Stan Van Steendam

Brussels, Belgium, 1985

Untitled - 2022. Varnish, pigments, dust, plaster and epoxy resin on wood. 30 x 29 x 5,5 inch.
Untitled - 2021. Varnish, dust, dirt, plaster and epoxy resin on wood. 70 x 36 x 14 cm.
Untitled - 2020. Pigments, Dust, Dirt, Plaster and Epoxy resin on wood. 125 x 107 x 19 cm.
Untitled - 2022. Pigments, Dust, Dirt, Plaster and Epoxy resin on wood. 79 x 78 x 17 cm.
agul - 2021. Pigments, Dust, Dirt, Plaster and Epoxy resin on wood. 29 x 26 x 11 cm.
ven - 2021. Pigments, Dust, Dirt, Plaster and Epoxy resin on wood. 30 x 26 x 11 cm.
Untitled - 2021. Varnish, dust, dirt, plaster and epoxy resin on wood. 39 x 36 x 12 cm.

About

Brussels, Belgium, 1985
Lives and works between Brussels and Lisbon

The enigmatic work of Belgian artist Stan Van Steendam challenges our ideas of tradition and modernity. His work reflects a sense of intimacy that exists between the artist and his craft, his materials, and the emotions and sensations captured within his meditative creations — sculptural objects, and large scale, monochromatic explorations in painting.

Van Steendam’s practice aims to deconstruct the materiality of painting, which he explores by way of an extensive process of layering raw pigments, plaster, and other matter, such as ash, dirt, and dust. Desiring to be close to his materials, and to control their traces and movements, Van Steendam works primarily with his bare hands.

His intuitive compositions command a unique physical presence in their space; they gently encroach, reaching out from their mountings to enter the space of the viewer. By placing emphasis on the physical presence of the object in the space, Van Steendam’s works become almost interactive in their approach­ ability. Viewers can observe the texture and tactility of the pieces from all sides, placing them in conversation with the audience and allowing for a heightened state of perception.

With the elevation of the creative process in his pieces and by working with his body to treat his material sculpturally, Van Steendam is questioning the notions of the limits of painting, and of sculpture and of our preconceptions of art more broadly. This adventurism enables him to propose new approaches to tradition and allows his work to co exist with history in a way that is reflective as much as it is in tribute.

Van Steendam — who lives and works between Brussels and Portugal — is motivated by classical paintings and the work of other artists, but as well too, he draws much inspiration from the places where he chooses to reside and from nature; from lakes, water, cork trees, and dusty roads. He is situated currently in a studio in Lisbon, where he has been captivated by the influence of, he says, the light and skies; that which can be seen reflected directly in his recent output — an exploration of monochromatic painting works, among other pieces.

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EDUCATION
Master in Visual Arts, Ghent, Belgium (2003-2007)

RESIDENCIES
Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy (2019)
Cripta747, Torino, Italy (2017)
Syntax, Lisbon, Portugal (2016)
Prainha, Pico, Portugal (2015)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS​
Traces, Bjorn & Gundorph Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark (2022)
Arid, Uma Lulik, Lisbon, Portugal (2022)
Down the Trail, Barbé Urbain, Ghent, Belgium (2022)
Saunter, Bjorn & Gundorph Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark (2021)
Dust Road, Galería Nordés, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2021)
Lá de além, Bjorn & Gundorph Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark (2020)
Palazzo Monti in collaboration with Sunday-S gallery and Bjorn & Gundorph Gallery, Brescia, Italy (2020)
Lagoas, Archiraar, Brussels, Belgium (2019)
I’ve never built anything on new land, Barbé Urbain, Ghent, Belgium (2018)
Chiarificazione, Theca Gallery, Milan, Italy (2018)
New Works, Asphodel, New York, USA (2018)
Cinzento, Archiraar, Brussels, Belgium (2018)
What does it matter, Boeckercontemporary, Heidelberg, Denmark (2017)
Pico installation, vitrine jeune artiste, Les Brasseurs art contemporain, Liège, Belgium (2015)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS​
De/Construction, duo show with Sarah Loibl, G/ART/EN, Como, Italy (2021)
visible invisible, groupshow with Philipp Modersohn, Manuel Burgener, Stan Van Steendam, Barbé Urbain, Ghent, Belgium (2021)
Staycation, Barbé Urbain, Ghent, Belgium (2021)
Summer Group Show including works from Private collections, Sunday-S Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (2019)
ZWRT, Barbé Urbain, Ghent, Belgium (2019)
The future has no presence, Asphodel, New York, USA (2018)
Absolute, Boeckercontemporary, Heidelberg, Denmark (2018)
Aspetti di superficie, Theca Gallery, Milan, Italy (2017)
Panach’, D’apostrof, Meigem, Belgium (2017)
Galerie Albert Dumont, Brussels, Belgium (2016)
(in)cohérences, Abstract Project, Paris, France (2016)
Pico installation, vitrine Hidden project, Brussels, Belgium (2015)

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