Joachim Beens is a contemporary visual artist based in Antwerp, Belgium.

STATEMENTAL

«.. and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it.»
Suárez Miranda, Viajes de varones prudentes, Libro IV, Cap. XLV, Lérida, 1658

An execution of a succession of intuitive ideas, that revolve around virtuality, video games, simulation, art tradition, the character of the image, materiality, science aesthetics and pseudo-science expression; in different mediums; to be presented as a randomized string of visualized concepts that becomes an abstract and obscure narrative.

The nature and construction of virtual imagery, and how it relates to, and can communicate ideas about reality, is the main focus of my practice is the subject of my works.

The simulation of light and volume on the flat surface bridges the mediums of painting and CGI (computer graphics imagery), and suggests interesting parallels between their history, methods and techniques.

In my paintings, this representation is opposed to the natural properties of the medium.
The frame of the painting-as-window is often moved around in this virtual world, and adapted to the model it imitates: it then becomes a painting-as-object. The picture plane, inherently flat, can be bend in three-dimensional space. At other times it acts more like a texture map: a registration of a surface, stretched over a 3d model.
Through experimentation with the materiality and tactility, both real and virtual, along with different levels of abstraction, layering, revision, and destruction, the interpretation of the paintings shifts depending on the distance to the observer.
The materials portrayed are usually classical, cliché, timeless and/or universal. Besides this being the result of my inclination towards elementary structures, their generalness improves the readability of the artworks.

Through 3d animations and machinima, I address additional aspects of virtuality, such as artificial intelligence, the uncanny, its fundamental immateriality, and the void of digital 3d space. Compared to my other works, these videos are more erratic and anecdotal in nature.

EDUCATION

MFA (painting) St Lucas University College of Art & Design Antwerp (BE)
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯ Painting KASKA, Royal Academy of Arts Antwerp (BE)
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯ Visual arts CABK Art academy Zwolle (NL)

Prices and availability of works on request.


EXHIBITIONS (selection)

TRANSFER mariondecannière Antwerp 18/03 - 30/06 2018
Out of the Blue Display (Greylight Projects) Hoensbroek 25/01 - 26/02 2017
Please Let Me Die Already KVIT gallery Copenhagen 14 - 16/10 2016
BYOB Kop VZW Antwerp 17/08 2016
RHEA Van Gogh museum Amsterdam 18/12 2015
De Gemene Deler/The Common Denominator Hole of the Fox Antwerp 30/01-15/02 2015
Correction Lines (part of Secondary Narratives) Several locations Berlin 22/08-28/09 2014
If It Fits In It Goes On Poppositions Brussels 24-27/04 2014
Have You Seen This Exhibition? Kunstvlaai Amsterdam 21-25/05 2014
Mutatis Mutandis mariondecannière art space Antwerp 21/06-19/07 2014
What Do You Mean What Does It Mean Extra City kunsthal Antwerp 12 2013
IN-TER-UH-GEY-SHUH N Sint Lucas University Antwerp 3 2013
Language is not Transparent Objectif Exhibitions Antwerp 2 2013
Colabs #2 HEDAH centre for contemporary art Maastricht 11 2012
TRANSFER mariondecannière Antwerp 14-16/10 2018
Out of the Blue Display (Greylight Projects) Hoensbroek 25/01-26/02 2017
Please Let Me Die Already KVIT gallery Copenhagen 14-16/10 2016
BYOB Kop VZW Antwerp 17/08 2016
Artisj Monty Kultuurfaktorij Antwerp 06-08/05 2016
RHEA Van Gogh museum Amsterdam 18/12 2015
The Common Denominator Hole of the Fox Antwerp 30/01-15/02 2015
Correction Lines Several locations Berlin 22/08-28/09 2014
..Reconstructional Inefficiency.. Central Station Antwerp 11/04-11/05 2014
If It Fits In It Goes On Poppositions Brussels 24-27/04 2014
Have You Seen This Exhibition? Kunstvlaai Amsterdam 21-25/05 2014
Mutatis Mutandis mariondecannière art space Antwerp 21/06-19/07 2014
What Do You Mean What Does It Mean Extra City kunsthal Antwerp 12 2013
The Animated GIF Show gallerygallery.be internet ever since 2013
IN-TER-UH-GEY-SHUH N Sint Lucas University Antwerp 3 2013
Language is not Transparent Objectif Exhibitions Antwerp 2 2013
Colabs #2 HEDAH centre for contemporary art Maastricht 11 2012
Eigengrau private property Antwerp 3 2012


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