Jean-Marc Bustamante

Locus Solus

Jean-Marc Bustamante’s pieces consistently problematize the spatial. Sometimes they are conceived in relationship to a specific space, as in the recent exhibition at the Haus Lange Museum in Krefeld, in other instances they refer to a more abstract space, as in this solo exhibition. In Krefeld, in a house designed by Mies Van der Rohe and later transformed into a museum, the artist adapted the architectural materials of the interiors—the wood of the floors and baseboard moldings, the cement of the walls—with grooves alluding to bricks, in order to foreground their relationships to the rooms they occupied. The artist animated the space, which was understood as the space of phenomena, of life, by thematizing its particular characteristics. In contrast, this show addressed the general spatial code of the art gallery on a more abstract level, and formally the work was more austere, since one

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