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Carla Arocha

Stéphane Schraenen

What is in-between?


For Ballroom Gallery in Brussels Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen created a new large room size installation titled Interstice. This room within a room is a wall-like hanging structures made of hundreds of white and mirrored Plexiglass elements, each element has a diagonal laser-cut pattern, when assembled an overall pattern emerges and a moiré is rendered visible. Subtle glimmers of reflexion coming through the diagonal openings, create a random experience within the rigidity of the physical pattern. 

Interstice is a reflection on what is within. Inside the wall is a space; the space inside is a place for reflections, a space for thoughts.

Transparent and elusive, this installation has the potential to render absence noticeable and to render emptiness tangible

In the Japanese language Ma is an “aesthetic principle meaning “emptiness” or “absence.”  It is the space between objects, the silence between sounds, or the stillness between movements.  The term describes both time and space, and is much more than a “lack” of something.  The emptiness is, in fact, a palpable entity¹”.

¹ Lanki, Colleen. “間: an aesthetic of space-time”, ricepaper magazine, 7 February 2013,間-an-aesthetic-of-space-time/

25.03.2023 – 06.05.2023

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