As an artist working in the public, I am informed by the physical properties of a site, as well as by its traces of human history. Creating an awareness of one’s self through highlighting one’s relationship to the physical environment, is paramount to my process.
My recent work with video reflects these concerns as well. Working with video I am able to alter spatial perception, create sculptural forms, and using color and textures, make works which offer a painterly and sensual experience. Since i have always been a painter, using video installation has integrated all of my concerns of more than twenty years of installation work as well as works in the public.
Anita Glesta’s work has been installed in public spaces as well as galleries, museums, and non-profit spaces in New York and internationally.
Solo Exhibitions have included White Columns Gallery, White Box, Black and White Gallery, Sculpture Center, the Queens Museum, and other galleries and Museums.
A well recognized artist in the public realm Anita Glesta has worked on several large-scale international projects. Among these projects is a permanent outdoor integrated landscape sculpture for the Federal Census Bureau Building in Washington DC commissioned by the General Services Administration Art and Architecture program and completed in 2010.
Recent exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow, New Museum Ideas City, Chase Manhattan Plaza with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council LACE Gallery Los Angeles, and a forthcoming exhibition of her work at the Sackler Museum, Beijing in 2013
She has been the recipient of grants and awards for her installations; Among them the Pollock/Krasner grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in the category of Architecture and Environmental Structures , NewYork State Council of the Arts New Media Technology, Puffin Foundation, the Australia Council for the Arts and others.
In Dec 2009 Glesta was commissioned to do a work through ARtport and the United Nations for the Climate Change conference in Copenhagen. Her multi-channel video installation “Cycle Interrupted”, has been shown in the Copenhagen Summit in 2009 and for the Cancun Summit in 2010.
Glesta has lectured about her work and about site specific public art throughout the world.
Recognizing that artists who would like to work in the public are not educated about some of the essential tools to do so, Glesta developed the concept of the program “Reconfiguring Site” at the School of Visual Arts to offer a “nuts and bolts” as well as a conceptually challenging program.