Don’t expect to like these works; at least not in the way visually unobtrusive art lets your eye drift across the image, resting lazily for a second before moving on. Their deliberate orientation, stacked on top of one another, creates jarring colour combinations that purposefully interrupt. This is true of their display as well the nature of each individual painting as the patterning and colours change sharply with each suggestion of three-dimensional space. They are designed in this way to resist placid engagement, instead requiring time spent in their presence to fully experience their effect.
The exhibition as a whole comes to operate as a series of dilemmas, layered tensions of opposing forces. The works are both abstract and figurative, made up of repetitive patterns that also form sharp windows or doorways. They are at once soothing and disharmonious as they draw your eye whilst resisting its rest. And they are both static and animated as your brain uncovers new depth with each viewing. As well as this, Bost’s use of tape to create the sharp lines in contrast with the discrepancies in human error form yet another dichotomy.
Bost describes the experience of these works well, identifying his paintings as “limited tools for describing unlimited experience.” Similarly the inability to summarise these works with words can be described as the restriction of language to convey the limited tools for describing unlimited experience. Inspired from the landscape, the repetitive patterning of line over line over line alludes to the meditative process that accompanies the creation of these works. If called on to make a judgement this would lie in the ability of each painting to give a residual sense of their creation, communing a moment of calm and thoughts lost in the repetition of the patterning. They allow the viewer to settle on the present as the eye drifts over the allusions to familiar settings, such as the beach or a forest, encouraging contemplation within an urban setting.
Appreciation for these pieces thus arises in stages, after multiple viewings, prospering with each visit. Their concentrated display demands attention however there is something incongruent between Bost’s pieces, the colour of the walls and the other imagery in the café. The circumstances aren’t ideal for these bold, hypnotic works, however they assert themselves despite this. Bost attributes this to faith in the process of creation, whereby the absorbing act of repetitive painting transcribes into the overall effect of the finished piece.
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