MOCA’s ‘Project Atrium: Angela Glajcar’ helps the viewer ‘experience light and shadow’
2015-03-29 By Charlie Patton
For the next three months, the Haskell Atrium Gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville will be filled with large white sheets of paper hung side by side, each perforated by the hand of artist Angela Glajcar in a way that seems to create a cavern.
Glajcar calls the installation Terforation 2015-10, part of a series of installations of large, hand-torn sheets of paper suspended in mid-air that she calls Terforations. Terforation is a work that combines the words terra and perforation, suggesting that she has encountered terra incognito, undiscovered land, and penetrated it.
Glajcar, a German artist who has been working on the Terforation series since 2005, created the MOCA installation specifically for the Atrium Gallery, first creating a small model at her studio, then hand-tearing the large sheets of paper in her studio before shipping them to Jacksonville. She spent about 10 days installing the pieces for the installation, which opened to museum members Friday night and to the public Saturday.
Taking advantage of the 40-foot-high gallery, “Project Atrium: Angela Glajcar” will consist of two parts of the installation, one suspended at a higher level than the other.
“It’s the first time she’s working vertically,” said Jaime DeSimone. the MOCA’s assistant curator of exhibitions. “She’s really exploring the physical properties of paper.”
“A sculpture has to make the viewer wish to see everything,” Glajcar said. “If you move in the space, you’re part of the composition.”
Because the Atrium Gallery can be viewed from three floors in MOCA, viewers will have multiple perspectives. From the floor of the gallery, the viewer looks up from below both parts of the installation. From the second floor gallery, the viewer looks directly at the lower part of the installation and up at the higher part. From the third floor, the viewer can look deep into three dimensional cave created by Glajcar’s perforation of the approximately 150 sheets of white paper.
The whiteness of Glajcar’s installation seems to make it a part of MOCA third floor exhibition “WHITE,” which consists of works in which white is the primary color.
Whatever message Glajcar is hoping to communicate with her sculpting in paper – Terforation is not the only series she is working on – she keeps the message to herself, DiSimone said.
“She doesn’t talk about interpretations,” she said.
But DiSimone can offer her own.
“She is helping us understand the physical nature of sculpting and how it affects our experience of light and shadow,” DiSimone said. ”… I think people will be stunned.”
“Project Atrium: Angela Glajcar” is the 12th exhibit in the Atrium Gallery since MOCA executive director Marcelle Polednik launched the Project Atrium series in 2011.
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