Steye Felix

Steye Felix

Steye with works on the wall, 2015
Steye Felix, with works at the wall, 2015

Date: 27.02 — 05.04
2015

Opening reception
26 February
19:00 – 21:00
in the presence of
the artist

 

SEA Foundation
production

Exhibition

Goodbye to my Imaginary Friends

Steye Felix (1990, Groeningen) is a young artist whose practice has its foundations in formal painterly abstraction. Yet although the discipline painting remains an important center to his universe, Steye frequently ventures out on different paths, leading him to music, soundscapes, installations, even needlework and most recently glass.The principles of his practice seem simple, but it’s simplicity comes through a labor intensive process.

As a tight-rope walker Steye Felix creates compositions charged with tension by combining form and color in such a way that it feels ever so slightly off balance. At first glance his paintings appear calm and poised, but a small stripe of pink protruding through two shades of mossy jades sends you teetering of the brink – almost. Well-placed brushstrokes are sanded down and entangled with new ones. His works often include no more than three or four different hues, but the borders of his canvases reveal a spectrum of advances made until the desired contrasts were achieved.

The key in looking at Steye Felix’s work is allowing your eyes to wander and meet the borders of colors, shapes, textures and materials. Steye creates images that seem effortless. He tricks us, wanting us to believe that the works has just been thrown together and there it was, as if it had some prior existence that just needed his hand to manifest itself. Yet if we allow ourselves the time to wander along the contours of his actions we discover an energy that continuously tests shapes, dogma, style, and expectations. In his paintings the use of color undercuts the classic formal approach and the tones betray popculture influences. Pinks and turquoises, oranges and bright blues hide in the veins of earthy tones. Less than harmonious, Steye gives his work a playfully tacky tint. And in his most recent glass projects, references can be found to those we all recognize from kitschy interiors embellished with fake Swarovski plates and candleholders. He reminds us that beyond the stern and formal exterior of his work lies a smart and witty turn…

Nathalie Hartjes (Director Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem)

Publication

At the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Goodbye to my Imaginary Friends
An exclusive catalog and textbook have been produced (edition 30 signed and numbered).

This is publication is available in the shop

Artist: Steye Felix
Text and poem: Robert Proost
Translation: Heleen Klomp
Graphic design: Jinhee Kwon
Edition: 30 signed and numbered
Curator: Riet van Gerven

Goodbye to my Imaginary Friends
is a SEA foundation production

Steye Felix, view of installation of work by the artist in the exhibition Goodbye to my Imaginary Friends, at SEA Foundation Tilburg, the Netherlands.
Steye Felix, installation view of work by the artist in the exhibition Goodbye to my Imaginary Friends, at SEA Foundation Tilburg, the Netherlands.
Steye Felix, installation view of work by the artist in the exhibition Goodbye to my Imaginary Friends, at SEA Foundation Tilburg, the Netherlands.