Art in The Hinge
Guido Geelen is interested in everyday artefacts, transforming them into objects which allude ironically to Dutch prosperity. His work is characterised by the sumptuous aesthetic of the Baroque era. The artificial beauty of the works is deliberately distinguished from its natural counterpart, by surfaces rendered in gold and silver or featuring motifs from delftware tiles. The underlying concept of his work is an orbis pictus of the civilised world. His installation for the European Patent Office is a symbolic commentary on communication: 26 hands, made of cast aluminium, form the letters of the hand alphabet. As is often the case with his cast sculptures, the artist has allowed traces of the production process to remain as part of the artistic form. The work is installed on the way to the Conference Centre, the focus of communication at the Office.