Stef Meul (°1983, Brussels, Belgium) makes transdisciplinary artworks.
By applying a particular and metaphorical language his works engender intuitive associations – these rarely being conclusive. Play and cause of desire are important: during the artistic process, personal perception is affected and common objects transubstantiate. Through his artwork he cares about how life extends beyond its own subjective limits.
Stef often interstices a narration on the limitation of social identities and propagates the expansion of common knowledge resources: in order to challenge the binaries we continually generate between Self and Other – between our sense of human hybridisation and radical alterity.
By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of consumer class values, he’s tending with giving forms to that which unfollows logical criteria – rather to be relying on subjective associations and encountering parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.
The artworks enact the movements between the person, the thing, the subject, the object, the exceptions. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between the arrival of motion, sense and sound into visible and tangible materialities. By playing with the imaginary viewer to create confusion, he finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humour that echoes our own inconsistencies.
works appear as spontaneous, common and dreamlike events in which
fiction and reality meet, meanings shift, past and present fuse, future
returns to l’a-venir.
Timing and diachrony play a key role.
By developing different works for each presentation and allowing the details of the work become unprecedented, Stef likes to seduce the senses of viewers and audiences, by interacting with compositions or settings that generate other situations, mixing multiple dimensions and balancing on the edge of recognition and unknown aspects of the self.
Artworks are on the one hand attractive and common, on the other hand absurd and disruptive. Again and again, there remains a mix of conflicting feelings and unresolved thoughts – to be continued by the person in question.
By researching the conceptions of movement, he tries to manifest the activity of presenting with the thing in itself – to make common connections on the bridges in between disparate worlds. The character, shape or content of the presented artwork is secondary.
Stef is attracted to the instantaneous, the consequential, the responsible and the intention of presenting. Multi-layered meanings arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By creating situations and unsettling the passivity of the persons encountering the artwork, he often creates from the given instant, upon which thoughts that apparently develop are manifested: notes are made real and/or doubled, while meaning is given retro-actively.
Most of the artworks are presented with the aim not to provide an idealistic view but to dare to embody a time-space where lightness-darkness and interdependent origination are important. The energy of a place and its emotional and spiritual vibrations are substantial to the artistic practice.
By instigating spaces for performativity and a real intent for social choreographic fields, Stef wants to enable the viewer’s knowledge of the coordinates of the narration of our common world. Art is to be able to be in touch with the work, as well to become interacting, loosing one’s distant safe stance.
Stef’s artworks are based on inspiring situations: reflecting a sensation of dogma’s and reversals, combined with subtle details of odd or eccentric, humour.