Hans Op de Beeck: Staging Silence (2)
Organized by Rose Bouthillier, Associate Curator
Toby Devan Lewis Gallery
June 27, 2014 — August 31, 2014
Hans Op de Beeck works with a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, video, photography, painting, and writing. Introducing strange elements to familiar characters and locations, Op de Beeck creates an uncertain sense of time and place. His still lifes, landscapes, and interiors explore how our vision of the world is shaped by a blend of genre, imagination, and memory. This exhibition presents Op de Beeck’s black-and-white video Staging Silence (2) (2013). Expanding on the intricacy of Staging Silence (2009), the work shows a series of miniature dioramas being seamlessly assembled. Only the hands and arms of the off-screen builders are visible, while their actions, and the settings they create, fade in and out of view. A snow-covered forest, modernist apartment, and futuristic cityscape, along with many other scenes, are created using everyday materials, dramatic lighting effects, and tricks of perspective. Watching the illusions take shape, viewers are pushed between material reality and shadowy, dreamlike environments, which call up mysterious stories.
Hans Op de Beeck (1969, Turnhout, Belgium) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the MIT List Visual Arts Center; Tampa Museum of Art, Florida; Kunstverein Hannover, Germany; The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania; and The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. In 2006 Op De Beeck was the Winner of the Prize Eugène Baie, and in 2001 he was awarded the prestigious Young Belgian Painters Award.
Hans Op de Beeck: Staging Silence (2) is made possible with the generous support of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.
The Summer Season is sponsored by Skylight Financial Group.
All 2014 Exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Leadership Circle gifts from the Britton Fund, Doreen and Dick Cahoon, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Margaret Fulton Mueller, Harriet and Victor Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.