KIRSTEN GLASS
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I use collaged magazine arrangements as a compositional starting point for
large scale theatrical paintings. The idealized surface quality and smooth
intent of the source material itself becomes physically flawed and
conceptually corrupted by the humanising process of painting and narrative
reassembly. It is within this process of corruption that the possibility of
ambiguity opens up. In addition to the readymade ‘expressive’ poses of the
magazine models who Ireimagine as vampiric sirens calling the viewer into
the paintings’non-space, found objects are introduced as clues or props and
occasionalbands of borrowed text (from such sources as pop lyrics, make-up
ads orother peoples’ love letters) combine to form a dislocated narrative
where,free from a central plot, I’m left with a structure for interpretative play.
While the aggressively vacuous nature of this game insists on an elaborate
framing of meaningless symbolism, it seems to simultaneously obscure and
act out my personal stories, perhaps using the death mask of media
appropriation as an alibi for the fragile possibility of expressiveness. Or do
these pop-gothic webs expose the paintings’ and perhaps even the
Imaginations’ status as nothing but a personal arrangement of commercially
produced fantasy?

The title slogan ‘WAS IT DESTINY? I DON’T KNOW YET’ (lyrics from Blondie’s
‘I’m Always Touched by Your Presence Dear’) is crudely painted on the left
hand panel of a diptych which has been reworked and remixed from an
earlier painting entitled ‘You’re My Beachy Head’. This cut and paste process
runs right through Glass’s practice from the initial magazine collage
‘maquettes’ from which the paintings are structured to the rearrangement of
elements such as found objects,text, smaller paintings and framed pictures
hung on the main panels. Through this process a fractured narrative is
produced which deliberately fails in its   attempt at grandiose personal
‘expressiveness’ and is clearly only  able to speak through received images in
a compositional game of endless displacement. Amplifying the
characteristics of the magazine mentality, the posturing, vacuous
sentimentality, glamour and overall aimless seduction become, in Glass’s
work, cheapened and garish to the point of aggression.
Education

1998-2000          MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London
1993-1996          BA Painting, Chelsea College of Art, London
Solo Shows

2006         Hales Gallery, London
2004         One in the other, London
2001         One in the other, London
2000         Habitat, London
2000         Ace Gallery, Los Angeles
1999         Youthinkyoufuckinslick, Alfred Camp, London

Selected Group Shows

2006          Grotto, Studio 1.1, London
2005          Photomuto, Hales Gallery, London
2004          Analysis of Beauty, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
2004          Brand New and Retro, UP Projects, London
2003          Spring, Laurent Delaye, London
2003          The Queen Mother Show, One in the Other, London
2002          Neverland, Cell Projects, London
2002          Rapture, Barbican,London
2002          Electric Dreams, Barbican, London
2002          Becks Futures, ICA, London
2001          The Tattoo Show, Modern Art, London
2001          Death to the Fascist Insect that Preys on the Life of the People, Anthony d’Offay, London
2001          Egotripping, Anthony Wilkinson, London
2000          Hard Candy, Galerie Wieland, Berlin
2000          On the Rocks, APT Gallery, London
2000          Cover Versions, The Trade Apartment, London
2000          Amber, Laure Genillard, London
1999          Living in the Real World, Cubitt Gallery, London
1999          Coffee and TV, Vilma Gold, London

Selected Publications

‘Model and Supermodel: The artist’s model in British art and culture’,
edited by Jane Desmarais, Martin Postle and Martin Vaughan, Manchester
University Press, 2006
‘British Artists at Work’, Amanda Eliasch and Gemma de Cruz, Assouline
Press, 2003
‘Rapture: Art’s Seduction by Fashion, 1970-2002’, Chris Townsend, Thames and Hudson, 2002