LOOP Art Fair Barcelona
Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents: Hans Op de Beeck - The Girl
HANS OP DE BEECK (BE, 1969) produces large installations, sculptures, lms, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a re ection 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 ction that delivers a moment of wonder, silence and introspection.
ON SHOW The Girl, Animation lm, 16’00”, Full HD, colour, sound, Edition of 10 + 2 AP, 2017 The Girl is a slow, suggestive, perception-oriented animated lm in which the viewer is transported to the strange world of a silent, 14-year-old girl. The dreamy landscape images show a dark forest, a vast land ll, a gas station, a highway landscape, a meadow, a factory site and a mysterious lake. Amidst all this stands an old caravan. The scene seems to suggest that the protagonist leads a lonely life on these premises. For a further unspeci ed reason, she must at one time have left her parental home, which is presented to us at the beginning of the lm, both in perfect condition, and later in a neglected, abandoned state. In a variety of different landscapes, we see the girl perform small acts such as gather usable waste or pick herbs. We often get to see her cargo bike; the vehicle she uses to gather the bare necessities in order to survive. Nighttime, breaking dawn, wind, rain, fog, cold and warming re are present throughout the lm. Occasionally, we get to see the girl – resting serenely – from up close, as if we were right beside her, and could feel her breath. At the end of the lm we understand that she is resting on a raft in the lake, oating, passive, as a metaphor for surrender. An original soundtrack for the lm was composed by Tom Pintens, on a text by the artist.
Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout in 1969. He lives and works in Brussels and Gooik, Belgium. He has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world. The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C.), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (Wolfsburg), GEM Museum of Contemporary Art (The Hague), MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art (Antwerp), Kunstverein Hannover, Tampa Museum of Art (Tampa) and Sammlung Goetz (Munich). His work has been invited for the Venice Biennale, the Shanghai Biennale, the Aichi Triennale, the Singapore Biennale, Tate Modern, London; amongst many others.
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