Hans Op de Beeck
Hans Op de Beeck (1969) is a Belgian visual artist whose work includes sculpture, installation, video work and photography. He has been active in the international art scene since the late 90s, and in 2001 won the Young Belgian Painters Award.
Op de Beeck’s work revolves around our relationship with time, space and one another. His work often hints at the tragicomic absurdity of our postmodern society, with key themes focusing on the impact of developments in media, automation and technology on the world around us.
‘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