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

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Works

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 - 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 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