Hans Op de Beeck
Visual artist Hans Op de Beeck lives and works in Brussels. Thematically, the work concentrates on our laborious and problematic relationship with time, space and each other. Op de Beeck shows the viewer non-existent, but identifiable places, moments and characters that appear to have been taken from contemporary everyday life, aiming thereby to capture in his images the tragicomic absurdity of our postmodern existence. His work has been presented nationally and internationally for more than 15 years.
In the exhibition Future Fictions (05.10.2014-04.01.2015) Op de Beeck's presents the video 'Staging Silence (2)' (2013).
In the exhibition Alter Nature: We Can (21.11.2010-13.03.2011) Hans Op de Beeck's presented the artwork ‘Secret Garden’ te zien:
‘Secret Garden’, Op de Beeck’s tragicomic representation of what the viewer will recognise as a city garden, will be on show during the exhibition Alter Nature: We Can (21.11.2010-13.03.2011). This artificial garden can be seen as at once poetic and absurd.
" 'Secret Garden' is an achrome, life-sized sculptural installation that derives from Op de Beeck's artistic research in the period 2001–2003, where one of his subjects was the humanization and domestication of nature. These works, expressed in diverse media such as narrative film ('My brother's gardens', 2003), animated film ('Gardening' 2001), and sculptures (such as 'Pond', 2003), all deal with the awkward way we try to tame and organize the clearing. Both indoors and outdoors, we like to stage our surroundings in order to evoke a safe, little paradise for ourselves." – Hans op de Beeck