Anna Kaplan Contemporary (formerly BT&C Gallery) announces Slowly I Turn, a solo exhibition of new work by Pam Glick. Slowly I Turn opens Thursday, October 12th with a reception 6-9pm. There will be an artist talk at the gallery on Thursday, November 9th at 6pm. The exhibition will run through November 11th. Gallery hours are Fridays 12 - 7pm and Saturdays 12:30 - 4pm, or anytime by appointment (716-604-6183).
Slowly I Turn borrows its title from a comedic sketch popularized in the 1940s and 1950s by several names in comedy including the Three Stooges. The sketch involves a character who in the midst of an unrelated activity or telling of a story, is set off by a certain phrase that triggers a violent outburst. The implication is that the words trigger a memory in the crazed character, sending them into a state of mania, which begins with them uttering the words "Slowly I turned...step by step...inch by inch...” In the Three Stooges version, the trigger is the words “Niagara Falls.” The symbol of this massive waterfall has been a trigger for Glick too, in many ways; the subject has been a constant source of imagery for the artist since the 1980s— one that she translates into a schematic image over and over again. For Glick, Niagara is at once a symbol of the security of familiarity and the sublime unrelenting power of nature. Glick explains: “The geometry of its 45-degree angle and contrasting elements have endless possibilities for me including ideas of stillness, motion, color, repetition, visual strata, material memory and mystery.”
Glick’s imagery and use of color are a paradox in and of themselves— the work is both chaotic and frenzied while being structured and controlled; each abstraction has a definite gridded visual support maintaining it all as it threatens to collapse.
Matthew Higgs, Director/Chief Curator, White Columns, NY identifies Glick’s use of Niagara in her imagery as “a recurring visual metaphor for both the inevitability of change and the potential for renewal.” He goes on to explain her aesthetic process:
. . . she subsequently abstracts and deconstructs, creating in turn visceral, complex, and labyrinthine paintings that suggest a form of psychological and emotional mapping. Glick’s gestural mark making is often calligraphic; fragmentary language, from a wide range of sources, manifests in the work, establishing a kind of visual ‘patois’, a lyrical aesthetic-narrative form, at once legible and illegible.
Roberta Smith of the New York Times described paintings of Glick’s hung in a 2016 solo show at White Columns as “beautiful castoffs, relics of better times, which adds gravity to their improvisational flair.” The works included in this installation continue in this vein, but with the inclusion of a brighter— at times vivid neon— palette which gives the paintings a brilliant internal light source. Included in Slowly I Turn are Glick’s visceral abstractions on assorted media including shaped canvas, tarp and cardboard. Glick’s fearless and original mark making on this varied media recalls the sculptural immediacy of Eva Hesse’s sculptures combined with the performative gesture of Jackson Pollock’s drips. Glick’s work is constantly evolving. This show is a glimpse into her prolific practice— all of the work included has been created this year.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Pam Glick was formally trained at the Rhode Island School of Design where she received a BA in painting. Glick was widely exhibited during the 1980s and 1990s, most notably in New York City with solo shows at Ramnerine Gallery (Long Island City), White Columns and Wolff Gallery as well as a solo show at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. Locally, Glick was a part of the In Western New York exhibition at the Albright-Knox in 1981— the artist’s very first formal exhibition opportunity. Glick was recently included in the Hallwalls 2015/16 exhibition series, Amid/In Western New York. Glick’s work has also been included in important group shows alongside works by artists such as Jean Michele Basquiat, George Condo and Christopher Wool and in 2016 Glick had a solo exhibition at White Columns, NY. Glick’s work is a part of many collections, both public and private, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, M&T Bank, Eli Broad Foundation and Citi Bank. This is the second solo exhibition of Glick’s work at Anna Kaplan Contemporary (formerly BT&C Gallery).
ABOUT ANNA KAPLAN CONTEMPORARY
Anna Kaplan Contemporary is formerly BT&C Gallery (Body of Trade & Commerce Gallery), founded in 2013 and on Niagara Street in Buffalo since June of 2014. www.annakaplancontemporary.art for more information. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@annakaplancontemporary @annarkaplan). Anna Kaplan Contemporary is also a part of the art consultancy Resource:Art, (www.resourceartny.com). Resource:Art is a unique collaboration with two other WNY gallerists, Elisabeth Samuels (Indigo Art) and Emily Tucker (Benjaman Gallery Group). Browse Anna Kaplan Contemporary and Resource:Art exhibitions at Artsy.net (through Resource:Art): https://www.artsy.net/resource-art.