Inthe pleasure Galia Gluckman takes in her practice is palpable. Made up of paper, paint and tape on balsa wood, the work’s ordinary materials belie its textural contrasts and tactile, sensual aspects: tape that looks like bits of mirror, wood that has been roughly painted light blue and black, a tiny flash of pink. “Always make art to please yourself” reads a note written in the artist’s studio: a sentiment that can be seen in how she uses everyday objects to create surfaces and shapes that invite touching. This work uses the same materials and approach as work she produced for her 2020 show at SMAC Stellenbosch, which dealt with idea of the party in the time of COVID-19.
22.5 x 6.5cm | Paper, paint and tape on balsa wood | uniqueGalia Gluckman (b. 1973, Tel Aviv) is an artist living and working in Cape Town. Originally qualifying as a fashion designer, Gluckman previously worked between London and New York before returning to her contemporary art practice. Her most recent work is concerned with the metaphor of the party to trigger reflection: works made up of tinsel, ribbon and rope allude to self-protection as well as invitation. Though non-figurative, Gluckman’s work belies an eye for fine detail and the subtleties of relationships between bodies in space - a concern that becomes increasingly relevant during the pandemic.