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German artist Martin Kasper travels through time. Whether his paintings portray the future or the past, however, we cannot be sure. The imaginary foyers, restaurants, and living spaces may seem typical of post-war Europe in the 1950s and 1960s, yet they also reveal unexpected futuristic elements. Created by Kasper in rich orange and red tones, these spaces leave the viewer with an ambiguous understanding of time; it’s this elusive aesthetic that characterises his fascinating works.
Wide windows give us an almost panoramic perspective, whilst spiral staircases with glass steps lead us up into the unknown. The atmospheric compositions are packed with details from countless different interiors, with the experiences from journeys through Russia, the Ukraine, and Germany. Before beginning his large format paintings, Kasper begins by taking photographs of rooms and then proceeds to draft sketches. Layer by layer, the real life shots are transformed into painted works in a continual process of addition and redesign.
Kasper’s architectonic works betray no hint of human life. We search in vain for straggling visitors left behind in the theatres and restaurants; empty chairs and tables give the rooms a slightly theatrical quality and ensure the paintings from the “Moving Space” series occupy a middle ground between dreams and reality.
Martin Kasper studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, where he was also awarded grants. His works have already appeared in countless exhibitions, in particular in Germany and France, and can be found in the Frieder Burda Museum in Baden-Baden, Germany. In 2011, Kasper was appointed Lecturer at the Haute école des Arts du Rhin in Strasbourg, France.
1962 Born in Schramberg, Germany 1982 - 87 Studied Art at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, Germany 2002 IAAB residency in Montreal, Canada Christoph Merian Stiftung 2005 Cité Internationale des Arts residency in Paris, France 2011 - present Guest lecturer at the College of the Arts on the Rhine, Strasbourg, France Lives and works in Freiburg, GermanyCollectionsSammlung Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
MAMCS (Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg), FranceExhibitions
2012 Manfred Hamm & Martin Kasper, Kunstverein, Offenburg, Germany 2011 Martin Kasper – Zeiträume, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, Germany Martin Kasper, Galerie Eric Mircher Paris, France Martin Kasper – Malerei, Galerie Foth, Freiburg, Germany 2010 Alltag und Ambiente, Kunstverein Pforzheim, Germany 2009 Martin Kasper, Kunstverein Friedberg, Germany 2008 7 x 7, Städtische Galerie Offenburg, Germany 2007 Raumerinnern, Städtische Galerie Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany 2002 Nach der Wirklichkeit III – Painting on the Move, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland 2000 Martin Kasper – Treibstoff, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Germany