Fred Eerdekens (1951) is one of Belgium's most renowned contemporary visual artists. His body of work is mainly based on texts written himself, from which he builds his pieces. In this process of creation, he contemplates language, matter, light, and shadow. He often creates a network of opposites regarding the contents of the piece. His sculptures cannot be understood without the his written word, and the importance of light and shadow that turn the pieces into a poetic element.
Many of Eerdekens’ works are thought of as both sculpture and an installation. In addition to inhabiting the space in its volumetric conception, they also inhabit space from the immateriality of what the work projects and reveals through light. His work creates a surreal game, in which things appear to be one, but they, in fact, exist in many forms. Here, semantics unfold and a conceptual game appears.
Eerdekens' works have been exhibited in numerous individual and group exhibitions throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia, as well as in private and public institutions such as the Musée d'Art Moderne in Brussels, the Musée Stedelijk inAmsterdam, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Strasbourg, the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. His work is also part of many prestigious private and public collections such as The Norton Collection, FRAC Languedoc Roussillon, Museo d'Arte Moderna in Bolzano, Banque Nationale de Belgique in Brussels, and the Musée d’Art Contemporain d'Anvers, among others.
The invention of the metaphor, 2013