It feels like we only go backwards


For an exhibition at Sign, an artist initiative in Groningen, I made a few quite minimal site specific interventions, such as painting the front window (the space used to be a shop) and cleaning parts of the floor to make it resemble sun light reflection.

With the cleaned floor, I was interested in the split second in which you believe that something is what it is not. Crucial for me is being transparent about the way an illusion is being produced, to feed a perpetual process of questioning what it is that you’re seeing. A sideways glance, for instance when passing through the space, produces the illusion of light, while a more frontal approach makes you realise it is a cleaned floor. There is a thus a certain temporality in how the work unfolds, brought about by different gazes, none of which dominates or inhibits other modes of looking.