Steven Felix-Jager
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  • Winter Haven, FL
  • United States
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Profile Information

Contact Email
steven.felix.jager@gmail.com
Website
http://www.stevenfelixjager.com
Art Interests
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. I use text and image symbolically representing our perceptions of things (image), and our concepts of things (text). I cut away, add, or cover parts of the image, often showing the raw canvas or substrate, to break up the narrative. I then add text in the voids that supposedly describe what’s missing. The text and the image shape the way we interpret the painted narrative. The words, however, often impose themselves on the narrative irrespective of compositional or aesthetic considerations. Take for instance Blue Sky in Spanish. where the text creates a wall right through the middle of the canvas, or Untitled (Birds) where the text interrupts 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 or drawn narratives clearly show they were made by a subjective hand. There is thus a tension between concept and percept as the text and narrative fight for hermeneutical priority.
I call myself a conceptual realist, as the images I depict are both realistically rendered and deal with this-worldly situations. Like realists, I depict 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. Both text and visual media are imperfect modes of communication. But it is the exposition of these imperfections that brings us face to face with the process of interpretation.
Accomplishments / CV
SELECTED ART EXHIBITIONS, OPENINGS, AND CURATORIAL WORK

2017 (forthcoming)- Solo Exhibition, “Blue Skies,” Duke Gallery, Azusa, CA (7/10/17-7/15/17)

2017- Solo Exhibition, “Blue Skies,” ART/ifact Gallery, Lakeland, FL (4/22/17-5/20/17)

2017- Group Exhibition, “Create New +” MFA Exhibition, Missoula, MO

2017- Group Exhibition, “Hyper Objectivity,” Exhale Unlimited, Los Angeles, CA (2/3/17-3/10/17)

2016- Group Exhibition, Polk Museum of Art’s “Lakeland Art Crawl,” Lakeland, FL (12/3/2016)

2016- Group Exhibition, “Artist Statement,” Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, (10/14/16-11/20/16)

2016- 3 Person Exhibition, “Labyrinth,” Platform Art Gallery, Lakeland, FL (9/30/16-10/30/16)

2016- Group Exhibition, “Our Own Terms,” Visual Art Exchange: Creativity Incubator, Raleigh, NC (9/2/16-9/29/16)

2016- Curator & Participating Artist, Group Exhibition, “In Plain Sight,” Exit Gallery, Azusa, CA (7/15/16-7/23/16)

2016- Art Festival, “Dixieland Spring Arts Festival,” Lakeland, FL (4/16/16)

2016- Curator & Participating Artist, Group Exhibition, “Pneumatological Imagination: SPS Conference Exhibition,” Life Pacific College, San Dimas, CA (3/10/16-3/12/16)

2016- Group Exhibition, “Resolution,” Exhale Unlimited, Los Angeles, CA (2/6/16-3/31/16)

2015- Group Exhibition, “Annual Club Hispano Art Exhibition,” Lakeland, FL (10/24/15)

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- Group Exhibition, “Home,” A/NT Gallery, Seattle, Washington (9/3/14-9/28/14)

2014- Group Exhibition, “Self Portrait,” CityArts Factory, Orlando, FL (3/20/14-4/11/14)

2014- Group Exhibition, “ONE CHIC FÊTE,” Firestone Live, Orlando, FL (3/7/14)

2013- Solo Exhibition, “Trans(Figure + Form),” The Loft Art Gallery, Lakeland, FL (June 2013)

2013- Group Exhibition, “Artbook Launch Party,” St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL (3/28/13)

2012- Group Exhibition, “The Christian Evasion of Popular Culture,” Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA (10/29-11/16)


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Monographs

Félix-Jäger, Steven. Spirit of the Arts: A Pneumatological Aesthetic of Christian Renewal Movements. New York: Palgrave, (forthcoming) 2018.

Félix-Jäger, Steven. With God On Our Side: Towards a Transformational Theology of Rock and Roll. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2017.

Félix-Jäger, Steven. Pentecostal Aesthetics: Theological Reflections in a Pentecostal Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Félix-Jäger, Steven. “Visual Art.” In Eds. Stanley Burgess, Elaine Cleeton, and Todd Johnson. Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism. Leiden, Brill, 2019.

Félix-Jäger, Steven. “Creational Aesthetics & the Challenge of Conceptual Art.” Religion and the Arts, Vol. 20 (2016), pp. 663-673.

Félix-Jäger, Steven. “Kitsch of Visionary?: Charismatic Eschatological Community in Folk Art of the American South,” Cultural and Religious Studies, Vol. 4, No. 6 (2016), 387-395.

Félix-Jäger, Steven, “The Spirit, The Affections, and the Christian Tradition Edited by Dale Coulter and Amos Yong (Review).” Pneuma, Vol. 38, No. 4 (2016), 1-3.

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.


PRESS RELEASES

Cross, John, “Words are Oppressive: An Interview with Steven Félix-Jäger,” Gambling the Aisle, Is. 10 (2016) http://todayandtonightmagazine.ning.com/events/artist-steven-felix-...

Kim, Leejin, Artist Statement #1. Gimpo, Korea: CICA Press, 2016.

Walker, Lorie Delk, “Steven Felix-Jager is June’s Featured Artist in The Loft Art Gallery,” Today & Tonight Magazine (2013) http://todayandtonightmagazine.ning.com/events/artist-steven-felix-...


AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

2017- Best in Show at University of Montana’s “Create New +” MFA Exhibition, Missoula, MO

2016- 2nd Place at Polk Museum of Art’s “Lakeland Art Crawl,” Lakeland, FL

2016- Purchase Award at Polk Museum of Art’s “Lakeland Art Crawl,” Lakeland, FL

2009- Speaker of the Residential Cohort at the Hooding Ceremony, Southeastern University

2006-2007- President’s Scholars List, Florida Southern College

2007- Kappa Pi (Fine Art Honor Society), Florida Southern College

2007- Sigma Rho Epsilon (Religion Honor Society), Florida Southern College

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At 7:18am on November 8, 2014, Pamela Sweet said…

Steven,

Welcome, welcome to sunny Florida.  Your work and resume are amazing!  I hope you enjoy living and working here in this beautiful part of Central Florida. GBU

Yours in art,

Pamela 

At 11:10am on November 7, 2014, Peter Olsen said…
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.
At 11:46am on April 22, 2014, Amanda Faith Petumenos said…

Thanks. We are originally from Alaska so it's a big change!

At 4:23pm on April 3, 2012, Julia Stiles said…

Thanks- 

 
 
 

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