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 primarily with ‘direct’ materials such as stone, sand, steel and water. Though many think of him as a visual artist, Steur is keen on the ‘live’ aspect of performance: “I think it’s important that spectators become aware of the present, and their own presence in it.” Rather than grand gestures or symbolism, his actions appear mainly functional; connecting steel, moving a boulder or catching a drop of water… however through skill and intense focus he is able to reconnect an inner dialogue with an external reality. This holistic approach succeeds in communicating 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.
Since graduating in 2011 from the institute for performative arts in Maastricht, Nick Steur has been invited by numerous museums and international arts festivals and has won several prizes. Currently he resides in Amsterdam and Brussels and is supported by Stichting SoAP, In Situ, Workspace Brussels and the Performing Arts Fund in the Netherlands.
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