AN exhibition of new work by young Belgian artist, Kasper Bosmans opens at S.M.A.K. in Belgium. The show, entitled Specimen Days highlights his ongoing series of pictorial legend paintings characterized by heraldic-styled motifs. Bosmans’ work is inspired by an enthusiasm for folklore, iconology, nature, art history and global events.
Kasper Bosmans, Legend: Motif, Oil and Silver (detail), gouache and silver paint on poplar wood, 21 cm 28 cm, 2016. Photograph: Posture Editions, Kasper Bosmans, Specimen Days
Bosmans’ findings become a point of departure for new poetic narratives which are incorporated, figuratively in the manner of a story board. His imaginative motifs also re-occur in other areas of his artistic practice. In his work, Little Cherry Virus, the artist draws our attention to the issue of fruit farming in Belgium. The cherry trees, thought to originate from a Japanese species imported to Europe in colonial times, are threatened by a virus that discolours the leaves and reduces the size of cherries.
Bosmans emphasises a potentially tenuous situation not only for farming but also Belgium’s spring tourist industry which is boosted by the abundance of blossom. Bosmans’ fascination for cultural tradition is evident in his sand carpet series, works that merge the historical custom of taking canaries into coal mines with the artistic tradition of European sand painting.
Kasper Bosmans, Legend: Mandorlas: Fontanella, Vanese, Volpedo, Paruzarro, Loreto Aprutino,
Como, Gouache and silver paint on Poplar wood, 21 cm x 28 cm, 2015.
Photograph: Posture Editions, Kasper Bosmans, Specimen Days
by Miranda Charalambous
The exhibition is at S.M.A.K. until September 4, 2016
S.M.A.K. Jan Hoetplein 1, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Tel: +32 (09) 9 240 7601
Front page image: Kasper Bosmans, Legend: Little Cherry Virus (detail), gouache and silver paint on poplar wood, 21cm x 28cm, 2015. Photograph: Posture Editions, Kasper Bosmans, Specimen Days