ANN VERONICA JANSSENS
The Institute for Contemporary Art (IAC) is proud to present in the spring of 2017 a comprehensive solo exhibition dedicated to the works of Ann Veronica Janssens. The artist will on the occasion seize the opportunity to invest all museum space, with new material on display to confront previous works.
Based on the act of perception, Ann Veronica Janssens’ work has been developing along an experimental line of research, through the prism of physical phenomena such as light, colour, sound or fog. With delicate gestures, the artist craves for the emergence of “indefinite regions”, somewhere between bedazzlement and epiphany. There, it is up to time flow, space and movement, assigned as they are to make conspicuous the undefined, transient nature of the real as sheer matter, to map out its primal conditions. Starting from the persistent questionings that her work upholds -in sculpture as well as in painting-, the IAC has now chosen to dedicate a large-scale solo exhibition to the artist’s works, in the wake of her recent displays at Marseille’s [mac] in 2004, Brussels’ Wiels in 2009 and Ghent’s SMAK in 2015.
Ann Veronica Janssens is committed to a close, long-standing work relationship with the IAC, and was instrumental in founding, along with Nathalie Ergino, IAC’s Laboratoire espace cerveau (space brain laboratory). Intended as a cross-disciplinary research program ever since its creation in 2009, the laboratory has been examining from the perspective of artistic experimenting the various research fields, both on a practical and theoretical level, that allow for the interconnection of space, time, body and brain.
This one-of-a-kind relationship has grown into a unique and lasting form of collaboration, as for instance the building-up of a perpetually shifting body of works, the Cabinet en croissance (the expanding cabinet), bears witness to. As a consistent set of works, the Cabinet features prototypes that the artist constantly renews, experimenting afresh, the result being committed to storage into IAC’s own collection.
With such an experimental process as its basis, the exhibition at IAC intends to help delineate the wide range of perceptions that are at play throughout the works of Ann Veronica Janssens. Audio or video immersive environments, meant for the public to experience a loss of landmarks, from her first fog installation, entitled Mukha, Anvers (Mukha, Antwerp), devised in 1997, up to glitters, a shimmering layout of coloured flakes: the show maps out a breakaway ascent into the natural light, towards the “wilderness”...
How could we move beyond our behaviours, conditioned by the space-time framework of experience, to reach a state of letting go, so that we might eventually merge with the elements and be at one with the universe?
Assistée de Magalie Meunier
Exhibition from Wednesday to Friday, from 2p.m.
Weekends from 1p.m. to 7p.m.
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Tickets : 6€/ 4€, Pass IAC 2016 : 15€