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P·P·O·W is pleased to present Elizabeth Glaessner’s third exhibition with the gallery, Phantom Tail. Siphoning inspiration from an evolving pool of art historical, mythological, and cultural references, and inspired by symbolist painters such as Edvard Munch, Glaessner conjures a surreal universe of hypnotic landscapes populated by androgynous doppelgängers, sphinxes, fiends, mirages, and more. Throughout the exhibition, Glaessner’s paintings act as portals, shepherding us into a world unmoored by virtue or vice where all manner of myths coexist without predetermined moral resolution.

Elizabeth Glaessner
Galatea on Stilts, 2022
oil on polycotton
85 x 70 ins.
215.9 x 177.8 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner
Galatea on Stilts, 2022
oil on polycotton
85 x 70 ins.
215.9 x 177.8 cm

The exhibition’s title, Phantom Tail, refers to both the lingering sensation of a primordial tail and alludes to possible origin tales now long forgotten. As a child, Glaessner’s protruding tail bone spawned an investigation of this feature as a lost vestige of humankind’s physical animality and our lost connection with the natural world. In paintings such as Galatea on Stilts, 2022, enigmatic limbs and tree trunks tonally and texturally converge, becoming indistinguishable from one another. This convergence reveals society’s cultural castration of our metaphorical ‘tails’ and offers a world where these can be felt again. Glaessner renders alternative psychological, sexual, and emotional worlds where the self is multitudinous, and heaven and hell are made irrelevant.

Elizabeth Glaessner
Blue Recluse, 2021
water dispersed pigments with binders and oil on canvas
70 x 85 ins.
177.8 x 215.9 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner
Blue Recluse, 2021
water dispersed pigments with binders and oil on canvas
70 x 85 ins.
177.8 x 215.9 cm

Glaessner revels in transformation and multiplicity. Reflecting the metamorphosis occurring within these subjects, Glaessner grounds each painting with a bold color field that is variously poured or stained. Shifting between formal articulation and non-representational gesture, Glaessner works by layering oil over poured pigments dispersed with water and various binders to allow for the spontaneity of the paint to lay the foundation for fluid narratives. In Blue Recluse, 2021, Glaessner depicts a multi-limbed, spider-like being treading in a shallow sea. Bobbing just above the surface of the water, the head of this mythological figure echoes the moon on the horizon, while its highly articulated ankles mirror bones littering the sea floor. Sandwiched between these potent symbols, the figure alternately emerges from and dissolves into the surrounding water. Throughout the exhibition, Glaessner returns to liquid as both crucial to the process and symbolic of the emotional fluctuations of the figures.

Through both process and composition, Glaessner seeks to better understand this emotional world by making it visual, the amorphous figures ultimately serving as conduits for ineffable emotion. By mining the unconscious, Glaessner simultaneously triggers our collective primal knowledge buried by centuries of societal boundaries and moral codes.

Elizabeth Glaessner (b. 1984) was born in Palo Alto, California and grew up in Houston, Texas. After receiving a BA from Trinity University in 2006, Glaessner moved to New York and completed an MFA at the New York Academy of Art in 2013. Glaessner was awarded a postgraduate fellowship at the New York Academy of Art in 2013, a residency at GlogauAIR, Berlin in 2013, and a residency at the Leipzig International Art Programme in 2012. Glaessner has presented two solo exhibitions with P·P·O·W, in 2014 and 2018, and has contributed to group exhibitions throughout North America and Europe. Glaessner will also present solo exhibitions at Le Consortium, Dijon, France, February 4 – May 22, 2022, and Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France in fall 2022.

Exhibited Works

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Elizabeth Glaessner Body Talk, 2021

Elizabeth Glaessner
Body Talk, 2021
oil on canvas
29 x 25 1/4 ins.
73.7 x 64.1 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Bodyguard, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Bodyguard, 2022
oil on linen
12 x 16 ins.
30.5 x 40.6 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Two Sphinxes, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Two Sphinxes, 2022
oil on canvas
70 x 85 ins.
177.8 x 215.9 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Pressure Chamber, 2021

Elizabeth Glaessner
Pressure Chamber, 2021
water dispersed pigments with binders and oil on canvas
75 x 65 ins.
190.5 x 165.1 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Head under water, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Head under water, 2022
oil on polycotton
85 x 70 ins.
215.9 x 177.8 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Mirage, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Mirage, 2022
oil on canvas
50 x 40 ins.
127 x 101.6 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Mechanical Horse, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Mechanical Horse, 2022
oil on canvas
50 x 42 ins.
127 x 106.7 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Repeater, 2021

Elizabeth Glaessner
Repeater, 2021
water dispersed pigments with binders and oil on canvas
85 x 70 ins.
215.9 x 177.8 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Strange Loop, 2021

Elizabeth Glaessner
Strange Loop, 2021
water dispersed pigments with binders on canvas
72 x 72 ins.
182.9 x 182.9 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Paint Eater, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Paint Eater, 2022
oil on canvas
14 x 18 ins.
35.6 x 45.7 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Sphinx at night, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Sphinx at night, 2022
oil on linen
16 x 12 ins.
40.6 x 30.5 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Hourglass, 2021

Elizabeth Glaessner
Hourglass, 2021
oil on canvas
16 x 12 ins.
40.6 x 30.5 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Body Talk, 2021

Elizabeth Glaessner
Body Talk, 2021
oil on canvas
29 x 25 1/4 ins.
73.7 x 64.1 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Bodyguard, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Bodyguard, 2022
oil on linen
12 x 16 ins.
30.5 x 40.6 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Two Sphinxes, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Two Sphinxes, 2022
oil on canvas
70 x 85 ins.
177.8 x 215.9 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Pressure Chamber, 2021

Elizabeth Glaessner
Pressure Chamber, 2021
water dispersed pigments with binders and oil on canvas
75 x 65 ins.
190.5 x 165.1 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Head under water, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Head under water, 2022
oil on polycotton
85 x 70 ins.
215.9 x 177.8 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Mirage, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Mirage, 2022
oil on canvas
50 x 40 ins.
127 x 101.6 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Mechanical Horse, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Mechanical Horse, 2022
oil on canvas
50 x 42 ins.
127 x 106.7 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Repeater, 2021

Elizabeth Glaessner
Repeater, 2021
water dispersed pigments with binders and oil on canvas
85 x 70 ins.
215.9 x 177.8 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Strange Loop, 2021

Elizabeth Glaessner
Strange Loop, 2021
water dispersed pigments with binders on canvas
72 x 72 ins.
182.9 x 182.9 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Paint Eater, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Paint Eater, 2022
oil on canvas
14 x 18 ins.
35.6 x 45.7 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Sphinx at night, 2022

Elizabeth Glaessner
Sphinx at night, 2022
oil on linen
16 x 12 ins.
40.6 x 30.5 cm

Elizabeth Glaessner Hourglass, 2021

Elizabeth Glaessner
Hourglass, 2021
oil on canvas
16 x 12 ins.
40.6 x 30.5 cm

Installation Views

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