Big Blue Bouncy Ball, 80×100 cm, guache on canvas, 2015, private collection
This series marks Pieter’s return to painting.
A fascination for the Bouncy Ball and more generally the projectile begins when the Red Bouncy Ball comes to rest at his feet. Upon picking it up he is struck with the urge to document this thing in paint. What follows is an intention to render these balls flat, iconic, and scaleless thereby allowing the viewer to focus on the individual surface compositions of the balls while leaving room for interpretation and meaning.
The identity of a projectile is derived from the fleeting moment in which it is put to use, and by definition into motion. In the Bouncy Ball series, the individual balls are displayed as isolated circles of colours, thus achieving a focused, monolithic state. The palette, based largely on primaries, is a faithful reproduction of the colours given to these rubber balls at the time of their manufacturing and fit the playful subject well. As with all of Pieter’s recent paintings, ambiguity is achieved by controlling the way in which the object is portrayed. It is literally a bouncy ball, but can be seen as something else.
The fascination for the projectile is continued most directly in the Slug series.
White Bouncy Ball, 40×50 cm, guache on canvas, 2015, private collection
Yellow-Green Bouncy Ball with Ground, 55×95 cm, guache on canvas, 2016, FOR SALE
Checkered Bouncy Ball, 40×50 cm, guache on canvas, 2015, private collection
Pink and Blue Bouncy Ball, 40×50 cm, guache on canvas, 2014, private collection
Red Bouncy Ball, 40×50 cm, guache on canvas, 2014, private collection