Looking for Map of Magic Place

Bas Kosters

  • Fri, Jul 19 - Fri, Jul 26 2019
    Open on weekends
  • 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Opening Reception
    Fri, Jul 19, 19:00-21:30
  • Free entrance

“Loneliness truly fascinates me. How can you not be alone, and still feel alone, or be alone and not feel alone? The physical state can be so different from the emotional state. What is the truth in a situation like this, and does it even matter if there isn’t one?”

From July 19 until July 26, Amsterdam based artist and designer, Bas Kosters will take over UltraSuperNew Gallery and show his creations about the multifaceted characteristics of loneliness. For his solo exhibition, ‘Looking for Map of Magic Place’, the artist investigates in depth how it feels to be alone in in a large capitol and work by himself for two months on a subject that is omnipresent in the big city life.

The exhibition consists of mixed media. Bas works with gouache and Japanese ink on paper, a medium that he’s exploring for the first time. The works are text-driven, with short yet graphic one-liners about all the different facets of longing for emotional and physical contact. In a bold aesthetic and almost advertising manner, Bas articulates the emotions of missing, caring and loneliness. Furthermore, there will also be textile pieces. Bas Kosters is a trained fashion designer and has cultivated a love for using textile in his art.

“From a very personal point of view lead by intimate fascinations and emotions, yet still looking towards the outside world, I try to capture the different meanings of loneliness. There is a certain beauty in being isolated, in being in solitude: gentleness and modesty. I also see this is present in the Japanese culture.”

Artist Profile

With a Master’s Degree in Fashion Design from ArtEZ University of the Arts (2003) in his pocket, Bas Kosters set off on a thrilling safari into the world of fashion. However, it only takes a glimpse of his outspokenly colorful and remarkably consistent body of work to see that his stories go way beyond clothing propositions. In 2005, he established the Bas Kosters Studio in Amsterdam.

Even though Bas Kosters merely orbits the fashion industry like the alluring alien he is, he fully embraces fashion’s innate accessibility, which allows him to ease into people’s hearts and minds to work his magic. The unique performative quality of fashion enables people to express themselves without dictating anything. This is exactly what the multifaceted Bas Kosters is all about. His work is inextricably linked to his persona; it’s his ‘flow’. There is no plan, no marketing, no ego. Just his natural enthusiasm and genuine engagement with the world as it is.