Critics’ Picks

Left: COINCIDENCE, 2006, neon and mirror, 23 5/8 x 31 1/2 x 23 5/8“. Right: MEMORIA, 2006, neon and mirror, 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 x 23 5/8”.

Left: COINCIDENCE, 2006, neon and mirror, 23 5/8 x 31 1/2 x 23 5/8“. Right: MEMORIA, 2006, neon and mirror, 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 x 23 5/8”.

Krems

Brigitte Kowanz

Kunsthalle Krems
Museumsplatz 5
June 24–September 16, 2007

Vienna-born artist Brigitte Kowans has titled her exhibition “Vo_Lumen,” announcing from the outset that she is concerned with how light fills space and, indeed, is a space itself. Simultaneously magical and minimalist, her neon works draw viewers into intangible spaces by means of light refractions, light diffractions, and light reflected in mirrors. Each technique manages to suggest the swiftness and depth of a river, and through the use of words like ESCAPE and LIGHTING, Kowans creates what might be understood as the ultimate what-you-see-is-what-you-read tautology, one-upping Joseph Kosuth and his ilk. Here, the age-old opposition of mind and body is removed; even though one is aware of the boundaries between linguistic, illusionary, and architectural space, one remains wholly immersed in this light, floating world. It would be difficult to find a more persuasive or concise examination of the theme of light.