Sunday, 8 November 2015

Ann Veronica Janssens: yellowbluepink

To the Wellcome Collection to see yellowbluepink, an exploration of consciousness by artist Ann Veronica Janssens, as part of their States Of Mind season. This installation consisted of a mist filled room into which coloured lights were projected. On entering the installation you walk into a fog of pink, which gradually merges into yellow, before fading into a pale blue. It was a really ethereal experience as the ghostly figures of other visitors emerged then evaporated, disappearing into the mist. It was a slightly unsettling experience as you could hear the voices of the other visitors through the fog, but could barely discern them. Most troubling was the disorientation. You found yourself groping in the mist for the familiarity and comfort of solid walls. Weirdly, as disorientating as the installation is, it wasn't a scary experience. It felt oddly comforting, otherworldly and very peaceful. The fog was like a cocoon. This piece reminded me of the sensory works of Olafur Eliasson such as The Weather Project which occupied the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, and also Antony Gormley's Blind Light installation at the Hayward Gallery which also employed light and mist.

Into the void....

Pink becomes yellow.

Yellow becomes blue.

yellowbluepink is a successful exploration of consciousness and a very interesting sensory experience.

I like the design of the exhibition leaflet and the way they have echoed the coloured mist of the installation by fading the colour on the inner of the leaflet from yellow to pink.

The Wellcome Collection staircase was a fascinating sculptural object in itself.

I loved this Antony Gormley just casually hanging from the ceiling.

I also want these beautiful lights in the cafe area.

Ann Veronica Janssens: States Of Mind
until 3rd January 2016
Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road