A Day Over Reaches
by Pato Bosich
Oil on Board
25.5 x 29.5 cm
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Behind the clouds, the immense ultramarine blue begins to reach us, the stream where we swim runs deep into an abyss, as if all memories were little boats that sail toward those isles where women play. The field of vision is wide, everything has been impregnated with a crisp silver light that makes every dream possible. In the Netherworld, another day overreaches.
This painting brings about voices and echoes of the Dutch sea landscapes together with the ‘bathers’ tradition, both canonical themes in the history of painting which are here given a new life from a contemporary sensibility.
This work is from the ongoing series, "Netherworld" which started in 2013 in which the artist introduce us to worlds of playful and dreamlike juxtapositions. Landscapes, characters, objects and situations are taken out of context, re invented and re scaled, transforming their interaction into poetic apparitions. In many ways the series can be also understood as a dialogue with the History of painting. This has been informed by his weekly visit to draw at the National gallery in London. Many a landscape of the Old Masters appear and interacts with memories and evocative fictions.
The sea appears constantly in this series, often as an allegory of the efficacy of time. they corrode, trespass and sooth substances and people, penetrating and destroying their form. The maternal vastness of the ocean continues beyond the horizon; it is the immense and inarticulable presence of time.The people in turn, inhabit spaces in continuous desegregation, knocked off their centre, lacking a stable identity, they are transformed into points of view which have lost their firmness. They are always what is about to become in landscapes where nothing is static and reality is in continuous change.