Joëlle Tuerlinckx

Joëlle Tuerlinckx

WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels

© Joëlle Tuerlinckx.

September 19, 2012

Joëlle Tuerlinckx

22 September 2012–6 January 2013

Opening: Friday 21 September, 6:30pm
Press Conference: Thursday 20 September, 11am

WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels
Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354
1190 Brussels, Belgium
Hours: Wed–Sun 11–6pm

T +32 (0)2 340 00 53

WIELS is presenting the first large-scale exhibition of Joëlle Tuerlinckx’ work in Brussels, the city where she lives and works. WOR(LD)K IN PROGRESS? retraces Joëlle Tuerlinckx’s practice via new pieces and through the reactivation of earlier works and constellations.

Joëlle Tuerlinckx organizes her exhibitions in a movement that consists of reducing to the elementary through laying bare all the conventions that accompany art: each exhibition is a specific construction, an investigation of experiments around a specific space-time: that of the architecture and the mechanics of the institution where it intervenes. Beyond a seeming abstraction, her relationship to the world is translated into works that name, describe, question: the title of the exhibition reveals an ongoing and operative idea, that of the  sedimentation process of a practice, inasmuch as it attests to her critical reflection on the notion of progress and growth in the context of an announced economic revival.

Exploring her subjects (lines, points, forms, floating figures…) as inexhaustibly new givens, multiplying the originals, and effacing the clues and bearings—gravity, weight, balance, on and off camera …—of such historically defined practices as sculpture, painting, or cinema, she makes WIELS resound with themes and notions that refuse all closure.

Joëlle Tuerlinckx traces the contours of art and catches them into the ephemeral perspective of her own process of creating. Her work shows how the time and space of painting is more complex than its frame. A clear chaos of motives and associations offers a particular space for frames, words, papers, signatures and other peripheral aspects integral to the process of creating an image. An open formalism can be read, but the view remains succinct, it cannot be neutralised in a single point of view. In a fragile play of mere possibilities the view moves between open and closed, light and dark, false and real, kitsch and aesthetic balance.

Joëlle Tuerlinckx was born in Brussels in 1958, where she still lives. Her work has been presented internationally, including, to cite the most recent, at the Reina Sofia, Palacio de Cristal, Madrid (2009), MAMCO, Geneva (2007), The Drawing Center, New York (2006), The Power Plant, Toronto (2005), Ausstellungshalle Münster (2005), The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2003), South London Gallery (2002), Documenta 11, Kassel (2002), Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (2001), Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (1999) and Witte de With, Rotterdam (1994).

She is represented by the Galerie Nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna and the Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne/Berlin.

A comprehensive lexicon, written by the artist, accompanies the exhibition.

Exhibition curated by Dirk Snauwaert

This exhibition is a coproduction with Haus der Kunst, Munich
This exhibition benefited from the generous support of BNP Paribas Fortis
WIELS Contemporary Art Centre is supported by Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel-Bruxelles

Complementary Program of film screenings, lectures, and other events
Film screenings on Wednesdays
Look Who’s Talking: Willem Oorebeek & Joëlle Tuerlinckx
Lecture by Catherine Mayeur: 18 October 2012, 7pm
Lecture by Bart De Baere: 14 November 2012, 7pm
Lecture by Michel Baudson: 8 November 2012, 7pm
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Press contact
Micha Pycke: / T +32 (0)2 340 00 51 / M +32 (0)486 680 070



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