Thursday, August 29, 2019

5 Artists Using Glitter to Create Dazzling and Complex Artworks

By Alina Cohen
Chitra Ganesh, Power Girl, 2015. Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco Chitra Ganesh.
 As an art material, glitter offers easy seduction. Basic biology mandates that sparkling surfaces lure even the most sophisticated viewer’s eye. As a child, Chitra Ganesh began using glitter for costumes and celebrations. As a young artist, she said the material took on “a queer sensibility, as a way to perform, mark, or alter gender expressions.” Ganesh’s figurative compositions still evidence a youthful approach. Power Girl (2015), for example, plays on superhero tropes to transform a young, non-white woman with a sparkling nose ring into a potent and formidable character—a Powerpuff Girl, but edgier. Ganesh’s oeuvre, as a whole, maintains this cartoonish, feminist edge. [More]
Chris Martin's "Untitled." Courtesy of Anton Kern Gallery
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, B.A.D. (Black Amethyst Dragon), 2018. Courtesy of the artist.
Ebony G. Patterson, Dead Tree in a Forest, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.
Ann Veronica Janssens, Untitled (White Glitter), 2016. Image © Peter Cox, De Pont Museum, Tilburg (NL). Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York.