Building on a legacy established by her compatriot Marcel Broodthaers, Belgian artist Joelle Tuerlinckx works in the vein of institutional critique. Her practice, however, is distinguished by its ephemeral, transient and contingent nature. Projections, video, and drawing are often mixed with subtle alterations to the gallery space, and gestures that call attention to the time and space of the viewing experience.
For her first museum exhibition in the United States, Chicago Studies: Les etants donnes SPACE THESIS, Tuerlinckx took her cues from the Renaissance Society’s location in Cobb Hall, a building filled with classrooms devoted to undergraduate courses. Part laboratory and part classroom, Tuerlinckx’s exhibition was designed to facilitate the study of relationships between a wide range of exhibition components that included the formal properties of the gallery space, as well as the surrounding spaces used for various educational or institutional purposes by the University. The exhibition changed throughout the course of the day, as an attendant adjusted the configuration of its many elements in relation to one another and the gallery’s shifting lighting conditions.
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