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INTERVIEW: Angela Grossmann speaks about ‘Small Crimes’.
Somber, sepia-toned, and dapper, the lone figures in Angela Grossmann’s Small Crimes series peer out of their frames with an air of dignified tragedy. Based on mugshots of criminals incarcerated for minor crimes, these collage works were first installed at the Barrister’s Lounge at the Provincial Court in Robson Square last month. On November 4th, the exhibition opens once again at another historic local courthouse: the Vancouver Art Gallery. Both are acts that Grossmann thinks of as almost subversive: she is returning these people to places of law and incarceration, not as criminals, but as art.
In the making for over 20 years, this suite of works showcases Grossmann’s skills in tearing apart and recombining — in stitching lost histories back into narratives and characters. Composed of vintage papers and photographs, each piece reconfigured with beautifully unsystematic gestures: the deft rips, slices, and smudges that make was once discarded precious again.