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Cobalt Filter (no more yellow)

Cobalt Filter (no more yellow), 2016 - Kasper Bosmans

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Cobalt Filter (no more yellow), 2016

Kasper Bosmans  

21 x 29.5 cm / 8.27 x 11.61 inch
Unique drawing in a series of 10 variations, signed and numbered by the artist

  • Medium: Framed pencil drawing on paper.
  • This work is framed
  • Ships in 5 to 10 business days from Belgium. 

about this work

Cobalt Filter (no more yellow) (2016) was published on the occasion of Smalt (Cobalt Filter and Cream), Kasper Bosmans' proposal for Billboard Series. This long-term art in public space project in Ghent was initiated by artlead in September 2015. Each year, four artists are invited to create a work that considers the status of the image and fosters a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighbourhood and urban landscape. The presentation of each new Billboard is accompanied by an edition.

Billboard Series deals with change and transformation. These ideas are present in Bosmans’ proposal; his first Legend to be created and presented on such a large scale. The starting point of Bosmans’ research for this work is smalt, a pigment made of ground cobalt blue glass. Smalt was a commonly used pigment in European painting from the 15th to the 17th century. Pieter Paul Rubens used it, as did Antoon Van Dyck. The vibrant blue hues of the pigment however discolor to grey over a period of a century. Science, culture and history really come together in this new work. Because smalt is basically finely ground blue glass, there are also quite some references to the history and use of this specific material.

Cobalt Filter (no more yellow) revisits one of the motives Bosmans combines in his billboard, more precisely the idea of cobalt filters which block out yellow light. This edition comes in a white wooden frame.

about Kasper Bosmans

Kasper Bosmans dives deeply into the rich cultural history of materials, objects, traditions and customs. The references in his work betray a broad spectrum of sources, from folkloristic stories and cultural practices to historic research on painterly techniques or botanical cross-breeding. He continuously expands on his interests, subjecting them to careful scrutiny.

Legends is a series in which this affluence of references is clearly visible. The title refers to both a story of the past, as well as a brief explanatory text. By combining a multitude of references and compiling the different elements from his field of study into a new visual narrative, Kasper Bosmans creates a highly poetic visual mythology opening up the possible meanings all individual elements might have.

The work of Kasper Bosmans has been shown internationally, among others at S.M.A.K., Ghent; CIAP, Hasselt; Pakt, Amsterdam; Muzee, Oostende; Wiels, Brussels, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong; Kunstmuseum Stavanger; and Beaufort 2015.
Upcoming solo exhibitions include S.M.A.K., Ghent; Witte de With, Rotterdam; and De Hallen, Haarlem.

Kasper Bosmans is represented by the following gallery;
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Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles.

You can also see more of his work on Kasper's own website.

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