Born in New York, Stephan
Fowlkes studied at Bennington College (1993) and the Lacost Schools
of Arts in France (1994). He then followed further studies in teaching
in New York (1999). He has exhibited internationally and lectured
on the contemporary art, more recently World Rehabilitation Fund
Benefit Auction. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. New York, NY, as
well as an associate artist of the Eickholt Gallery, New York.
He is a painter and sculptor and his body of work represents an
ongoing investigation into the mechanics of interpersonal dynamics.
He is fascinated with interactions between people, from any one-on-one
to the dynamics within or between groups. Behavioural patterns and
social conditioning play a large role, as do the masks he states
we choose to wear, when determining the roles assumed in any given
situation, with the exception of pure solitude.
He believes there is a social "norm" we are expected
to live by, strictures we live within, with boundaries and standards,
rules for how we are to act in any given situation. Yet inherently,
we each possess unique traits suggesting an innate individuality
no "norm" can harness.
By reducing his perceptions of these complex roles and relationships
to their essence and translating these into an aesthetic language,
the universal language of geometry, he manages to translate and
break down his unique, personal, insignificant experiences, observations,
and interactions into an aesthetic vocabulary which can be understood,
interpreted and internalized by all.
transVoyeur and the Artist
He is intrigued by the visual geometric form, a reductivism of the
tangible captured in his senses conceptualised to one of structure
and tone. His geometric abstractions and explorations to extend
to the urban and societal analysis founded on the aims and objectives
of transVoyeur. His environmental dissections relative to the ecology
juxtaposed in terms of the urban space.