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Lambert Crickxstraat 30
1070 Brussels, Belgium

Maud Capturing the Light 'On a Clear Day'

Manon de Boer

Installation, 16mm, color, 4:3, no sound, BE, 2015, 2’20”

“My artworks have neither object nor space nor line nor anything – no forms. They are light, lightness, about merging, about formlessness, breaking down form. You wouldn’t think of form by the ocean. You can go in if you don’t encounter anything. A world without objects, without interruption, making a work without interruption or obstacle. It is to accept the necessity of this simple, direct going into a field of vision as you could cross an empty beach to look at the ocean.” (Agnes Martin)

Agnes Martin is one of my favourite artists. A collector I know, Maud B., owns two screen prints by Agnes Martin from the series On a Clear Day. She has them framed behind glass in her apartment, hanging in a corridor close to a big window. In front of one of the screen prints I installed a 16 mm camera and left the diaphragm on 4, for an average light value. I asked Maud to film the work whenever she passed by and would look at it – for as long as she watched it. She filmed it each time she was struck by the way the light was playing with the work and influencing her perception of it. The differences in light and colour in the film, due to the fact that the diaphragm was never adjusted, correspond to the different moments of looking at the work and make the image merge with its environment to various degrees.

The 16 mm film Maud Capturing the Light ‘On a Clear Day’ is part of a larger research project on rhythm. It involves an exploration, through various film works, encounters and experiments, on how our individual rhythm (freed from societal rhythms), thanks to moments of empty time, create a space for inspiration, concentration and creativity.

Maud Capturing the Light 'On a Clear Day' has been on display at the following locations:

Cinematek Brussels, (BE) May 25–May 26 2024 Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, (CH) Mar 26–Oct 9 2022 Museum Dhondt Dhaenens Deurle, (BE) Nov 5–Dec 6 2020 National Gallery Prague, (CZ) Sep 20 2019–Jan 5 2020 Ota Fine Arts Singapore, (SG) Mar 2–Apr 14 2019 Fotomuseum Antwerpen, (BE) Jun 23–Oct 8 2017 Jan Mot Brussel, (BE) Nov 3–Dec 17 2016 Secession Vienna, (AT) Jul 1–Aug 28 2016 Cubitt London, (GB) Jun 16–Jul 24 2016 SMAK Gent, (BE) Oct 10 2015–Jan 31 2016 Art Basel Basel, (CH) Jun 18–Jun 21 2015 Jan Mot Brussel, (BE) Jun 12–Jul 25 2015