ABOUT THE ARTIST
Koos Van der Wat (b. 1985) is an Artist from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Kossy World is the conceptual culmination of his vision to introduce an alternate paradigm to this planet, filled with a new set of cultures and attractions. Through the process of painting, many of the symbols and structures arise that inform this vision. The paintings serve as windows to an intricate quantum reality that exists outside of human perception. Whether on the macroscopic or microscopic level, they are like snapshots of this ever-flowing electromagnetically animated dreamscape.
He is the grandson of the Artist Hannatjie Van der Wat, who has had an influence on his unashamed use of colour and transcendent futuristic outlook, as well as his interest in extra-terrestrial experiences after she gave him her friend Elizabeth Klarer's book 'Beyond the Light Barrier'. The idea that alien contact can be personal and that strange alternate propulsion systems might be possible, sparked in him the idea that has eventually led to Kossy World being a destination for mass extra-terrestrial visitation with its own corporate hierarchy and systems to navigate a new civilizational leap into the interstellar domain. His aesthetic intent is to provide tangible experiences from this other world, whether it is walking amongst Super Excellent Silos, wearing a Neptunist pendant or watching a Uranus Televisie blockbuster movie.
He has exhibited widely in group exhibitions at well-known South African galleries and competitions such as Spier and Sasol New Signatures, and in 2018 he completed a residency at Chateau Orquevaux Residency in France.
2008 : Cosmic Materialism at the Picture Workshop, Parkview, Johannesburg
2009 : Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Gallery
2011 : Group Exhibition - "The Whatness of Allhorse", Pretoria
Group Exhibition - Jan Celliers Kuns Uitstalling, Johannesburg
2012 : Group Exhibition - "Friday the 13th Art Music Exhibition, JHB Group Exhibition - 'Flights of Fancy', Pretoria
2013 : Year Zero : King Kong, Johannesburg (April 17)
Group Exhibition - Liminal Space, Pretoria
2014 : Group Exhibition - Death Pegasus Listening Party,
Kalashnikovv Gallery, JHB
Geocorporolitica, The Boiler Room, Braamfontein JHB
The...Ism, Newtown, Johannesburg
Group Erotic Exhibition, Cape Town
2016 : Group Exhibition - Gallery on 6th, Parkhurst, Johannesburg
2017 : Blue Lies, White Truths - Performance Art, WITS, Johannesburg
2018 : Chateau Orquevaux Art Residency, France
Ghost Gallery, Seattle USA
Dunkelder Theater, Johannesburg
Ten Years of Transcendental Art, Kossy Outdoor Gallery, JHB
2019 : Eglaf Arts Collective, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Ten Years of Transcendental Art, Parkview, JHB
Kunst Van de Toring, Parkview, JHB
Gallery on 6th, Parkhurst, JHB
Transcendental Art Explored, Parkview, Johannesburg
In Dialog : Xenophobia, Johannesburg