Ann Veronica Janssens

FreeSpace 2004

The playful lightness of Ann Veronica Janssens' interventions prevents us from describing them in such momentous terms as 'work' or 'oeuvre'. In each case she attempts to track down something that is difficult to pin down. Something you can only glimpse if you are lucky. Using minimal interventions she questions boundaries that are taken to be self-evident. A metal pipe connects an art gallery with the adjoining squat. Engraved coins inject the usually serious world of money with a dash of poetry. A tennis practice-wall expressionlessly faces the other sculptures in an open-air museum. And who is that over there? Is it a spectator or simply a part of the installation?

For a brief period you relinquish control. There is a new form of interaction between the brain and the senses. But isn't the brain just another a computer? Pascal Rousseau points out the relationship between Ann Veronica Janssens' experiments and Francisco Varela's ideas about the brain being a sort of cloud which is in constant interaction with the world: 'Memory no longer functions as a storage place from which we can dig out readymade solutions and images, but as a catalyst of open forms and finds, a sensitive space of freedom.' (Art Press 299). - Peter Pollers

Courtesy Galerie Micheline Szwajcer

FreeSpace 2006

Ann Veronica Janssens sculptures light, sound and space with very clear and simple shapes and materials.
'Representation d'un corps rond' (1996) also comprises simple building blocks: a shaft of light is projected through a curtain of fog. This creates a hollow cone that sometimes rotates around its axis and sometimes stands still. The effect is almost hypnotic. The visitor is attracted by the light, stands in the centre of the work and is confronted with the space, their own body and sensual observations. A space in a space is created by the wall of light and all physical points of reference disappear.

Ann Veronica Janssens (1956, Folkstone) lives and works in Brussels.


10.10 to 31.12.2004
13.05 to 29.10.2006
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