mist rooms – ann veronica janssens

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Ann Veronica Janssens, Blue, Red and Yellow (2001), Neue National Galerie, Berlin

These light sensory environments by Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens are beautiful, mysterious and all consuming. These mist rooms explore human perception when our senses are clouded (literally), and make the viewers an intrinsic element.

With their conceptual nature they ask us to call into question what can be considered art – in these cases, something intangible like light, space, colour, sense are celebrated, and they are experienced as a duration, an ongoing experience or performance rather than as static artworks with fixed perimeters. The body, and the effect of light, space and colour on it, is the subject.

Ann Veronica Janssens, Jamaican Colors for Melle Léone (2003)

Ann Veronica Janssens, Lee 121 (2005)

‘Ann Veronica Janssens’ artistic practice could be defined as an exploratory journey into the sensory experience of reality. Using different devices -installations, projections, immersive environments, urban interventions, sculptures – she invites the viewer to cross the threshold into a new sensory space, on the borderline of dizziness and bedazzlement […] Spatialization and distribution of light, radiant colour, and translucent or reflective surfaces all serve to reveal the instability of our perception of time and space,’ explains Antwerp’s Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, where Janssens exhibited earlier this year.

If you like these works then you’ll definitely love James Turrell’s installations.

See Blue, Red and Yellow (above) in action here:

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  1. Wonderful- I’d really like to experience these in person. The total immersion in an artwork reminds me of one of my favourite artists, Fujiko Nakaya. She is a Japanese artist who studies the topography of a piece of land or public space, then designs site-specific contraptions to encapsulate the area in fog. Combined with some well placed lighting, her work turns the space into a total dreamscape.Walking through one of her installations is such a surreal, incredible experience- worth checking out on Youtube if you’re interested, but I’m sure it won’t completely capture the magic of t.

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