In, Galia Gluckman combines unexpected materials – shredded paper, a metallic bell – to create an assemblage that resists definition as 'sculpture' or 'painting'. Described as 'constructions' in her 2020 show at SMAC Stellenbosch, the artist’s ambiguous objects often contain easily anthropomorphised elements that project outwards into the space surrounding them. Here, the work's shape echoes that of a gestural brushmark, or something stretching – the idea of 'expansion' more acutely resonating in a time where social distancing is required and distance between us necessitated.
60 x 10cm | paper, paint, metallic bell and tape | unique
Originally a fashion designer, Galia previously worked between London and New York before returning to Cape Town to pursue her contemporary art practice. Made from tinsel, ribbon and brightly coloured rope, her most recent work explores the party as metaphor. Though non-figurative, Gluckman’s work belies an eye for fine detail and the subtleties of relationships between bodies in space – a concern that has since become increasingly relevant during the pandemic moment.