Ann Veronica Janssens, Michel François
The Song of the Araponga
28 Jun – 9 Aug 2019
39 Walker

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Ann Veronica Janssens and Michel François, The Song of the Araponga, Installation view, Bortolami, New York, NY, 2019

Bortolami is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition with Ann Veronica Janssens and Michel François. Former partners and collaborators, their new and recent works create a poetic exchange between the two artists. François presents objects and their implicit origins: a constructed corner, copied and reimagined from a courtyard in India; a soccer ball assembled from a leather jacket; worn sandals cast in bronze. Interspersed, Janssens places smooth, translucent glass rolls and brilliant white glitter scattered across the floor, iridescently. Their assemblage creates a tableau that is both aerial and terrestrial.

The sound of the araponga, or three-wattled bellbird, is curious and metallic. Its cry recalls a shared memory for Janssens and François, during a visit to Sao Paolo for the biennial in 1994. Five years later, they would represent Belgium in the Venice Biennale in 1999, and would show together again in a two-person exhibition at Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in 2015.

Works

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Dancer Ring

Dancer Ring, 2018

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Luminaire

Luminaire, 2019

Installation view of displayed artwork titled One Another (football)

One Another (football), 2019

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Trousers

Trousers, 1991

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Materialization of tongues

Materialization of tongues, 2018

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Parpaing (concrete block and tabacco)

Parpaing (concrete block and tabacco), 2019

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Blue Glass Roll 405

Blue Glass Roll 405, 2017

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Candy Sculpture 805/2-600-805/2

Candy Sculpture 805/2-600-805/2, 2018

Installation view of displayed artwork titled The Skeis…

The Skeis…, 2019

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Hazy Glass Roll

Hazy Glass Roll, 2019

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Untitled (White Glitter)

Untitled (White Glitter), 2016

Press

Gallery Peeping: New York Heats Up With A New Wave of Summer Exhibitions Cultured Magazine Jul 2019