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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

S.M.A.K. Gallery in Belgium Celebrates Arte Povera

A NEW exhibition entitled From The Collection, Incontri con Mario Merz showcases the work of Gianni Piacentino and Emilio Prini is opening at the Belgian gallery S.M.A.K. The work in the show is based on paintings by arte co-founder, Mario Merz from S.M.A.K.’s collection. Both Piacentino and Prini reflect on the movement’s unorthodox processes and alternative artistic materials. Other artists exhibiting in the Arte Povera style are Giulio Paolini, Ettore Spalletti, Alberto Garrutti and Luciano Fabro.

pp 600x400Gianni Piacentino, dark amaranth frame vehicle with blue gray
triangle tank, 1971. Photograph © Uit de Collectie Incontri con Mario Merz, S.M.A.K.

Originally, artwork in the style of Arte Povera or “poor art” was created from everyday objects and ephemeral matter such as soil, rags and twigs. Artwork made from these humble materials was intended to challenge the convention of the commercialised gallery space. This exhibition demonstrates artists’ sophisticated approach in their incorporation of these materials, in particular the wall debris in Parnasso by Paolini.

Other works gesture towards Italy’s craft heritage and the emergence of post war Italian design, such as the stylised bicycle sculpture by Piacentino. As an image of individual freedom and expression, this artwork continues to be relevant today.

wallGiulio Paolini, Parnasso, 1978.
Photograph © Uit de Collectie Incontri con Mario Merz, S.M.A.K.

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition is at S.M.A.K. until October 30, 2016.

S.M.A.K Jan Hoetplein 1, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Tel+32 (0)9 240 76 01
Email info@smak.be

Front page image: Mario Merz, Les maisons tournent autour de nous ou nous tournons autour les maisons, 1979.
Photograph © Uit de Collectie Incontri con Mario Merz, S.M.A.K.