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Stijn Cole / 2 Steps aside
Stijn Cole / 2 Steps aside
Stijn Cole / 2 Steps aside
Stijn Cole / 2 Steps aside
Stijn Cole / 2 Steps aside

Stijn Cole

2 Steps aside

20 × 30 cm, 20 p, ills colour, paperback, English
design: Studio Jurgen Maelfeyt
edition of 500
June 2013

Together with the landscape-architect Stefan Vidts, Stijn Cole went on a journey from the flat isle of Texel (NL) to the ancient woods of Bialowieza (Pl). Two extremes in the European landscape. The book “2 steps aside” tells the story of that trip and shows 6 pencil-drawings. As the base for these drawings, Cole took a picture at Branitz, a landscape-park in the geographical and conceptual middle of the traject, moved two steps aside and took a second picture of the same subject. The book has a “Concertina” format so the original movement of 180cm is kept.

With text contributions by Patrick Ronse and Stefan Vidts.

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.