Art in Focus: The Secret Place by Hans Op de Beeck

We are excited to present a new Art in Focus Video with Hans Op de Beeck. Here the artist talks about his watercolor ‘The Secret Place’ which is featured in the exhibition ‘Works on Paper‘, now on view at Galerie Ron Mandos.⁠

In ‘The Secret Place’ (2022), we see a young girl in a rowboat. Her determined, cryptic gaze speaks volumes as she floats towards a dark place: a densely wooded labyrinth of bare tree trunks. Each boat, canoe, or raft in Op de Beeck’s work is a motif he associates with both decisiveness and surrender to fate.⁠

Video by Jaar & Dag Media

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.