Monique Thomaes: A venir

Angelika Stepken (text)

Stockmans Art Books, 2022


Since the early 1990s, Belgian artist Monique Thomaes (b. 1942) has been investigating how the perception and experience of architectural spaces can be intensified, slowed down or questioned. For this she uses video, photography, light projection and reflective materials such as glass or mirrors. By letting go of the parameters building, visitors and artistic intervention, she intensifies the perceptions of and the interactions between time and space. Her aesthetic strategy can be called pure and minimalistic. The technological, sculptural or architectural interventions do not essentially transform the given space, but offer an alternative perspective. In doing so, the functional dimension of the space is temporarily suspended and makes way for an aesthetic experience. In her questioning and fertilization of space, Thomaes regularly uses linguistic concepts. They provide her with the conceptual tools to carefully and carefully interact with the environment and the scenography of the space. Because her working method is essentially site-specific, she is also limited in time and space. The visual documentation of its interventions guarantees their survival. That is why the publication of this documentation, in addition to a walk through Thomaes’ world of ideas, in a book, guarantees that her interventions come to life in a different physical space – that of the book and the page.

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ISBN: 9789464363234

320 pages, images in color & b/w, 27,5 x 21 cm, paperback, Engels