Hans Op de Beeck: My Brother's Gardens

1 March 2003 - 1 April 2003

Hales Gallery, London, UK

Hales Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo show in the U.K of Brussels based artist Hans Op de Beeck.

‘My Brother’s Gardens’, is a new body of work showing at Hales Gallery and Xavier Hufkens (Brussels). The work had its starting point from Op de Beeck’s short novella, published in 2001 in DWB, a Flemish-Dutch literature magazine, titled ‘My Brother’s Gardens’. The show is comprised of sculptural installations, pencil drawings and a new video, which includes animated drawings.

The 35-minute video work, an adaptation of the short novella, is Hans Op de Beeck’s first narrative video piece. The characters tell a story about the relation between three brothers, two twin brothers and a third, autistic brother. The work reflects the unfinished quest of the creative individual and the gap between reality and escapism. The sculptures and pencil drawings follow this idea and seek to highlight self-created nature, which becomes an artificial, humanised version of reality.

Hans Op de Beeck created the video and most of the other works in New York City, where over 2002/03 he is living and working as a participant in the P.S.1 studio programme.

Hans Op de Beeck studied at the Rijkakademie (1998-1999). He has recently been included in ‘Rijkakademie’ at Victoria Miro Gallery, which brought together a selection of artists who graduated from the Rijkakademie over the last decade. He has also been included in shows at the Fondazione Pistoletto/Cittadellarte, Biella, BIG Torino 2002 - International Biennial of Young Art, Turin, and 'Other than film' at Tent, International Film Festival of Rotterdam.