Cobus van Bosch
Works from this series were exhibited in 2011 at the William Humphreys Gallery in Kimberley in 2011 and on the exhibition Parkade (with painter Henk Serfontein) in 2012 (March) at the Dawid Ras Gallery in Johannesburg. In Parkade Van Bosch and Serfontein brought together two diverse approaches to observation, conceptualisation and painting of the world around us. Their common ground was the mundane areas of parkades, deserted at night and visited at daytime by thousands of people.
Van Bosch’s paintings take a closer look at the surfaces of public urban spaces, especially parkades. These areas are usually covered in oil drippings from parked vehicles, as well as other marks and spillages, often from objects (food, drink, etc.) dropped by shoppers. These amorphous markings are contrasted with more formal and rigid signifiers of human prescence, i.e. painted red and yellow lines, arrows, stop signs and other indicators of rules and regulations.
Parkade surfaces, being in a continuous state of change through added and fading oil drippings and other markings, are interesting two-dimensional landscapes in that they often simultaneously assume the characteristics of abstract shapes and patterns, and that of vast geographical areas viewed from high altitudes.
Van Bosch’s reditions of these surfaces can therefore be viewed as both abstract painting and realism. He, however, went through trouble not to merely try and create accidental design and ambiguous forms by dripping and dropping paint on canvas, à la Jackson Pollock, but to painstakingly repaint existing parkade surfaces and spatter marks through individual brushstrokes, in perspective and close to local colour.
For him these works are as much about observation and painting, its technicality and its conceptual traditions, as it is about the interesting and ambiguous patterns, shapes and colours on the seemingly mundane surfaces we encounter in everyday life.
From the series Oil, oil on canvas or board, 2009, 2010, 2011.