Cobalt Filter (no more yellow), 2016
Framed pencil drawing on paper
21 × 29.5 cm
Unique drawing, in a series of 10
Kasper Bosmans’ Cobalt Filter (no more yellow) is a series that was made on the occasion of Smalt (Cobalt Filter and Cream), Kasper Bosmans’ proposal for our Billboard Series in Ghent.
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 discolour 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 that block out yellow light. This series comes in a white wooden frame.