20 October – 4 November 2018
‘Tanzanite is the most beautiful blue stone to be discovered in 2.000 years.‘
- Henry Platt, President TIFFANY & CO (1968)
The stone was named after its origin on the African continent. Its rarity is bound to the limited geographic area where the stone can be found and makes it more precious than diamonds. To brighten colors or improve clarity of the stone the gem is put under heat treatment. This treatment could evolve naturally, from volcanic activity or wildfires when the stones are still in the earth or through heating during and after the process of mining. It became instantly known through the promotion of the jeweler Tiffany in the late 1960s and since played an iconic role in fashion culture.
Tanzanite will be present.
There will be a chip log, murals and legends.
Rooted in historical research, Bosmans disentangles the intersection of signs that create cultural meaning in both micro and macro registers. His interdisciplinary works include institutional intervention, installation, sculpture, and painting that parse and restructure the objects and symbols from varied political, artistic, ecological and social orders. Bosmans investigates diverse cultural relics—taken from the realms of government, folk art, and technology—in order to establish new modes of reading the history of power and knowledge that linger in spaces between concept and material.
Legend: Knot and Wildfire
2018, gouache and silver point on poplar panel
T.O. Chip Log (Cologne)
2018, Elm wood, lead, vinyl and acrylic paint
2018, cut Tanzanite, cooking pots
2016, paint on wall
Bronze Legend (Commercial Bronze)
WDW25+ Mural: Ecology
Dwarf Parade Dog (Ruby Nipples)
2018, butter, rubies
Images: Alwin Lay