Kasper De Vos

Kasper De Vos

In his studio, Kasper De Vos' collages, drawings and sculptures built a colorful and rather uncanny environment where vibrant imaginary landscapes were deeply rooted down by everyday absurdities. A visual storyteller, De Vos utilizes serendipity, surprise and salvaged social remnants as key elements in his process. Materials and idea are gathered on the natural route of any given day, and classical sculptural forms (such as base, bust, and body) are incorporated into odd combinations of contemporary throwaways.

A bulk of his artistic production, including miniature utopian mock-ups and works on paper, are classified as studies for future sculptures. Everything is material for something else and these sculptures tend to be constructed from found and frequently perishable materials; leftovers that De Vos transforms to make humorous reflections on the awkward intersections between culture and consumerism. Sandwiches become tables, plastic water bottle crates act as the base of temples, and raves are reduced to totemic systems (what de Vos called "Native Kitsch") as elements from the artist's environment are removed from their habitat and reassembled. Throughout his practice, De Vos flirts playfully with filth, cloaking serious social issues with a light hearted type of Trojan horse aesthetic where basic colors and forms carry questions about materials, motivations and social phenomena. He is a sculptor who seems to want to give away an object's secrets.

As recurring elements in his daily routine, folklore and food play a significant role in his practice and the artist's fascination with the latter goes beyond eating, leading him to activities like dumpster diving and selling vegetables every Friday in the market place. These experiences offered reminders that what we eat is usually coupled to what we buy and that while our dinner may speak to familiarity, folklore, pleasure and cultural pride, it also addresses economic and social contradictions like starvation and systemic overproduction that further contributes to mountains and mountains of waste.

De Vos seems to have a lot of fun diving into those mountains and takes his lessons from the market to heart when he explains that "part of the work is clearly about selling food and how to present it."
Harlan Levey

Artworks

Sense of Balance, 2018
320 x 125 x 25 cm

Kasper De Vos
Fingerspitzengefühl - Minus, 2018
Modelling wax connected with vinyl insulation tape and electric wire on plastic mobile phone
36 x 20 x 25 cm

Kasper De Vos
Belgian Sunset, 2017
Video Loop
6 minutes 20 seconds
edition of 6 and 1 A.P.

Kasper De Vos
Vuilnis Drager, 2017
Plastelina, metal, plastic dumpster bag, concrete, fabric
155 x 56 x 40 cm

Kasper De Vos
Studie naar de anatomie van het zijn, 2017
Plastelina, metal, fabric, studio objects
175 x 25 x 25 cm

Kasper De Vos
Water wast wat was, 2018
Metro line parts, polyester resin, bronze pigment with sleeve, water tap on metal tube, fabric european umbrella and a glass light ball
330 x 90 x 90 cm

Kasper De Vos
Antenna, 2017
Impregnated wood, cutted building blocks, isolation plastics, coat rack base, heating tubes, vacuum cleaner hose, Italian mid century back rest and a empty Westmalle triple bottle
360 x 50 x 40 cm

Kasper De Vos
Frankfurther Lotus, 2017
Two table bases compressing two Frankfurter sausage jars supported by four wire rods, umbrella base, coat rack top, crowned with plastic water pipes, metal tube and plastic bottle
320 x 45 x 45 cm

Kasper De Vos,
Urinoir, 2014
Wood, frigoliet, acril hars, metal, drainage
95 x 150 x 83,5 cm

Kasper De Vos
Fingerspitzengefühl - Grouding, 2018
Modelling wax connected with vinyl insulation tape and electric wire on plastic mobile phone
17 x 26 x 42 cm

Kasper De Vos
Fingerspitzengefühl - Plus, 2018
Modelling wax connected with vinyl insulation tape and electric wire on plastic mobile phone
30 x 30 x 34 cm

Kasper De Vos
Waiting, 2017
Charcoal, wax crayon, latex paint
180 x 100 cm

Kasper De Vos
Dancing, 2017
Charcoal, wax crayon, latex paint
180 x 100 cm

Kasper De Vos
Dancing drawings, 2018
Marker on paper
87 x 62 cm

Kasper De Vos
Dancing drawings, 2018
Marker on paper
87 x 62 cm

Kasper De Vos,
Proposals for new spiritual heroes, 2016 - 2017
Paper cuts on butcher paper
44 x 148 cm

Kasper De Vos, Aanschouw (2016)
Middelheim museum Antwerpen
creatie wedstrijd Middelheim promoters

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