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© Courtesy of the artist & Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Black Box

Independence Ave. @ Seventh St. SW
20013-7012 Washington
DC
US
December 6th, 2010 - March 27th, 2011

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://hirshhorn.si.edu
COUNTRY:  
United States
EMAIL:  
hmsginquiries@si.edu
PHONE:  
202-633-1000
OPEN HOURS:  
Daily 10-5:30 (except Dec 25); Plaza open 7:30-5:30
TAGS:  
video-art

DESCRIPTION

The work of Hans Op de Beeck (Belgian, b. Turnhout, 1969) encompasses sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, photography, video animated film, and short story writing. In each chilly setting of Staging Silence, 2009, initial perceptions of the scene are disrupted by lighting effects and the intrusion of human hands that tinker with elements of the handmade scenery, which quickly transforms from the real to the surreal.

Op de Beeck's dreamlike black-and-white scenes evoke vintage film, taking on the playfulness of slapstick and the suspense of film noir. Drawn from his memories of archetypal spaces, the images are, according to the artist, "both ridiculous and serious, like the electic mix of pictures in people's minds." As each scenario unfolds, accompanied by Serge Lacroix's score, the artist's magical world induces a sense of wonder and poetry.
Support for the Black Box program is provided in part by Lawrence Cohen/Ringler Associates.
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