HANS OP DE BEECK 'Small Things and Soothing Thoughts'


Small Things and Soothing Thoughts it’s a solo show by Hans Op de Beeck, a prominent figure on the international art scene. The news can be fairly shocking, as demonstrated by the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, where Hans Op de Beeck has his studio. However, the artist believes that artistic creation and the sharing of it with the public can be, in its own small way, of comfort and solace. In what is his fifth solo show at Galleria Continua, the artist takes viewers through a succession of peaceful places where they encounter life-size sculptural figures in monochrome grey. All the figures have their eyes shut, as if lost in a quiet moment of introspection, in silence, waiting.
Among these silent, serene figures are some round tables: carved, apparently fluttering table cloths, with still lifes of small knick-knacks and trinkets; contemporary memento mori in which sculptures of drinking cups and pizza boxes lie alongside more classic vanitas objects such as candlesticks with unlit candles, open books or empty glasses, forming a singular whole.
The life-size human figures in monochrome grey, the still lifes, the animals, the natural elements and the small stage furnishings of this exhibition look as if they are petrified; frozen in time like life in Pompeii.
And so even the most banal of objects becomes something special, with any child or adult becoming the moving symbol of the universally human. With this silent exhibition, the artist’s aim is to create a moment of rest and also, without doubt, of consolation.
Hans Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout, Belgium, in 1969, and lives and works in Brussels. He has shown his work in many solo and group shows around the world.

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