STIJN COLE

Born in 1978 in Ghent (BE)
Lives and works in Ghent (BE)

The relation between the object and its surroundings is central in Stijn Cole’s work. Light, not the medium, is crucial here, since the way we experience color and form is to a great extent determined by the intensity of the light they are subjected to. Stijn Cole is constantly bringing this knowledge into play when creating his installations and other works. He always reduces his images to their purest essence. His choice of media is eclectic: there’s video as well as sculpture, painting and mixed media, photography, and graphics and besides abstract work, he also creates figurative art. And yet his oeuvre demonstrates great coherence.

In Stijn Cole’s universe, themes like time and landscape painting are endowed with a renewed beauty that translates into a contemporary version of impressionism. Each new series of Stijn Cole’s works is connected with a specific period, walk, or journey, which gives it an almost documentary quality. Stijn Cole describes his contribution as modest, just a filter he puts on reality. But with the utmost precision and subtlety, he challenges the viewer to take on an active role. In this manipulative game, he entices the viewer to engage in an experience of intensity, space, and shape that will time and time again prove to be surprising. His newest works increasingly take the shape of installations, landscapes created by Stijn Cole that the audience is invited to wander around in.

 


 

“Landscape painting is a well-established genre. Those who may be wondering whether mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, seas and forests still function as sources of inspiration to contemporary artists will undoubtedly respond with a resounding “yes” upon viewing Stijn Cole’s work (°1978, Ghent). Stijn Cole is a versatile artist, who is obsessed with the continuous flow of natural phenomena and its effect on human beings. Cole’s eclectic production of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and objects reveals his efforts to study and analyse this universal theme. Based on his choice of subject matter, we might be tempted to classify him as a ‘modern-day romantic’ or a ‘contemporary impressionist’, in the best tradition of a Kaspar David Friedrich or a Claude Monet – except for the fact that Cole is not so much interested in the landscape itself as in Colour, Light and Time, the conceptual elements that determine our experience of nature. Depending on the season and the time of day, the landscape takes on different hues from one minute to the next, depending on the intensity of the light it is catching at that exact moment. How do we perceive our natural environment? How is our perception influenced by external circumstances? And, on a more fundamental level, what is time? What is space? Rather than propagating formal beauty, Cole’s works are honing our viewing quality: we closely examine the real or unrealistic scale of objects, his chosen viewpoint, time frame, distance from the subject, the way he selects and frames his subject… The end result compels us to take a fresh look at light, at colour, at the landscape and at our experience of time.”
– Extract from the publication by Jo Coucke and Philippe Van Cauteren, Stijn Cole: Entre terre et mer, 2018


 

[READING LIST]

Selected press:

"Interview STIJN COLE", BPS22 Musée d'art de la Province de Hainaut, 2019
"Stijn Cole", Genk TV, 2020

COLLECTIONS

Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels (BE)

S.M.A.K – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (BE)

MSK – Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent (BE)

BPS22, Charleroi (BE)

Emile Van Doren Museum, Genk (BE)

Belfius collection, Brussels (BE)

Collection of the Flemish Parliament, Brussels (BE)

Collection of East Flanders, Ghent (BE)

Belgian Embassy, Washington (US)

SOLO AND DUO SHOWS

2021

Le Weekend, Salon Blanc, Ostende (BE)

Mémoires, Kasteelstraat 1, Watou (BE)

2020

SSTT… Stijn Cole / Stief De Smet , D’Apostrof, Deinze (BE)

2019

Shore, (re)D Gallery, Antwerp (BE)

Variations sur les mêmes thèmes (with Marthe Wéry), BPS22, Charleroi (BE)

Finistère / Fisterra, Haus der kunst St Josef, Solothurn (CH)

Intersections – Stijn Cole / Greet Van Autgaerden, Whitehousegallery, Lovenjoel (BE)

Stijn Cole, Gallery Wenger, Zürich (CH)

2017

Entre terre et mer, (re)D Gallery, Antwerp (BE)

1:1 / Marine, C-Mine, Genk (BE)

1:1, Château de Chimay, Chimay (BE)

2016

60 journées d’été ’76 ’16, Raveelmuseum, Machelen (BE)

New Dialogues, Gallery Wenger, Zürich (CH)

Chimay Cancale, Galerie Van De Weghe, Antwerp (BE)

Halfway, The Italian institute, Brussels (BE)

Lumière Matière, Royal Academy ARBA ESA, Brussels (BE)

2015

October, Gallery René Blouin, Montréal (CA)

2013

IMAGES & COLORS , Gallery Van De Weghe, Antwerp (BE)

2012

30°, Gallery Geukens & De Vil, Knokke (BE)

Von hier bis hier, Kunstverein Schwerte, Schwerte (DE)

2011

Docu, Galerie Geukens & De Vil, Antwerp (BE)

2010

Provincial Prize East Flanders, Caermersklooster, Ghent (BE)

2009

Found footage, Galerie Geukens & De Vil, Antwerp (BE)

2008

Stijn Cole @ Witte Zaal Extra, cur. Rolf Quaghebuer, Witte Zaal, Ghent (BE)

Stijn Cole,  cur. Christophe Dejaegere, Scharpoord, Knokke (BE)

2007

Stijn Cole – Koert Declercq, cur. Guy Bovyn, Galerie Kunst-zicht, Ghent (BE)

2006

Willy de Sauter – Stijn Cole, Grusemeyer galerie, Deurle (BE)

Stijn Cole, cur. Philippe Van Cauteren, KunstVerein, Ahlen (DE)

Picture this! – Stijn Cole, curJoost Declerq, Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Deurle (BE)

GROUP SHOWS

2021

Endgame, Corsini sculpture park, Ostia (IT)
Memory Shop, Casa Wabi, Puerto escondido (MX)
The intimate consciousness of time, Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE)
Van Eyck in Depth. Friction and harmony through the eye of architects and artists, GUM – Gents Universiteitsmuseum (BE)

2020

La colère de Ludd, BPS22, Charleroi (BE)
Miroirs 3 – De terre et de ciel, cur. Myriam Louyest and Christophe Veys, Parc d’Enghien (BE)
POST TENEBRAS SPERO LVCEM, Galeria Hilario Galguera, Mexico City (MX)

2019

The gulf between, cur. Annelies Naegels & Glen Geerinck, De Warande, Turnhout (BE)

Genesis, cur. Christa Vyvey, LAC Narbonne, Sigean (FR)

2018

De zindering van de zee, cur. Joanna De Vos, De Mesdag Collectie, Den Haag (NL)

Hermetisch zwart, De Mijlpaal, Heusden Zolder (BE)

11tal, Kapel van Maeghdendaele, Brugge (BE)

Works on paper,  (re)D. Gallery, Antwerp (BE)

Vriditas, De Mijlpaal, Heusden Zolder (BE)

100 year NICC, cur. Guillaume Bijl, NICC, Antwerp (BE)

De Biënnale van de schilderkunst, cur. Piet Coessens, MDD, Raveelmuseum, Museum Deinze en de Leiestreek (BE)

2017

Celibataire Diva’s, cur. Lut Maris, various locations in Hasselt (BE)

Vloed, cur. Els Wuyts, Ten Bogaerde, Koksijde

El Camino, The way between two points, cur. Christa Vyvey, Kadoc, Leuven (BE)

The tree of life, Galerie de Mijlpaal, Heusden Zolder (BE)

2016

Colors of the sky, Galerie de Mijlpaal, Knokke (BE)

Etage 22,  cur. Nils Verkaeren, Antwerp (BE)

Grote Prijs Ernest Albert, De garage, Mechelen (BE)

El Camino, The way between two points, cur. Christa Vyvey, Provinciaal hof, Bruges (BE)

El Camino, The way between two points, cur. Christa Vyvey, LAC Narbonne, Sirgean (FR)

Drawing Front, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Diepenheim (NL)

2015

A Belgian Politician, Galerie Marion De Cannière, Antwerp (BE)

2014

Splash!, cur. Stef Van Bellingen, Amarant, Antwerp (BE)

Capita Selecta, cur. Monia Warnez, Broelmuseum, Kortrijk (BE)

2013

The Prélude Pathétique, cur. Wim Lambrecht, University library, Leuven (BE)

In Between, cur. Joris Caepenberghs, Castle of Gaasbeek, Brussels (BE)

Festival van de politiek, Flemish Parlement, Brussels (BE)

Stijn Cole – Stefan Peters – Bert Jacobs,  cur. Eddie Guldolf, C-Mine, Genk (BE)

Onder de loep, cur. Kristof Reulens, Emile Van Dorenmuseum, Genk (BE)

2012

Façades, cur. Patrick Ronsse and Pieter Vermeulen, Be-Part, Waregem (BE)

2011

Characters makes stories, cur. Sofie Dederen and Mieke Mels, NICC, Antwerp (BE)

ZT, Flanders House, New York (US)

Tender Buttons, cur. Guy Bovyn, Kunst-Zicht, Ghent (BE)

Frans Masereel Revisited, cur. Jan Denys, City museum, Aalst (BE)

2009

Summershow, Galerie Geukens & De Vil, Knokke (BE)

World Wide Wonders, cur. Guy Bovyn, Kunst-Zicht, Ghent (BE)

2007

Kunstwerkstation, Kortrijk, Knokke, Middelkerke, Bruges, … (BE)

Kunst & Zwalm 2007, cur. Netwerk, Zwalm (BE)

Sur La Route / Een tour van Kunstenaars, cur. Frank Maes, S.M.A.K, Ghent (BE)

Het deel., ACEC hal 24, Ghent (BE)

2006

Trends 2006,  Sint Barbaracollege, Ghent (BE)

2005

Versus III, cur. Tanguy Eeckhout, Oudenaarde (BE)

Artificial landscape (betoverd bos), cur. Angelique Campens, Aalter (BE)

Basics 2, CROHAPOX, Ghent (BE)

Entertain Us, cur. Tanguy Eeckhout, Salons voor schone kunsten, Sint-Niklaas (BE)

Wat is hedendaagse beeldhouwkunst?, Sint-Lucas, Ghent (BE)

2004

Rush, cur. Angelique Campens, Kapel van Maegdendaele, Oudenaarde (BE)

2003

Stijn Cole/Hannes Vanseveren/Fien Muller 3, cur. Luk Lambrecht, CC Strombeek (BE)

Young Artists, cur. Luk Lambrecht, Witte Zaal, Ghent (BE)

2002

Coming People, cur. Hans Martens, S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)

RESIDENCIES

2017

Casa Wabi, Oaxaca (MX)

2010

MSK – Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent (BE)