Adrien Tirtiaux (1980) lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.
Adrien Tirtiaux studied sculpture (1980, Brussels) and performance at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna after he studied architecture.
From this background as an architect, he retained the most important components, namely the material, the construction process and certain references on which his work is based. Since 2005 his interventions, in buildings or in public space, revolve around one constant: redefining space. He calls them "contextual works". Experiencing the space - its history, location, features and layout, its light and its use, but also the socio-political structures that underlie it - determines the design of a project, its implementation and reception.
(Catherine Mayeur, 2018)
The architectural sculptures of Adrien Tirtiaux often dismantle the sociocultural and political stories that surround them. He adds layers and possible readings and likes to push the limits of architecture by removing the components which make the construction look evident. His approach is often poetic and ironic.