Ann Veronica Janssens
Californian Blinds #2
Blinds, gold leaf
240 x 150 x 5 cm (94 1/2 x 59 1/8 x 2 in)
Californian Blinds #2 consists of a sequence of gold-leaf covered vertical blind slats. While the evenly-spaced elements recall the utilitarian blinds, the work plays on the combination of the seriality of minimalist aesthetics with the preciousness of the material. In addition, the work combines major themes of Ann Veronica Janssens’ oeuvre: the work of art as window and visual phenomena created by slight alterations to the materiality of objects. The work belongs to a series of gilded blinds begun in 2007 that comprises four variations of Venetian and Californian blinds. The series echoes the artist's early architectural interventions of glass panels covering the Persian blinds of a building (1995–2003). Janssens's works foreground the body’s perception of the world and itself in it. She often uses light, natural optical phenomena or glass as medium. Produced with great care, her works exude the impression of great simplicity yet create vivid experiences of the act of seeing, evoking a heightened awareness of the changeability and fleetingness of individual perceptions.