The solo exhibition 'Room with a View' features two new “sister” work series focusing on abstract sculptures made from resin with an emphasis on geometric lines. The first work series consists of hollow geometric shapes, covered in different kinds of colour coatings both on the inside and on the outside. The second work series on display showcases minimalistic light sculptures made from resin blocks in different non-colour shades ranging from white to black. Alternatively, to say it with the words of the artist: The works that compose Room with a View are abstractions of dreams embodied in geometrical sculptures.
In the first series, the surface structure is dominated by a material duality. This contrast between the material structure on the outside versus the sculptural detailing on the inside was conceived to provoke a stronger response from the viewer. While the simple, supposedly valueless material structure displayed to the outside refocuses the viewer on the lines and volume of the shape, the glossy, supposedly valuable material structure on the inside detracts attention from the shape and allows the viewer to ‘lose themselves’ in the expanse of the sculptural body. Through this combination, Reinier Bosch aims to stimulate contemplation and broaden the consciousness, creating a space to rejoice in both the material qualities of the objects as well as in the stories they tell.
As with all sculptures in this series, you can look into them from at least one side, but you cannot look through them; it actually feels like you are looking into a tunnel. These tunnels can be seen as reflections of our dreams, our wishes, our hopes for the future. It is a future that is uncertain, reflected by the fact that the ends of the tunnels are invisible to the naked eye, obscured by the shapes of the sculptures. In the artist’s words: ‘to fully enjoy life, you have to take risks.’ To him, the sculptures from this series are manifestations of this idea of following our dreams and daring to live.
One of the works entitled ‘Ocean’ is a curve-shaped form with a length of 160 cm. Reinier Bosch states: ‘When you look into the piece, you see the depth of the sea. This reminds me of driving to France to swim in the sea.’
In these like in previous works, the notion of ‘illusion / imagination’ is a strong conceptual characteristic of Reinier Bosch’s work, as is the appreciation of the magnificence that life holds in store for us if we are willing to embrace it.
In this sense in particular, these new works have a lot in common with the works that Reinier Bosch created for his first solo exhibition right at the beginning of his career in 2010. For this show he applied techniques designed to create illusions by altering the surface structure of materials – such as making bronze appear like cardboard – while at the same time highlighting our perception of what has value and what does not. These works emphasized the value of an independent mind; the freedom we can achieve when we manage to leave behind learned patterns of categorization and instead start to enjoy and apply our own value to things.
The second series of works on display showcases minimalistic light sculptures made from resin blocks in different non-colour shades ranging from white to black. Whereas the sculptures function as a kind of tunnel, the light sculptures can be seen as a path that gradually shifts from white to black. As with the tunnels, the beginning is lighter and darkens to black at the end. And again, the end of the path remains uncertain. In the first series of sculptures, the depth of perception is created not only through the reduction of incoming external light determined by the shape of the individual sculpture, but also by the choice of surface colour and the structure of the inside. In the light sculptures, this effect is created purely through the different light-absorbing strength caused by the material colour. Plus, in one case, the light comes from the outside, while in the other, it is embodied in the pieces and shines through the material from the inside.
Finally, when looking at the exhibition ‘Room with a View’ in its totality, it becomes very evident that Reinier Bosch has brought his work to a new level of abstraction. He follows a new tradition of minimalism and sculptural art in pursuit of a quest towards abstraction, incorporating new elements and techniques in revolutionary ways. The aesthetics of his oeuvre have undoubtedly been influenced by minimalism, yet his works breathe a poetry and a lightness rarely found in abstraction. This is consistent with the invitation he offers to his spectators for a subjective interpretation that goes beyond physical appearance of the works and challenges them to see beyond what is in front of them. To Reinier Bosch, they are abstractions of dreams embodied in geometric sculptures.