Hans Op de Beeck

Hans Op de Beeck (BE, 1969) produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs, and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it. The sculpture Dancer (2019) is based on Op de Beeck’s movie Sea of Tranquillity (2010), in which a most colorfully dressed Brazilian dancer is sitting on a chair, exhausted, as if sitting in a silent void. She is detached from the circus of spotlights and glamour, almost clumsily lost in a moment of reflection or doubt, in-between performances.

Detail shots of Dancer

Dancer, 2019 | Polyester, steel, coating | 110,5 x 110 x 146 cm

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Nightscape

Nightscape matches the mood of the animated video Night Time (2015). A similar image of a nocturnal amusement park was used in a watercolor, which is also part of Night Time, the large book of watercolors that was published last year. However, the image of the print edition is not an existing watercolor but was created by Hans Op de Beeck especially for this edition.

Night Time is conceived as a mysterious dream in which proportions, perspectives and environments are all fictitious. Intimate close-ups segue into panoramic images and vive versa, each image manifests a meticulously crafted construction. Classic and distinctly contemporary subjects follow one another: the dream, the sleep, the underworld, the exploding postmodern metropolis, a nocturnal amusement park, sexuality, tattoo culture, refined traditions of dress, rituals, ageing, partying, death… The film is a mix of both the highly cultivated and the raw subcultural.

Nightscape, 2021 | Hahnemülhe Museum Etching | 65,3 x 110 cm

Hans Op de Beeck

About the artist

Hans Op de Beeck produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it. He regards man as a being who stages the world around him in a tragi-comic way. Above all, Op de Beeck is keen to stimulate the viewers’ senses, and invite them to really experience the image. He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder and silence.

Over the past twenty years Op de Beeck realised numerous monumental ‘sensorial’ installations, in which he evoked what he describes as ‘visual fictions’: tactile deserted spaces as an empty set for the viewer to walk through or sit down in, sculpted havens for introspection. In many of his films though, in contrast with those depopulated spaces, he prominently depicts anonymous characters.

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ABOUT Hans Op de Beeck

Hans Op de Beeck was born in 1969 in Turnhout, Belgium. He lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.

Hans Op de Beeck produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it. He regards man as a being who stages the world around him in a tragi-comic way. Above all, Op de Beeck is keen to stimulate the viewers’ senses, and invite them to really experience the image. He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder and silence.

Over the past twenty years Op de Beeck realized numerous monumental ‘sensorial’ installations, in which he evoked what he describes as ‘visual fictions’: tactile deserted spaces as an empty set for the viewer to walk through or sit down in, sculpted havens for introspection. In many of his films though, in contrast with those depopulated spaces, he prominently depicts anonymous characters.

Hans Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout in 1969. He lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Op de Beeck has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world.

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