Artist: Anna Glantz
Venue: Foxy Production, New York
Exhibition Title: Cyclops
Date: October 19 – November 17, 2019
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Foxy Production is pleased to present Cyclops, Anna Glantz’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. It comprises a new series of paintings that use autobiography to meditate on the act of painting and the role of the artist. Glantz has produced dream-like compositions disrupted by visual disjunctions and flights of fancy. Recalling a range of visual styles and art historical references, including Renaissance figuration and the early American portraiture of artists such as Ammi Phillips, the works push representation to its limits, abstracting and undermining the impulse for definition and closure.
For the artist, the Cyclops embodies a being with a singular perspective—Its one eye produces a flattened view of the world, not unlike a representational painting. In both literal and symbolic ways, the Cyclops can represent the particular visual imagination of an artist. Physically, its emphatic, gaping eye heightens a sense of pathos and hints at a deep interiority.
Glantz constructs paintings using the most basic art historical subjects–landscape, self-portrait, sitter, and pets–as building blocks that are massaged into odd positions: scale is warped; facial features are disproportionate; multiple painting styles compete for space; characters gaze intensely at the viewer. These features together build an improbable visual edifice that effuses a sense of existential disquiet.
Her figures, often rigid and centrally planted, are immobile, with something “object” about them. In a pastoral scene, a woman stands behind her animals—a cow, dog, and cat—that are oddly all the same size. In another painting, a huge woman resembling a Greek Kouros stands holding a puppy as if she were more stone than flesh. Central characters are subverted, challenged, or undermined by other elements in the scenes they inhabit: a woman-child stares ahead forlornly in a room that appears as animate as she is; in profile, a couple with protruding noses stare intensely at one another, while in the background, a woman, semi-clothed in denim, appears distorted like a glitch in a digital image.
In Eyesore (2019), the artist pictures herself in her studio with denim covering her head and framing her face, emphasizing her beaming, full-moon, red-tinged eyes. Although, on first glance, it may appear to be one of the most realist works in the exhibition, its subtle visual discordances throughout produce an hallucinatory intensity, where the self-portrait is more a portal to the imaginary than a window to the soul.
Anna Glantz (Concord, MA, 1989) lives and works in Queens, NY. She holds a BA in Art and Linguistics from the University of California Los Angeles, and an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University, New York, NY.
Selected exhibitions include: Anna Glantz with The Approach, Independent, New York, NY (solo presentation); “The Pictionary Individual,” Real Pain Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA; “Portraits,” Foxy Production, New York, NY (all 2019); “Anna Glantz,” PAGE (NYC), New York, NY (solo); “Go Give Get,” Marinaro, New York, NY; “Splendor Solis,” The Approach, London, UK (all 2018); “Hecate,” Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA (2017); “Stones for Sandman,” 11R, New York, NY (solo); “Intimisms,” James Cohan, New York, NY; “I Am Silver,” Foxy Production, New York, NY; “Surface Tension,” Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY (all 2016); and “Horse in the Road,” Topless, Rockaway Beach, NY (2015).