JOËLLE TUERLINCKX, X X, 1999 [le signe d’une croix ‘X’]

diameter 14,8 cm
2 parts, felt pen on glass
signed, dated
sample number 1, certificate (27,5 x 21,5 cm) with instructions
provenance: The Kersten van Steenbergen Collection and acquired from Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
inv.JTue 000-pr
€ 1.850,- plus € 12,- Track & Trace registered EU mail


The work ‘X X’ is a series of glass discs that each time is produced on demand, or is for whatever reason by the artist. This sign of a cross “X” is drawn by hand with felt pen, made in duplo on two discs of glass and put on top of each other. This sample is the basis for reproduction of a series of unlimited pairs of discs and seen as such this piece is unique. For display Joëlle Tuerlinckx suggests in the accompanying certificate to use a furniture piece, a desk, a window sill, to hold it in one’s hand or to put it on a shelf. The two discs are shown on top of each other with the crosses not necessarily perfectly fitting, i.e. all positions are right. Right at the top of he certificate it is emphasized by Tuerlinckx that each cross is unique; ‘…considering the manual process of reproduction by hand’.

The work of Joëlle Tuerlinckx should be considered as Fundamental art. Through exhibition interventions she aims to demonstrate how the place in which things are seen shapes our perception of them. It incorporates projections, audio recordings, videos, drawings, collages, photographs, found and crafted objects, and her own writings. She says: ‘An exhibition is an experience of space that proposes action, or reaction, as a means of reflection, of thinking on our human condition…’.

This copy is the basic model for making “X X” in an unlimited edition. This is most likely the only copy from the planned series of unique works, as no second copy has ever been shown or published anywhere.