Hans Verhaegen
Since 2005
Works in Brussels Belgium

Hans Verhaegen (°1966, Ghent) studied graphical arts at the Royal Academy of Ghent (KASK) and Art History at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Since 1994 he is invited regularly for group and solo exhibitions.
His earlier work consists of figurative oil paintings, drawings, wall paintings and miniature collages but also posters, postcards, book covers and frontpages of imaginary magazines.
Hans Verhaegen's work is furthermore characterized by a number of eye-catching installations such as 'Ronker' (1996), 'De Zeyp' (1997), 'Atelier 255' (1999) and 'The Milky Way' (2000). The surprising '128 people' (2003) was the first of a recent series of digital animations. All animations are inhabited by the same icon-like, human figures. Man is the central topic, but is also the result of assembling parts in a computer program. in 2009 he won with '128 people' the award of the public at the Fotomuseum in Antwerpen, Belgium. Hans Verhaegen lives and works in Brussels.

A brush, a pencil or some code in a computer program, all allow him to draw and compose artworks.
His hybrid art oscillates between the screen, the canvas and the exhibition space. A computer animation can be presented as a standalone installation or might be used to produce new work on paper produced in small editions and available for sale.

More about Hans Verhaegen: http://www.hansup.be/about/
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The Rematerialization of Art

Funny to see already a lot of discussion and critique on a show that nobody saw yet. So even if all the ideas expressed here are very interesting, please let's first visit the actual show and then I am sure people will be forced to review their opinion.

I am living and working in Brussels. Here in Europe (and especially in Brussels) we need exhibitions like 'Holy Fire' very badly. I just visited ARTBrussels. My personal favourite work was one by Alexei Shulgin (a version of 'Media Mirror' 2006), the only 'NMA' work around...

And I guess I do both: painting and coding. Of course the most important thing in a piece of art is the content, what is communicated, the experience, the interaction, etc... But the material also plays a very important role. Paint is paint and code is code. So yes, keep the name 'New media Art" like we still need to use 'painting'. Those words contain important information about the artwork.
Doing paintings and meanwhile coding almost the same kind of visuals, is a very revealing experience. The capabilities of my brain and hands playing with paint are rather different then those of my computer and various output devices playing with code. The result can be the same or almost the same. Still the material always has an influence on the message. Some new ideas are born out of the use of new media. Often old ideas are reborn out of the use of new media.
New media is also just what it is: new media to create art. The same art we have been creating with old media. So in this way not a big deal. Girls and boys with new toys playing the same games.

Tonight is opening night in Brussels. I hope to experience a great show.