HANS OP DE BEECK (BE, 1969) produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it. 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 fiction that delivers a moment of wonder, silence and introspection.. At Art Brussels he presents work form his Vanitas series; sculptures based on a modern day “vanitas” staging.
He lives and works in Brussels and Gooik, Belgium. Op de Beeck has shown his work at the GEM Museum of Contemporary Art of The Hague, The Hague, MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, Kunstmuseum Thun, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Kunstverein Hannover, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FRAC Paca, Marseille, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Boston, MOCA Cleveland, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Venice Biennale, the Shanghai Biennale, the Aichi Triennale, Aichi, the Singapore Biennale, Art Summer University, Tate Modern in London, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and many more.
IVAN GRUBANOV (SRB,1976), was a former resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and the Delfina Studios in London. Last year he represented Serbia at the 56th La Biennale di Venezia with his United Dead Nations installation for which he carried through his researched on the notion of nation. Growing up in Serbia made Grubanov highly aware of the consequences and impact of a disintegrated state. His work examines and questions the notion of nation in abstract painting and installation. He constantly tries to innovate the medium of painting by using unconventional materials and Being born himself in a country with such a turbulent past, he became intrigued by the articulation of historical memory against contemporary conditions.
His work was a.o. shown at 56th La Biennale di Venezia, Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Stroom Center for Contemporary Art in Den Haag, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Witte de With in Rotterdam, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, the 1stThessaloniki Biennial, Stedelijk Museum, De Appel in Amsterdam, the Drawing Center and Apex Art in New York, City Gallery in Prague, the 50th Belgrade October Salon, Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana, the 3rd Tirana Biennial, the 3rd Biennial of Quebec and Kunsthalle Bern.
Image: Ivan Grubanov, SMOKE NATION SCREEN - Ordem et Progresso, oil and smoke on embroidered canvas, 120 x 100 cm, 2015
INTI HERNANDEZ (1976, CU) divides his time between his home country Cuba and Amsterdam. Hernandez sees art as a medium to create conversation and dialogue. The very nature of his work embodies collaboration. He always tries to explore the meaning of his works by triggering a form of reflection from those who engage with his work. Architecture and industrial design, both disciplines very much interconnected with daily life, are ever-present in Hernandez’ works. His handmade wooden sculptures often resemble architecture models or miniature scale surroundings, which he also brings to life in real-life installations in public space. At Art Brussels, Hernandez will present his latest, handmade wooden sculptures.
In former years his work was a.o. shown at de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam, Art Basel Miami, The Havana Biennial and the Gasworks Studios in London, Ludwig Foundation, Havana, Casado Santapau gallery, Madrid and Rainhart gallery, Brussels.
ISAAC JULIEN (UK, 1960) works and lives in London, at Art Brussels he will show photo’s from his latest work Stones Against Diamonds. Stones Against Diamonds was recently presented as a video installation at this years Venice Biennale and Art Basel, the work draws inspiration from a letter written by Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, and examines themes within her letter, where she praises the beauty of natural elements over preferred precious stones. The work was filmed in the remote region of Iceland, using the breathtaking scenery of ice caves as a set for the film. Julien portrays some of the most beautiful objects as the least precious in a conventional sense. The shoot took place over five days with the crew enduring sub-zero temperatures in the heart of glacial caves, which are accessible for only a few days a year. Signature elements of Bo Bardi’s work have been incorporated into Julien’s work, creating an exhilarating combination of aesthetically images within the framework of modernist thinking.
Julien was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001. In previous years his work was shown a.o. at the Whitney Museum in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Serpentine Gallery in London, Guggenheim Bilbao, L’Atelier Hermès in Seoul and Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Modern, Guggenheim Collection, the National Museum of Norway, Goetz Collection and the Louis Vuitton Art Foundation.
RENIE SPOELSTRA (NL, 1974) strives with her grand charcoal drawings for intentional apathy; hours and days pass in a flash, every moment frozen in time and every moment the same. The last six months Spoelstra has worked on her new series ‘Stretching Universe, part…’ . For which she connects cinematic characteristics and “authentic” landscapes of breath taking nature. The panoramic format of the work (205x240cm), its title (Part 1, 2 etc.) and the chosen camera angle, are inter alia related to cinema. By choosing these characteristics she creates a film disguised in a single drawing. ‘Stretching Universe’ refers to the scientific fact that our universe is expanding, while at the same time people on earth have become less tolerant towards each other and in this respect the world thus seems to be shrinking due to narrow-mindedness.
Renie Spoelstra’s work was a.o. shown at Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Centre Pompidou in Paris, ARCO in Madrid, Louis Dreyfus Family Collection, Witte de With in Rotterdam, Teylers Museum in Haarlem and the Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.
LEVI VAN VELUW (NL, 1985) produces multi-disciplinary works that include photographs, videos, sculptures, installations and drawings. At Art Brussels Van Veluw will present his project The Collapse of Cohesion. For this comprehensible project, Van Veluw went through different artistic stages that eventually led him to a real size accessible installation, which will be shown for the first time at the SOLO section of the fair. The role of every discipline and their sequential order in the series has particular meaning. Just like with all of his other projects the starting point for The Collapse of Cohesion were his distinctive charcoal drawings. Followed by a photo series based on the drawings. The photographs and drawings have been replicated life-size in wood and became the setting for a video. Collapse of Cohesion is about the affect of forces of nature on human structures and plays with our fascination for destruction.
Van Veluw’s varied body of work has been showcased in many different locations across Europe and the United States, earning him a number of nominations and awards. His works where a.o. shown at The Bass Museum of Art in Miami, Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City, Design Museum, London, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., in the Denver Theatre District, at La Virreina Centre de la Imatge in Barcelona and in the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis.