Expressive, fluid, and frequently elusive, Angela Grossmann’s works may be thought of as traditional portraiture, but in fact she takes the genre in new directions. While Grossmann’s depictions have a remarkable human likeness, more significantly she brings psychological insights into the representation of the female as visualized in western society. Grossmann depicts the body because she is empowered by it and familiar with it—through observations, memories, and lived experience—and has now been addressing it in her studio practice for over four decades. As a woman, she is able to externalize the complexities of the desiring gaze, bringing to the fore representations of people, that not only celebrate beauty, joy, and the maternal, but also embody melancholy, introspection, as well as a subject’s own desires—in other words, unveiling the many dimensions of femininity.
Angela Grossmann: With Themselves opens at Equinox Gallery on Saturday, January 21, 2023.

Angela Grossmann

Angela Grossmann

For nearly four decades, Angela Grossmann has been recognized for her relentless probe into the complexities of identity, gender politics, and displacement. The subjects of her paintings, photo-based collages, and mixed-media works largely reference the female form, culled from a vast archive of images collected by the artist that includes art-historical references, postcards, and found snapshots. Expressive, fluid, and frequently elusive, Grossmann’s figures—that range from adolescence to maturity—are reframed and recontextualized, revealing the ambiguous and shifting boundaries between our public and private selves. From monumental to more intimately-scaled works, from the beautiful to the sublime, from exquisite drawings and gestural paintings to layered photos of disparate body parts, Grossmann’s vast exploration into the representation of the body not only activates the spaces between societal and individual human experience, but it also reveals her deep engagement with the sensual and unpredictable nature of the artistic process itself.

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Devon Knowles
Gone and Going

October 22, 2022 - November 19, 2022
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Gordon Smith
A Painter’s Legacy

September 10, 2022 - October 15, 2022
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Shawn Hunt
The First Moonrise

February 19, 2022 - March 19, 2022
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Special Project
future relics of our time

February 19, 2022 - March 19, 2022
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Jack Shadbolt
The Long Echo

November 27, 2021 - January 8, 2022
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Ben Reeves
A Boat Made of Ocean

October 16, 2021 - November 20, 2021
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Etienne Zack
Reflections on a Quiet City

May 15, 2021 - June 12, 2021
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Bobbie Burgers
Natural Disorder

November 19, 2020 - December 19, 2020
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Shawn Hunt
The Beginning of Something

October 10, 2020 - November 14, 2020
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Summer Exhibition
Gallery Artists

July 28, 2020 - August 29, 2020
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Renée Van Halm
Holding Pattern

January 18, 2020 - February 15, 2020
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Gathie Falk
New Paintings and Sculpture

September 7, 2019 - October 12, 2019
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BC Binning, Devon Knowles and Renée Van Halm
Leave the Window Open

September 9, 2019 - October 12, 2019
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Some Drawings
A Group Exhibition

March 9, 2019 - March 30, 2019
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Takao Tanabe
A Major Exhibition

January 17, 2019 - March 2, 2019
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Ben Reeves
Something Edge

November 24, 2018 - December 22, 2018
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Angela Teng
A Coloured Image of the Sun

November 24, 2018 - December 22, 2018
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Gordon Smith
Through the Trees

September 8, 2018 - October 13, 2018
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Jack Shadbolt
The Ghost Universe

January 20, 2018 - February 22, 2018
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Al McWilliams
Floor Thoughts

December 2, 2017 - January 13, 2018
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Gathie Falk
The Things in My Head

November 7, 2015 - December 12, 2015
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