Ties Ten Bosch (NL, 1977)
My praxis is characterized by a provocative surrealistic approach of actual everyday traces that we leave behind. I integrate these banal tracks with social, political and current issues as a paradox and thereby alienate them from their everyday life. This often leads to works that result in an unceasing questioning of viewing habits and of sculpture itself. With these works, I create an alternative storyline of reality itself. It makes the viewer question everything that is part of our own presence. Although I try to grasp and control a certain process and method of working, I try to avoid understanding the outcome of my own work. I truly believe that in this way, the viewer has more chance to understand the work in his or her own way.
‘The better you know what the purpose of what you are making is, the less likely the viewer will be able to discover something in it for themselves.’
(Free translation borrowed from Micha Wertheim: Wat de beste kunstwerken met elkaar gemeen hebben: ze zijn mislukt /, decorrespondent.nl / 22 juni 2018)
In my practice, the subject is the starting point. This results in a wide variety of approaches, different mediums I work with and new aesthetic solutions to communicate my ideas. This is why, on first view, each series of works might look like they are made by different artists. But once you start to understand the way I look at the world, things will become obvious and clear.
In a practical sense, I use everything I see around me in my work. I take it, twist it, combine it and put it out in the world again. The series ‘conspiracies everywhere’ are based on official reports where secret information has been blacked out. While in ‘Skins of Berlin’ I use the aesthetic side of street posters and put them in an art- context by combing them with a monochrome painting. In this way, I disconnect them from their original function and meaning. The ‘coffee-series’ are based on a small article I read about the amount of paper coffee cups are used per hour in Berlin.
Since 2013 I work and live in and Berlin and ‘s- Hertogenbosch, after having Rotterdam as my home base for over 10 years. Besides working as an individual visual artist I am and have been involved in several artistic collaborations, such as: Volksrekorders (www. volksrekorders.com), hOUTSKOOL (an analog art-zine), the B.a.d-foundation (www.stichtingbad.nl) and currently with If Paradise Is Half As Nice (www.ipihan.com).
As an individual artist, I am represented by the Frank Taal Gallery in Rotterdam, Little Bird Place in Sofia and Lage Egal in Berlin.
TIES TEN BOSCH
1977, ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
Artist based in Berlin and ‘s-Hertogenbosch
12589, Berlin, Germany
Sint Jorisstraat 66
5211 HB ‘s-Hertogenbosch
+49 (0) 157 56728186
Rodenborch college Rosmalen, HAVO, 1989-1994
Rodenborch college Rosmalen, VWO, 1994-1996
TU Delft, Industrial designing, 1996-2000 (no diploma)
Willem de Kooning Academie, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2001-2005
2010-2015 guest-teacher at Willem de Kooning Academie.
2007-2012 Teaching for Kunstenaars in de Klas, Rotterdam
2007-2010 Initiator and participant of the Volksrekorders collective
2013-present Initiator and participant of the IPIHAN collective
2005-2013 Member of the B.a.d-foundation, Rotterdam
2009-2011 Initiator and editor of the art-zine hOUTSKOOL