Art Criticism, Art History, Arts Ministry, Drawing, Education, Graphic Design, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Public Art, Theology, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
It’s all hermeneutics. My work explores issues of interpretation with the juxtaposition of text and image. The text and the image shape the way we interpret the painted narrative, but the words are, in a way, oppressive. The words often impose themselves on the narrative irrespective of compositional or aesthetic considerations. Take for instance Untitled (Shallow Water & Rocks.) where the text actually cuts out part of one of the figure’s faces, or Untitled (Two Blonde Girls.) where the text dominates the image. Because the text is a source of information, one has to trust the words and assume that the text knows what is missing even when it cannot be seen. The text can be dubious. The clean, almost mechanically flawless execution of the text suggests the text was not made by a human hand, whereas the expressively painted narratives scenes clearly were painted by a subjective hand. There is thus a tension between concept and percept as the text and narrative fight for hermeneutical priority.
I have chosen to paint as a realist depicting what I see, but instead of assuming that what I see is the way things are, I am subjecting my painted narratives to hermeneutical exposition. Text is like a commercial, telling us what we should experience. But text, like painting, is an imperfect mode of communication. Text as a substitute for painting shortchanges the narrative even as it attempts to satisfy the narrative. But it is the exposition of these imperfections that brings us face to face with the process of interpretation.
Accomplishments / CV
PhD in Humanities, University of Wales (Glyndwr), UK
MFA in Visual Art, in progress, Azusa Pacific University, CA
MA in Ministerial Leadership, 2009. Southeastern University, FL
BA in Studio Art and Theological Studies (double major), 2007, Florida Southern College, FL
2016 (upcoming)- Group exhibition, “SPS Conference Exhibition,” Life Pacific College, San Dimas, CA (3/10-3/12)
2016 (upcoming)- Curator, “SPS Conference Exhibition,” Life Pacific College, San Dimas, CA (3/10-3/12)
2015- Group Exhibition, "Recolor Recover", Exhale Unlimited, Los Angeles, CA (6/25/15-8/7/15)
2015- Group Exhibition, “Between Two Worlds: CIVA Conference Exhibition” Center Art Gallery, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (6/11/15-8/7/15)
2015- Talk and Exhibition, “Engage Perspectives: A Dialogue on the Intersection of Art and Faith” Oasis Community Church, Lakeland, Florida (5/27/15)
2015- Group Exhibition, “Redemption” Houston, Texas (3/21/15-4/29/15)
2014- “Home” Group Exhibition at A/NT Gallery, Seattle, Washington (9/3/14-9/28/14)
2014- “Self Portrait” Group Exhibition at CityArts Factory, Orlando, FL (3/20/14-4/11/14)
2014- “ONE CHIC FÊTE” Group Exhibition at Firestone Live, Orlando, FL (3/7/14)
2013- “Trans(Figure + Form)” Solo Exhibition at The Loft Art Gallery, Lakeland, FL (June 2013)
2013- “Artbook Launch Party” Group Exhibition at St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL (3/28/13)
2012- The Christian Evasion of Popular Culture, Dordt College, Sioux Center IA (10/29-11/16)
2011- Inspirations: The Members Exhibition, Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven FL
2010- Members Show, Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven FL
2007- Senior Studio Show, Melvin Art Gallery, Lakeland FL
2007- Art Party # 10- Platforrm Art, Lakeland FL
2006- Florida Southern Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Show, Melvin Art Gallery, Lakeland FL
Félix-Jäger, Steven. Pentecostal Aesthetics: Theological Reflections in a Pentecostal Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics. Leiden: Brill, 2015.
Félix-Jäger, Steven. “Universal Beauty: The Nature of Beauty and the Christian Response.” Irish Theological Quarterly, Vol. 79 (2014), 350-365.
Félix-Jäger, Steven. “Inspiration and Discernment in Pentecostal Aesthetics.” Journal of Pentecostal Theology, Vol. 23 (2014), 85-104.
Félix-Jäger, Steven. “Art and Creation as Play.” Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, Vol. 33, No. 1 (2013), 77-90.
Hello Steven! So great of you to seek out other Florida Christian artists. You have a great career ahead of you and I pray that your path, even in moments of artistic self-doubt, will be divinely inspired and blessed.