Angela Grossmann: My Vocation

Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver
March 10-31

Angela Grossmann, Nostalgia Series #3, (1999),
painting and mixed on media

Like the very stuff of dreams for emerging young art students, Angela Grossmann's name and artwork were boldly introduced to the Canadian art world in 1985 as one of the Vancouver Art Gallery's "Young Romantic" painters most likely to influence the course of painting in that decade. With a lengthy sequence of subsequent Canada Council grants behind her, Grossmann has continued to pursue a serious career in both art education and as a well-exhibited painter. She completed an M.F.A. at Concordia in 1991 and has fourteen solo shows and numerous prestigious group shows to her credit.

After spending several years working and living in Paris and Amsterdam Grossmann now lives in Vancouver again and teaches painting at U.B.C. The current exhibition consists of new paintings on collaged surfaces using actual letters and postage stamps spanning the 20th Century. The use of discarded materials is as much a part of her work as themes of body and figure. The body as a political and sexual theme emerges, graphically sketched and enlarged, through ephemeral layers of letters, addresses, envelopes, postage and cancellation marks, and photographs. The surfaces are a visual and tactile experience in the crumpled folds and water shrinkage of the collaged materials.

© Mia Johnson