Tobias Kaspar

Untitled, 2016
Neoprene, reflective fabric
175 x 135 cm (68 7/8 x 53 1/8 in.)

Tobias Kaspar’s work "Untitled", apparent monochromes but at the same time delicate abstract geometric patterns,  evokes a black and grey version of Richard Paul Lohse’s colourful concrete and constructive art. The work "Untitled" could have been titled ‚City Life‘ as an effort to capture in an abstract way our current production, working and living situation in an ever changing economy, surrounded by 21st century issues of “where are you moving next”, disconnectedness, and the  anxieties permeating our contemporary lives. For the production of "Untitled" Tobias Kaspar worked closely with a Swiss fabric manufacturer, who is known as a supplier for haute couture brands. The fabric used is a two- component material, made of neoprene and reflector material (grinded ground glass) which surface is distressed by laser. Tobias Kaspar developed a series of abstract geometric patterns for this work. Through the quality of the material and patterns, they produce a very strong optical effect. Looking from the side, the pattern disappears. A full overview is almost not possible. These effects evokes kinetic art - an art that contains movement perceivable by the viewer or depends on motion for its effect. Canvas paintings that extend the viewer's perspective of the artwork and incorporate multidimensional movement are the earliest examples of kinetic art.