Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck (previously) creates dream-like installations that exist between what is real and imagined. The figural works represent realistic worlds that have been shifted slightly with their gray, monochrome appearance. In his new work My bed a raft, the room the sea and then I laughed some gloom in me, he depicts a girl fast asleep on a wooden raft with a book draped across her lap and a butterfly perched on her pillow. The raft is placed on a circular pedestal with a glassy finish that imitates a calm pond doted with floating lily pads. Created in the round, the piece invites the viewer to view it at all angles, allowing a silent observation of the sleeping child’s dreams.
My bed a raft, the room the sea and then I laughed some gloom in me is included in his current solo exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York through April 6, 2019 alongside a new film titled Staging Silence (3). You can view more of his figural sculptures and installations on his website and Instagram.
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