Archives for Kasper Bosmans

Artists and Futurists Convene At M HKA In Antwerp

INTERNATIONAL artists and futurists will take part in a radical new show held at M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp this spring. A Temporary Futures Institute presents an innovative approach to the study of futures, a discipline which explores concepts and strategies about the future. The exhibition considers how art and future studies relate to knowledge in which artificial intelligence, political activism and governance will play a key role. Organised by M HKA’s senior curator Anders Kreuger and Antwerp-based futurist Maya Van Leemput, the show is curated in response to research conducted by futurist James Dator and pioneer of the “four futures” model at the Manoa School of Futures Studies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dator believed that, “Any useful statement about the future should appear to be ridiculous.”

Within future studies, initial ideas might seem initially far-fetched. They may challenge our behaviour as new technologies replace past knowledge and become the norm. In this exhibition, professional futurists from the fields of alternative, design, postnormal and technology futures are brought together with international artists from a diverse range of disciplines. Staged within a specially commissioned set designed by the Polynesian artist, Alexander Lee, futures scenarios are envisioned through unconnected themes which include continuation, collapse, discipline and transformation. Participating artists include Belgium painter Kasper Bosmans, sculptor Simryn Gill and film-maker Michel Auder.

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Kasper Bosmans, Legend Future Studies, 2016, courtesy of the artist; Marc Foxx gallery,
Los Angeles and Gladstone Gallery, New York-Brussels

 

Running concurrently with A Temporary Futures Institute is DDT (Design, Develop, Transform), an international futures conference futures practitioners and academics partnered by the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Futures Studies Federation.

by Miranda Charalambous

A Temporary Futures Institute opens from April 27 to September 17, 2017. DDT (Design, Develop, Transform) opens from June 15 – June 17, 2017.
Both events are held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MHKA), Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

Telephone: +32 (0)3 260 99 99

Email: info@muhka.be

Front page image: Kasper Bosmans, Legend Future Studies, 2016, courtesy of the artist; Marc Foxx gallery, Los Angeles and Gladstone Gallery, New York-Brussels

S.M.A.K. Gallery in Belgium Shows New Work by Kasper Bosmans

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.

600x400Kasper 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.

600x400Kasper 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
Email: info@smak.be

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