By Alexandra Cooke
Angela Glanzmann hadn’t always planned on being an artist, but the opening of her Disorientated Concessions exhibit this past Monday shows that life had other things in store for her.
Glanzmann is a fourth-year student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. “I didn’t really start considering making art seriously until maybe about grade 12 in high school. I was interested in biology and science, and was ready to gear up to that until I got my acceptance to NSCAD,” says Glanzmann. “I sort of applied there as a whim and it’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made.”
The exhibit is in Gallery 3 of the Anna Leonowens Gallery and runs from March 18th until the 23rd. It’s in a dark room and features fake grass, a plywood wall with a doorway and an orange lightbulb. It’s meant to be reminiscent of a street lamp at night. As its Facebook event page states, the piece was inspired by “the mistrust of memory, reconstructed dreamscapes and the alienating nature of suburbaneity.”
Glanzmann, who is from Pickering, Ont, says much of the inspiration for the piece came from the fields and farmland being taken over by the suburbs and buildings in her hometown. “Southern Ontario is a very fertile farmland, and it’s sort of scary to watch as the city grows and the farmland lessens, and you’re kind of like ‘this isn’t really appropriate; how are we going to feed all these people, and all this growth?’” says Glanzmann. “That’s where it came from; being confused and bewildered, and also very uncomfortable at this idea of suburbia being this overtaking phenomenon.”
Glanzmann lists Rita McKeough, Kent Monkman, and Katie Paterson among her influences. “I’m into artists who are sort of subversive, and try to subvert norms,” she says. She’s also interested in using light in her art, and this aspect is heavily inspired by American artist Spencer Finch. “He does a lot of really beautiful work with light and just uses light as an element. That’s what I’m really interested in, and sculpturally as well: using light to manipulate spaces, emotions, and tone.”
The opening for Disorientated Concessions was well-attended. On Wednesday, about 20 people showed up to ask the artist questions and discuss their interpretations of the piece.
Melanie Colosimo, the exhibitions coordinator at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, says right now the gallery is mainly showing thesis exhibitions for Masters of Fine Arts graduates. “We’re at the end of the semester, we call this part of the year MFA season, so the next few weeks are mostly our MFA student graduate’s thesis exhibitions. They’re mandatory shows for them to pass and get their degree,” she says.
“We have a couple more student shows coming up,” says Colosimo. “There will be a couple of jewellery shows and a photography exhibition and that brings us to the 2013 graduation exhibition.”