When the Lights Go Out

When the Lights Go Out

Marleen Sleeuwits

solo presentation

16.12.2023 06.01.2024

On Saturday 16 December, fourteen galleries in Amsterdam jointly open the first edition of When the Lights Go Out, each showcasing a light installation which can be visible from outside. At Galerie Bart, you will get to admire Interior no. 61 by Marleen Sleeuwits.

Marleen Sleeuwits has an eye for the disconcerting quality of seemingly mundane, everyday spaces. Her practice gradually evolved from photographing these spaces to intervening in them.
In 2019, Marleen participated in the exhibition ‘Mind the Gap’ in the Museum für Konkrete Kunst in Ingolstadt (DE). It was the rhythm of the lighting, specifically the endless repetition of fluorescent tubes, that stood out in this space. These formed the basis for her installation, which became a narrow and brightly painted hallway, exaggerating and distorting the rhythmic lighting. Her false walls don’t touch the ceiling, to leave room for the imagination: where does the installation end and the museum space begin?
As always, Marleen’s temporary installation is eternalized in photographs. For the works in this series, she has decided to cut out the fluorescent tubes of the prints and present them in light boxes. She tries to recreate the three-dimensionality and luminescent character of the installation. The result is a mix of realities in which architecture, installation, and light boxes effortlessly blend into one another.

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16.12.23  / 18.00 – 20.00: Opening When the Lights Go out.

You are most welcome to join us for the festive opening on 16 December 18.00 at Elandsgracht 16 for a glass of glühwein!

When the Lights Go Out