• Once inside, Janssens hoped, the fog and shifting, colored light would give visitors an experience of dazzlement, excess, and the surpassing of limits. Photo by Kevin Todora, courtesy the Nasher.

The pavilion that stood in the Nasher Sculpture Center’s garden from January 23 to April 17 was the centerpiece of Dutch artist Ann Veronica Janssens’ first solo show in the U.S. Designed in collaboration with Dallas-based 5G Studio, the little structure was framed by the vaulted opening of the entry bay, a view usually occupied by an allée of trees leading out into the garden. Nestled against the live oaks and slightly off-kilter from the dominant visual axis, the pavilion emitted puffs of mist and a glow of shifting, colored light.

The crisp exterior gave way on the cube’s interior to a seemingly endless world of fog. Here, Janssens’ color play put the faculties of perception to the test. In the middle of the installation, the phantasmagoria of suspended hues blended in a disorienting mash. In the corners of the space, however, one could glimpse a more defined spectrum.

5G Studio designed the simple cube of prefab polycarbonate panels with an internal aluminum tube structure, allowing the exterior to read as a pure form without visible support. Inside, the colored fog made the structure invisible.

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