Martin Kasper

‹Im Wechsel›

17.8. – 15.9.2018

Opening Thursday 16.8.2018, 18-20h

Curated by Maxe Sommer

Martin Kasper, «Passage 5», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 80 x 120 cm
Martin Kasper, «Metro 4», 2017, Öl auf Leinwand, 140 x 120 cm
Martin Kasper, «Schusev 3», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 120 x 200 cm
Martin Kasper, «Schusev 2», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 150 x 200 cm
Martin Kasper, «Schusev 1», 2017, Öl auf Leinwand, 150 x 200 cm
Martin Kasper, «Sofia 2», 2017, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 90 cm
Martin Kasper, «Metro 1», 2017, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 90 cm
Martin Kasper, «Metro 2», 2017, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 90 cm
Martin Kasper, «Korridor», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 150 cm
Martin Kasper, «Halle», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 300 cm
Martin Kasper, «Lieu caché», 2017, Öl auf Leinwand, 80 x 120 cm
Martin Kasper, «Garage 1», 2016, Öl auf Leinwand, 45 x 60 cm

Martin Kasper born in Schramberg (D) in 1962 lives and works in Freiburg im Breisgau. The artist can look back on a long exhibition activity in Germany and abroad and his works are represented in many well-known international collections.

Martin Kasper has been dealing with architecture and interiors for over two decades as a painter. In a constructive way, he uses the representation of interiors as an experimental field for artistic location determinations and paints portraits of spaces. In Kasper's spatial images, the viewer sees pictorial spaces that seem strangely familiar and thus arouse individual associations in the viewer. The painted spaces are usually deserted with a strong pull. 

Through his painting, he transforms architectural spaces into scenes of emotional well-being: spaces of emptiness, intellectual freedom, moments of tense calm and atmospheres of unconventional aura emerge. By means of tricks such as reflections or refractions, the painter emphasizes the fictionality of the spatial images, which he transforms into search images and thus underlines their ambiguity. Adding something or leaving it out or manipulating the proportions, these spaces seem realistic at first glance, but on closer inspection you can see that the original architecture has been alienated to the demands of painting and the many inconspicuous shifts merge into an artificial structure through which a subjective concept of space can be seen. Just as skilful Martin Kasper illustrates the subtlety of his imagery by taking pictures of his own works in new images again. Irritating is the effect of how the painted images interact with the spaces in which they occur.

In recent years, the artist has enriched his imagery with other means of expression. He uses oil paints instead of tempera paints, which enables him to intensify the color effect. The subdued color of the pictorial spaces is mixed with strong, colorful tones. The color offensive goes hand in hand with a form offensive. Invigorating disturbances crowd into the silent theater. The picture composition is subject to a process of painterly dynamisation. The artist is about to blow up the frame. The title of the exhibition Im Wechsel refers to this phase of reorientation. Painting has become freer, it no longer wants to let it sensation dictate primarily by the atmosphere of space. 

After Kasper was particularly attracted in the earlier pictures of architectural styles of the 1950s and 1960s, his painting is now developing in the same dynamic as the ever-changing appearance of urban living spaces.

The gallery Bernhard Bischoff & Partner is pleased to realize this exhibition in cooperation with the curator Maxe Sommer.



Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Pascal Danz - Works on Paper 2019
Bodo Korsig - Escape from Memory 2019
Kotscha Reist - Comptoire de Mystic 2019
Martin Kasper
Reto Camenisch 2018
Christian Denzler 2018
Martin Kasper - Im Wechsel 2018
Matchpoint 2018
Andrea Heller / Dominik Stauch 2018
Porter à l'envers 2018
Alfred Hofkunst 2018
Silvia Gertsch - Captured 2018
Winter Story 2017
Böniger / Indermühle 2017
Sereina Steinemann 2017
Xerxes Ach - inside outside 2017
Christian Indermühle - Glarea 2017
Peter Wüthrich 2017
Samuel Blaser - Skip the Pit Stop 2017
Filip Haag - Ins Auge 2017
Kotscha Reist - Painting As Usual 2017
Pascal Danz - Vor der Reise 2016
Laurent Schmid 2016
Freyschmidt/Merkisch/à Wengen 2016
Aquaréelles 2016
Com&Com - New works 2016
Reto Leibundgut - Clementine 2016
Erich Weiss feat. Otto Tschumi 2016
ABOUT PAINTING - PART II 2016
Dominik Stauch 2015
Christian Denzler - Neue Arbeiten 2015
Bodo Korsig - No regrets 2015
Filip Haag - Abrakadie & mehr 2015
Kotscha Reist 2015
Samuel Blaser 2015
Pascal Danz 2015
Elsbeth Böniger - Structures 2015
Catching Moments 2014
Now and Here 2014
(Hi)stories 2014
Summerproject 14
Com&Com - Sky 2014
Katia Bourdarel 2014
Otto Tschumi - Variationen 2014
Lorenz Spring - Spring im Winter 2014
En-lighted 2013
Reto Leibundgut 2013
Patterns 2013
Filip Haag - Oder nach Absprache 2013
Mit dem Körper sehen 2013
Samuel Blaser - Diptycha 2013
Originally Bern 2013
Zwischenspiel: PROGR In-House 2013
Kotscha Reist - Old Ideas 2013
Pascal Danz 2013
Dominik Stauch - Rhinestones 2012
Tiefen Wirkungen 2012
Summerproject 2012
On paper 2012
Com&Com - Clouds 2012
Arno Nollen 2012
Locking glass 2012
Raffaela Chiara - Transformer Kit 2012
X Years 2011
Dominik Stauch - Breathless 2011
Marius Lüscher 2011
Reto Leibundgut - Flora 2011
Kotscha Reist - Painting Life 2011
Microcosmes 2011
Elsbeth Böniger 2011
Laurent Schmid - Rope Tricks 2010
Reto Camenisch 2010
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