Access Now: Hans Op de Beeck at Intersect Chicago (SOFA EXPO)

Intersect Chicago Online Fair
Featuring the work of Hans Op de Beeck
Sunday 6 November – Thursday 12 November 2020





Galerie Ron Mandos is delighted to announce its participation during Intersect Chicago, presenting an online solo booth with a selection of sculptural work by Hans Op de Beeck. Work by the Belgian artist is at the same time part of the online presentation The Desire for Transparency: Contemporary Artists Working with Glass, curated by Paul Laster and Renée Riccardo.

Known for his large installations, Hans Op de Beeck is a skilled sculptor whose desaturated figures often find their way into his immersive experiences. His life-size monochromatic sculptures often depict children in states of play, wonder, and reflection, helping build a multi-sensory experience for the viewer. Op de Beeck’s sculptures are typically created from polyester, wood, and pigmented plaster. The lifelike figures are striking for their lack of color, which allows viewers to focus on the form and emotional impact of the sculpture without distraction. The artist’s sculptures are sometimes presented singularly, while at other times they are woven into his immersive art installations.

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.