Koenraad Dedobbeleer was born in 1975 in Halle (Belgium). He is currently living and working in Brussels.
Dedobbeleer is known for his sculptures and installations in which everyday objects (such as lamp, key holder, door knob, or plant pot) are modified, assembled, and recontextualized with a distinctive tongue-in-cheek – and at times even burlesque – spirit. Adorned with absurd (randomly chosen) titles, his works can be seen as joyful collisions of language and matter. Yet, this approach is not merely an act of formal entertainment. Nourished by an in-depth knowledge of art history and (seemingly) inexhaustible technical resources, the artist’s work establishes an ongoing dialogue with a broader tradition of sculpture, including its relation to architecture, industrial design, DIY culture, images, and book making. The purpose of this ambitious endeavor seems to be an exploration of objecthood, of what being an object could mean.
Koenraad Deddobbeleer’s work has been widely exhibited in institutional venues such as WIELS (Brussels, Belgium); Kunstmuseum Winterthur (Winterthur, Switzerland); Kunstverein Hannover (Hannover, Germany); MMOMA (Moscow, Russia); Liverpool Biennial (Liverpool, United Kingdom); Extra City (Antwerp, Belgium); Credac (Paris, France); De Vleeshal (Middelburg, The Netherlands); Bienal do Mercosul (Porto Alegre, Brazil); Culturgest (Lisbon, Portugal); and Museum Abteiberg (Mönchengladbach, Germany).
His work is represented by C L E A R I N G (Brussels, Los Angeles, New York), Mai 36 Galerie (Zurich), Maniera Galerie (Brussels), and ProjectSD (Barcelona).