Stijn Dierckx, De Morgen:
He understands something that many around him can no longer see. He inspires, explains with two hands what this world is all about. He redefines the concepts: balance, feeling, aesthetics, silence, solidarity, harmony.
Nick Steur (Nijmegen, 1982) is a Dutch artist working from Brussels. Since graduating in 2011 from the Institute for Performative Arts in Maastricht, his works have been shown in museums such as MuHKA and Middelheim in Antwerp, Bozar and Kanal Centre Pompidou in Brussels and international arts festivals like Spring Utrecht, Lift London, Adelaide and Edinburgh festival. Steur won several prizes and is currently supported by SoAP Maastricht, In Situ European Network, Workspace Brussels, C-Takt and the Performing Arts Fund in the Netherlands.
Working primarily with stone, the installations and performances Steur creates are often site-specific and durational or repetitive in nature. His works are analogue and in high contrast with today’s fast pace. Although he often draws inspiration from the visual arts, Steur finds the live aspect of performance art also important: “Both the duration and being together, allow us to become aware of the present and our own presence in it.” Rather than grand gestures or symbolism, his actions appear mainly functional; moving a boulder or catching a drop of water… However, through skill and intense focus he is able to (re)connect our inner dialogue with the material, physical world. This holistic approach succeeds in creating subtle changes in time and space, and perhaps in people.
Historian and author David Van Reybrouck:
This is Rothko to me, so comforting, so beautiful, so purified.
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