Colanders, a kitchen utensil used to drain or separate foodstuffs; and a metaphor for sorting or separating more broadly. All four works installed in this first gallery underscore processes of selection, cataloguing and collection. For this new series, Bosmans asked several friends to count the number of holes in their colander and to measure the diameter of each hole. He used this information to create abstract portraits of his friends, reproducing precisely to scale the ‘holeyness’ of each circular utensil on rectangular panels. While the scale, format and grid-like pattern of each piece recall minimalist painting, Bosmans in fact silkscreens the motif onto enamelled steel plates that are leftovers from the production of advertising panels or street signs. He is particularly drawn to this material that was once ubiquitous in public space but which has become largely obsolete since taxes on advertising were introduced in Belgium in the 1950s.