A Belgian installation artist, Koenraad Dedobbeleer creates sculptures, objects, in-situ installations and photographs teeming with associations, tongue-in-cheek commentaries and art historical references. Using everyday objects, he modifies and recontextualizes them through methods such as deconstruction and manipulation.
Born in 1975 in Halle, Belgium, Dedobbeleer currently lives and works in Brussels. He has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; and Kunsthalle Bern. His work has been shown in several group exhibitions at venues such as Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; S.M.A.K., Ghent; WIELS, Brussels; and M HKA, Antwerp. Dedobbeleer also took part in the Biennal in Brno in 2014 and Porto Alegre in 2013. Moreover, he has curated exhibitions himself, among others, at Galerie Micheline Szwajcer and at MuZEE Ostende. He also publishes UP, a fanzine focusing on interesting architectures, together with Kris Krimpe since 2006. He is an author of a book Based Less on Substance Than on Profit: Works by Koenraad Dedobbeleer in Various Collections.
Basing his practice on everyday objects and spaces, he transforms them into presentations which he describes as the act “of offering or proposing something that is deliberately open and available”. Constantly exploring sculpture, design, architecture and systems of display, he investigates how value is ascribed to certain materials and practices. His works are always imbued with a lightness of touch or understated sense of humor.
Featured image: Koenraad Dedobbeleer - Transgression Has its Entire Space in the Line it Crosses, 2018. Laminated plywood. 23 3/5 × 18 9/10 × 74 4/5 in. 60 × 48 × 190 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Mai 36 Galerie