The oeuvre of Stijn Cole has been accumulating since 2002. The relation between the object and its surroundings is central. Light, not the medium, is crucial here, since the way we experience colour and form is to a great extent determined by the intensity of the light they are subjected to. 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 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 Cole’s works is connected with a specific period, walk or journey, which gives it an almost documentary quality. 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 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 Cole that the audience is invited to wander around in.

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The oeuvre of Stijn Cole has been accumulating since 2002. The relation between the object and its surroundings is central. Light, not the medium, is crucial here, since the way we experience colour and form is to a great extent determined by the intensity of the light they are subjected to. 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 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 Cole’s works is connected with a specific period, walk or journey, which gives it an almost documentary quality. 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 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 Cole that the audience is invited to wander around in.