“Each scene has its own droll, tactile beauty — for instance, one scene features a cemetery built out of bonbons and broccoli — but the whimsical fantasia of the film’s set changes constitutes its emotional and intellectual core. In it, time inches along, uneventful, then undergoes periods of rapid and startling change.”— Louis Bury | Hyperallergic, 17 April 2019
Hans Op de Beeck | Staging Silence (3) (2019)
Staging Silence (3) , 2019 | Full HD video stereo sound black and white | 44 min
Hans Op de Beeck
Staging Silence (3)
Defying any linear progression or direct narrative, Staging Silence (3) offers instead a meditation on the complicated and layered relationships between humanity, nature, and our self-created and imposed societies. For Op de Beeck, the Staging Silence films serve in particular as an opportunity to examine the humanization of open spaces and our instinctual drive to derive meaning in and from our physical environments and in the structures of our lives. For Staging Silence (3), Op de Beeck has paid special attention to the minute details of his scenes, infusing them with subtle references to cultural happenings and other works from across his diverse oeuvre. In this way, Op de Beeck utilizes a simple framework to raise universal questions about identity, reality, and humanity’s capacity for both creation and destruction, finding a delicate balance between the serious and the playful, between the banal and extraordinary.
About the artist
Visual artist Hans Op de Beeck lives and works in Brussels, where he has developed his career through international exhibitions over the past twenty years. His work consists of sculptures, installations, video work, photography, animated films, drawings, paintings and writing (short stories). It is his quest for the most effective way of presenting the concrete contents of each work that determines the medium that the artist ultimately selects. The scale can vary from the size of a small watercolour to a large, three-dimensional installation of 600m2.