Reference Gallery

Gwenneth Boelens: At Odds

ShowingFebruary 17, 2017 - April 16, 2017

Reference Gallery

Gwenneth Boelens is concerned with processes of perception, memory, and time; throughout her work she aims to fix the traces of physical movement in space. Originally trained in photography, in her earlier work she used the antiquated wet plate collodion process, during which chemicals are distributed onto large glass plates and exposed to light. The resulting glass pieces capture the traces of her handling the plates during the process, and are displayed as sculptural installations in the space. More recently, Boelens has made a series of large-scale photograms, using various objects or textiles that are folded repeatedly over the duration of the exposure and create radiant fields of color. The show at the List, Boelens’s first solo museum exhibition, will present a group of new photographic works and woven, sculptural pieces. 

Gwenneth Boelens (b. 1980 in Soest, NL) lives and works in Amsterdam. Boelens’s work has been exhibited at Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; ACCA, Melbourne, and others. She attended the Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag, The Netherlands, and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam

Gwenneth Boelens: At Odds is curated by Henriette Huldisch, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.

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Exhibitions at the List Center are made possible with the support of Jane & Neil Pappalardo, Cynthia & John Reed and Terry & Rick Stone. This program Is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. Support for Gwenneth Boelens: At Odds is also provided by the Mondriaan Fund. In-kind media sponsorship is provided by 90.9 WBUR Boston’s NPR News Station.

General operating support is provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Council for the Arts at MIT, the Office of the Associate Provost at MIT, the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and many generous individual donors. The Advisory Committee Members of the List Visual Arts Center are gratefully acknowledged.

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  • Gwenneth Boelens: At Odds
    Installation view, MIT List Visual Arts Center
    Photo: Peter Harris Studio

  • Gwenneth Boelens: At Odds
    Installation view, MIT List Visual Arts Center
    Photo: Peter Harris Studio

  • Gwenneth Boelens Liar’s cloth (guileless note) (detail), 2015
    chromogenic color print (photogram, opaque projection), aluminium
    Courtesy the artist; Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam; and Klemm’s, Berlin

  • Gwenneth Boelens: At Odds
    Installation view, MIT List Visual Arts Center
    Photo: Peter Harris Studio

  • Gwenneth Boelens, (16th century Venetian parasol of alto-basso velvet), 2007/15
    chromogenic color print (opaque projection), glass, paper, metal
    Courtesy the artist; Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam; and Klemm’s, Berlin

  • Gwenneth Boelens, Liar’s Cloth, 2017
    Reflective and conductive thread, folding chair
    Courtesy the artist; 
    Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam; and Klemm’s, Berlin
    Photo: Peter Harris Studio

  • Gwenneth Boelens: At Odds
    Installation view, MIT List Visual Arts Center
    Photo: Peter Harris Studio

Press Coverage

  1. At MIT, seeing art as a place you can return to | Boston Globe | Cate McQuaid

  2. Gwenneth Boelens: At Odds | Artforum | Charlotte Cotton