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1301PE is pleased to present its second one-person exhibition by Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens. For two decades Janssens has been hailed for creating work that pushes back the limits of perception.

Janssens creates situations which are not reducible to spectacular effects, as so triumphantly revealed in her hypnotic light sculpture Donut currently on view in the exhibition Ecstasy at MOCA, Los Angeles. She engages the viewer by destabilizing our perception of matter.

For this exhibition Janssens will present a new light sculpture as well as Aquarium – within a glass filled cube filled with water and alcohol floats a perfect sphere. Never losing its perfect shape the sphere floats freely, reflecting a reverse mirror image of you and the surrounding space. Janssens sculptures defy objectification, she arrests our body’s need to be, to act, to perform while conversely liberating us by proposing the political ideal that space privileges no point of view.

Ann Veronica Janssens was born in 1956. She lives and works in Belgium.

One-person museum exhibitions and projects include Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York; “8’26”, MAC Galeries contemporaines des muséess de Marseille, Marseille, France; “Travelings”, Opneluchtmuseumm voor Beeldhouwkunst Middelheim, Antwerp, Belgium; Art Unlimited, Art33, Basel, Switzerland and "Red, Blue & Yellow", CIVA, Fondation pour l’Architecture, Brussels, Belgium in 2002; "Light Games", Neue National Galerie, Berlin, Germany, "Vision", City of Tomorrow, Malmö, Sweden and "Works for Space", Kunstverein München, Germany in 2001; "In the absence of light it is possible to create the brightest images within oneself", Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria Dance Festival (by invitation from the choreographer Pierre Roulais), Tours, France in 2000; "Horror Vacui", 48th Venice Biennale, Belgian Pavilion, French Community of Belgium, Espace 251 Nord, Venice, Italy, "Super Space, 13 installaties in Utrecht", 14th Festival, Werf, Utrecht, The Netherlands, "Perte de Reperes", FRAC Lorraine, Metz, Fance in 1999; "Ann Veronica Janssens", MUHKA (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen), Antwerp, Belgium in 1997

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