Make visible the invisible: Ann Veronica Janssens

by Alessandro Trabucco

The artistic research of Ann Veronica Janssens, english artist living in Belgium, is part of that aesthetic experience acted by the so-called second generation of artists featured in the studing of experimentations activities fullfilled in the californian group Light & Space, that occured from the middle of the 60’s, where there were in its undiscussed protagonists, light art pioneers, James Turrell, Robert Irwin, Doug Wheeler, Maria Nordman, DeWain Valentine and others. Their researches are characterized above all by the studing of psycology of perception and by using industrial materials as glass, flourescent lights and acrylic resins. Capital it was the action of structural alteration in the space aiming to create immersing ambients able to totally involve the viewer.

The second blaze of light artists, in wich partecipates Ann Veronica Janssens, includes  figures of international importance among them Olafur Eliasson, Leo Villareal, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Spencer Finch.
As the main attention of the artists in the group Light & Space was concentrated on perceptive and sensorial phenomena acted by the interactive dynamic of the viewer with the ambient created by their luminous work of art, even the work of Ann Veronica Janssens find their complete expression in this creative formula.
Even the artist declares that her projects are often based on scientific and technological matters, following a research that is close to the considerations of the empirical observation in a lab, a sort of detailed analys of events and of displays, rephrased according a particular aesthetic key, also with a public and social character, that makes transcendence of the light the main feature of what she defines as ” the attempt of escape from the oppression by the objects”. (quot.). In this sense the experience of the light in the installations by Ann Veronica Janssens become, on the contrary, a tactile experience, of a real material state of energetic emissions that invest the whole ambient, as it happens physically in her spaces wrapped in the artificial fog, an exemple of the peculiar immersing and interactive art of Ann Veronica Janssens.
Blue, Red and Yellow is a work achieved in the Mies Van der Rohe pavillion placed on the roof of Neue Nationale Galerie in Berlin in 2001. With this intervention the artist create an ambient in wich the viewer loose his personal reference points of time and space inside this little parallelepipedon, immerse in a luminous and coloured fog, roaming in a manifest void in turn filled up with a cromatic substance that swallowes everything and it do not let any tangible reference point.
Or the work RR Lyrae, presented in the last edition of Unlimited at Art Basel on June 2014, where the seven luminous rays composing the yellow star not only they create a distinguishable form but, getting closer, their intensity is so much dazzling to create a complete disorientation, as we can find ourselves in a new spatial dimension, a new experience of the visible in the invisible.

 

Photo credits:
1 | Blue, red and yellow, 2001 Neuenationalgalerie, Berlin_courtesy  Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Bruxelles
2 | Bluette, 2006_courtesy Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Bruxelles
3 | Donut, 2003_courtesy  Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Bruxelles
4 | Freak Star, 2004_courtesy  Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Bruxelles
5 | Jamaican Colors for Melle Léone, 2003_courtesy  Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Bruxelles
6 | Lee 121, 2005_courtesy  Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Bruxelles
7 | Orange blue sea – 2006 – courtesy Galleria ARTIACO_Napoli
8 | Représentation d’un corps rond 2, 1996-2001_courtesy  Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Bruxelles
9 | Rose (2007) ©the artist/DACS Photo- Linda Nylind
10 | RR Lyrae_Unlimited at Art Basel-June 2014_©MOnicamazzoleni2014

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