Hans Op de Beeck (b1969, Turnhout, Belgium) is a visual artist working across a variety of mediums. Danse Macbre, his sculptural installation for this year’s Triennial Bruges, which takes the theme of TraumA, is a life-size, monochromatic grey carousel, being ridden by skeletons, and standing in the shadow of the baroque facade of St Walburga church. With a very busy year ahead – partly as a result of postponements due to Covid – Op de Beeck is working simultaneously on an opera, a number of major institutional exhibitions and an enormous immersive installation for the Lyon Biennale 2022.
Amid all this preparation, Op de Beeck spoke to Studio International via Zoom about his special-formula grey paint, the absurd tragicomedy of the carousel, the importance of revealing all elements of construction in a work, and the therapeutic or cathartic effect of making art.
Read the full interview here