Big Blue Bouncy Ball 80 x 100 cm, guache on canvas, 2015
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 x 50 cm, guache on canvas, 2015
Yellow and Green Bouncy Ball with Ground 55 x 95 cm, guache on canvas, 2016
Checkered Bouncy Ball 40 x 50 cm, guache on canvas, 2015
Pink and Blue Bouncy Ball 40 x 50 cm, guache on canvas, 2014
Red Bouncy Ball 40 x 50 cm, guache on canvas, 2014