Ann Veronica Janssens, Cerith Wyn Evans, Damián Ortega at White Cube, Bermondsey
The White Cube is currently hosting a magnificent set of exhibitions by three amazing artists, each with their own unique style and voice. Featured are works by Ann Veronica Janssens, Cerith Wyn Evans, and Damián Ortega. Each artist contributes something unique to the gallery, giving every viewer something to marvel at.
Cerith Wyn Evans has taken the beauty of light and moulded it into a stunning glowing sculpture of twists and exotic curves with his almost anxiety inducing, installation, ‘Neon Forms’.
The tubes of light hang from the ceiling in an erratic fashion, creating orderly chaos. The bright lights fill the entire room, bouncing off the pure white walls and illuminating every inch of the space, lighting up the room and the eyes of each viewer with it’s sheer beauty.
In another room of the gallery are the colourful yet minimalist works by Ann Veronica Janssens. Janssens works explore spatial-temporal experience and the limits of perception. On one side of the room stand ‘Sweet Blue’ (2010-17), which is part of an ongoing series of glass cubes filled with paraffin. The glass and oil reflect the lights, colours and imagery around it, making an entirely new piece of art depending on what angle you view it from. The use of paraffin oil creates a magical optical illusion of a thin layer of colour that floats above a pool of clear liquid. The use of clear glass and oil make this piece so vulnerable and pure, which only adds to its simplistic beauty.
On the other side of the room, there is a trail of shimmering powder strewn across the floor. The powder looks as though it has been dropped carelessly, however, it has been placed with such precision and intent that when viewed from a certain angle the coloured lights of another installation nearby, dance off of the shimmering substance creating a rainbow of images in the powder.
Janssens’ installations are extremely captivating, sending the viewer into some sort of hypnotic trance. Her work calls for the viewer to hand over their mind, body and soul to uncover something beautiful in exchange.
Damián Ortega’s style of art is incredibly unique and thought-provoking. His installation, ‘Play Time’ focuses on the themes of such as playing and learning. Ortega’s installations are made upon various types of media, including prints, sculptures, and a mixture of materials.
His prints that surround the walls of the gallery are bold and bright, with patterns and messages written on them. The prints often include hidden messages or are placed in such a way that the viewer needs to gaze deeply to ascertain what each piece is trying to convey. These prints together create a visual essay, made up of words and images, throughout the gallery.
Ortega's sculptures have an incredible rawness to them. ‘Encylopedic Geodes’ (2017) displays spherical forms created from laters of paper taken from a 1975 edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica. The spheres have been cut in half, revealing a compressed chaotic structure, which exposes the history of each ones creation. Ortega uses clay from Zacatecas in Mexico to create many of the patterns and structures, including the piece, ‘Percentual Constellation’ (2017), which consists of multiple white glazed clay balls in various sizes. The balls are arranged along the floor, stretching outwards to represent the solar system. In ‘Variable Schema’ (2017) Ortega has created another series of glazed clay balls. However, these have been cut in half and re-joined, creating a set of rogue uneven spheres.
Each of these artists offer something completely unique to the viewers and yet their creations are set out in a harmonious flow throughout the space of the gallery, luring the visitor in and keeping the mind truly intrigued every step of the way.
The works by Ann Veronica Janssens, Cerith Wyn Evans and Damián Ortega are on display at White Cube Bermondsey until 12th November 2017. More information may be found here.