Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenIn a Saturnian World25.09. - 18.12.2011
The Renaissance Society, Chicago
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, *1951 in Antwerp, Belgium
lives and works in Antwerp
Curated by Hamza Walker55 available works
Antwerp-based artist Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven’s highly heterogeneous output includes drawing, painting, video, writing, interactive computer animations, and performance, always generating new, uncharted meaning by juxtaposing text and image in uncanny fashion. Her signature pictorial elements – images of women, planes of vibrant color, and blocks of text – are discretely layered to craft a space where, in fine phantasmagoric fashion, any- and everything can happen. The title of her Renaissance Society solo exhibition, In A Saturnian World, was inspired by Paul Verlaine’s Poèmes saturniens, revealing an interest in astrology, mythology, mysticism, and the occult that serves as a counterpoint to her wide-ranging explorations of scientific principles. For Van Kerckhoven, these ways of understanding the world each have their own value in portraying the human mind’s steadfast determination to make meaning, regardless of whether the methods are empirical or intuitive.