’,
Mark Nowakowski and Jonas Marx (dance), Florian Betz (music), duration approx. 20 min.

Artist Talk
Friday, 21 June 2024, 2 p.m.

Exhibition Duration
21 June – 1 December 2024

In the exhibition “FLASHBACK” Angela Glajcar’s two expansive installations “2009-072 Terforation” and “2019-043 Terforation” meet for the first time in the historic assembly hall of the Kunstraum Dornbirn, spanning a decade of artistic creation.

The titles lead directly to placing the works in Glajcar’s œuvre: they were created in 2009 and 2019, bear in the catalogue raisonné the numbers 072 and 043 respectively, and are part of the series “Terforation”. Glajcar has been developing this series, very diverse and variable in form and dimensions, since 2006. In her text for the Dornbirn exhibition catalogue, Elisabeth von Samsonow says of the series title: “’Terforation’ is an artificial term coined by the artist to denote a specific element of her installation works.”[1] In the catalogue raisonné of 2013, Sasa Hanten explains that the term “is derived from “perforation” (Lat. foramen = “hole) on the one hand, i.e. the perforation of hollow or flat objects. On the other hand, the term established by Glajcar alludes to the Latin word for earth, “terra”, with which the artist refers to “terra incognita”, unknown land, vigin soil.”[2]

The construction of the term is linked to the use of materials: Glajcar’s preferred material is paper, which is torn into shape in large sheets and added together in a staggered arrangement to form spatial structures. The work process is direct, physically demanding and time-consuming. Accumulated with the help of mechanical devices, the paper hangs in the room and the high grammages of up to 450 g/m2 give it a spatial-plastic presence and physicality. Glajcar opens the material through the torn edges. The fibre layering and interior direction becomes visible and the composition comprehensible. The addition of binders or fillers in the industrial manufacturing process does not occlude the plant-based fibres, which create the organic appearance of the paper and give the works a natural form that the series title underlines.

Entering the big industrial hall at Dornbirn, we stand directly in front of the monumental work “2009-072 Terforation”, which was presented for the first time in 2009 at the Kunst Station St. Peter in Cologne. A large number of threaded sheets of paper hang ten metres long on a holder made of metal and plastic. They form a kind of wave that reaches four metres at its crest. Each sheet was processed by hand and punctured with a hole of different dimensions, which then runs like a tunnel-cavity through the body of paper. At the lowest hanging point of the installation, we are invited to enter through an opening and look inside. The outer edges of some sheets were torn and their rectilinear integrity was thus interrupted, giving the entire structure an additional ambivalent character hovering between contour and its dissolution.

A determining factor in this immanent, highly aesthetic ambivalence is the light that shines on the reflective paper, the torn edges and into the interstices. Here the former industrial hall of Kunstraum Dornbirn offers a particularly attractive environment: the natural light, beaming through the large, all-round lattice windows and shaping the mood inside the building over the course of the day, allows the paper surfaces and sculptural bodies to enter into an exciting, constantly changing relationship with the space.

The second work in the exhibition, “2019-043 Terforation”, was on display at the Sharjah Art Museum in 2019. With a length of 4.8 metres and a width of 4.6 metres, this installation offers a fundamentally different experience of form. Floating above the ground, it cannot be fully grasped in a single glance. The paper strips are lined up in several strands, forming curves or fans. Everything seems to spring from a single point and close in on itself; but this impression is repeatedly reduced to absurdity when we walk around the work and the form that just seemed closed now opens up and dissolves. Through the flowing forms, the torn edges and holes form a highly attractive contrast to the materiality.

Glajcar’s works experiment with the relation to the space in which they are presented in an interplay of the construction and deconstruction of expansive forms. Her structures move, always determined by the point of view, between the spheres of the abstract and the representational, without ultimately committing themselves. They are characterised by the apparent lightness and poetic plasticity of paper and architecturally structured conception. Owing to the changing daylight, the viewer’s experience is always situational and unique: it is worth coming back.

[1] von Samsonow, Elisabeth, “The (W)Hole. Perspectives on the body of ‘Terforation’ works in the œ​uvre of Angela Glajcar”, in Angela Glajcar. FLASHBACK, exhibit. cat., Kunstraum Dornbirn (Vienna: Verlag für moderne Kunst, forthcoming in autumn 2024).
[2] Hanten, Sasa, “Œuvre”, in Angela Glajcar [Catalogue raisonné up to 2012], ed. Sasa Hanten (Cologne: Wienand, 2013): 38.

Biography
Angela Glajcar (*1970, Mainz, Germany) studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg from 1991 to 1998. From 1998 to 2004, she taught there as well as at the Mainz University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the Universities of Giessen and Dortmund, and in 2007 and 2008 she was a visiting professor at the University of Giessen. Glajcar’s works have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world, such as the Landesgalerie Niederösterreich in Krems (2023/2024), the Jeonbuk Museum of Art South Korea and the Haus des Papiers, Berlin (both 2021), the NMWA National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington (2020), the Sharjah Art Museum (2019), Les3Cha centre d’art Châteaugiron (2018), the CODA Museum Apeldoorn (2017) and a permanent installation at the Museum Wiesbaden (since 2017).

Angela Glajcar, FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin, courtesy der Künstlerin und bechter kastowsky galerie
Angela Glajcar, FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin, courtesy der Künstlerin und bechter kastowsky galerie
Angela Glajcar, FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin, courtesy der Künstlerin und bechter kastowsky galerie
Angela Glajcar, FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin, courtesy der Künstlerin und bechter kastowsky galerie
Angela Glajcar, FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin, courtesy der Künstlerin und bechter kastowsky galerie
Angela Glajcar, FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin, courtesy der Künstlerin und bechter kastowsky galerie
Angela Glajcar, FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin, courtesy der Künstlerin und bechter kastowsky galerie
Angela Glajcar, FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin, courtesy der Künstlerin und bechter kastowsky galerie
Angela Glajcar, FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin, courtesy der Künstlerin und bechter kastowsky galerie
Angela Glajcar, FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin, courtesy der Künstlerin und bechter kastowsky galerie
Performance „Sound Layers“ mit Tanz von Mark Nowakowski und Jonas Marx, Musik von Florian Betz. Anlässlich der Eröffnung von Angela Glajcars Ausstellung FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin
Angela Glajcar, FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin, courtesy der Künstlerin und bechter kastowsky galerie
Angela Glajcar, FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin, courtesy der Künstlerin und bechter kastowsky galerie
Angela Glajcar, FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Foto Günter Richard Wett, © die Künstlerin, courtesy der Künstlerin und bechter kastowsky galerie
Angela Glajcar, „Terforation 2019-043“, site specific installation, paper 450g, torn, metal mounting, 127 x 460 x 480 cm, Sharjah Art Museum 2019, Photo Angela Glajcar, © the artist
Angela Glajcar, „Terforation 2019-043“, site specific installation, paper 450g, torn, metal mounting, 127 x 460 x 480 cm, Sharjah Art Museum 2019, Photo Angela Glajcar, © the artist
Angela Glajcar, „Terforation 2009-072“, Paper 300g, torn, metal mounting, 400 x 125 x 1050 cm, Kunststation St. Peter, Cologne 2009, Photo Stephan Brendgen Monheim, © the artist
Angela Glajcar, „Traumfänger - Dreamcatcher“, Landesgalerie Niederösterreich, Krems, 2023, Photo Angela Glajcar, © the artist
Angela Glajcar, „Traumfänger - Dreamcatcher“, Landesgalerie Niederösterreich, Krems, 2023, Photo Angela Glajcar, © the artist

Katalog

Angela Glajcar
FLASHBACK

Accompanying the exhibition ‘FLASHBACK’ by Angela Glajcar, a catalogue will be published in autumn 2024 by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna, with a series of images from the exhibition, texts by Elisabeth von Samsonow (philosopher, artist and university professor) and Gerda Ridler (Landesgalerie Niederösterreich in Krems). Proxi Design is responsible for the customised design of the publication.

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Performance "Sound Layers" with dance by Mark Nowakowski and Jonas Marx, music by Florian Betz. On the occasion of the opening of Angela Glajcar's exhibition FLASHBACK, Kunstraum Dornbirn 2024, Photo Günter Richard Wett, © the artist
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