Pond (2003) is part of a series of works, in which one of his subjects focused on the humanisation and domestication of nature. These works, expressed in diverse media such as narrative film (My Brother's Gardens, 2003), animated film (Gardening, 2001), and sculptures (Pond, 2003), all deal with the awkward way in which we try to tame and organise the natural expanse. Both indoors and outdoors, we like to organise our surroundings in order to create a small and safe paradise for ourselves.
Pond (2003) depicts a pond with lilies. By depicting it entirely in shades of gray, a form of alienation emerges. The interplay of recognition and alienation is often found in the work of Hans Op de Beeck.
Hans Op de Beeck creates large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His oeuvre deals, among other things, with our difficult and problematic relationship with time, space and each other.
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