In his work, Koen Vanderstukken forever searches for the intrinsic differences between personal perception and reality, continuously investigating the duality between reality and appearances.
We cannot rely upon our emotions, nor upon our limiting rationality, but at the same time, we have no other choice but to rely upon both. This constant contradiction, with at it’s core a positive scepticism and a distrust of human experiences, forces us to certain restraints.
As a result, Koen’s work does not want to give any answers. It is unpretentious and inspires to question the appearance or reality of rationality and emotions. It makes us stop and brings to our attention the ever growing complexity of our human existence, but even more so, the enormous depth and richness that is hidden within it.
Koen Vanderstukken is a renowned sculptor and educator. His work has been exhibited in major centres around the world, from Amsterdam, Paris, Prague and Venice to New York, Chicago and Montreal. He ran his own studio in Niel, Belgium from 1990 to 2006 and his glass can be found in many museum and private collections, as well as significant public commissions. Koen has offered workshops and master classes in Europe and North America, in addition to teaching for ten years at the State Institute of Art and Crafts in Mechelen, Belgium. Since 2006 he’s been a professor and the studio head of the glass department at Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada.
In October 2016, Koen Vanderstukken launched a book titled: GLASS Virtual, Real. It is a unique publication that explores the increasing use of glass in contemporary art as a relatively new artistic medium in the broader context of art history. It is based on 8 years of research, counts 288 pages, contains 240 images and is published by London-based Black Dog Publishing.