Tobias Kaspar was born in 1984 and lives in Rome.
Kaspar’s practice is informed by an interest in how object, image, text, form and content relate to each other. In this regard Kaspar’s artworks are an ongoing investigation of the semantic connotations of images and objects. The media photography and it’s pre- and representation are an continous centre point of his reflection. Fabric and garments are returning motifs along with issues concerning identity building and so-called ‘subjectivity’ in our society. Kaspar’s work raises questions about how to behave in today’s mainstream society; how, when and under what circumstances, one can curve out a space of one’s own, and thus question this very ambition in itself. Kaspar work exemplifies a strategy that uses appearance in different economies to reflect and question the artist’s own position and the position we are in at large. Through juxtaposition it offers insights into how different systems of value production function.
Since 2012 the artist has his own namesake jeans line and is co-founder of the eight-issue magazine Provence. In 2015 Tobias Kaspar inaugurated the Toby’s Tristram Shandy Shop in Berlin, presented the installation and performance NY 1995 at ART Basel and participated at the Berlin Esoteric Fair. Kaspar also recently designed the costumes for choreographer Adam Linder’s ballet ‘The Parade’ (2013), which premiered the same year at the HAU Theatre in Berlin.
Looking at this multifaceted practice and body of work to date one might understand that at the core of his investigation is the notion of ‘the artist’, taken as an exemplary figure, as well as their context. Yet this artistic practice consciously again and again alludes an exact categorisation in the very moment one thinks to grasp it.
Tobias Kaspar’s artworks are often conceived as larger bodies of works and bare titles such as Lumpy Blue Sweater (2010), Bodies in the Backdrop (2012), The Bling Ring (2013), Friends, Lovers & Financiers (2014) and Two Cities – Two Lives (2015) and have among others been on view at the following institutions: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2016), Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2015), Solo Shows, São Paulo (2015), CAFAM Biennale, Beijing (2014), Kunsthalle Wien (2014), Kunsthalle St. Gallen (2014), Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2013); Artists Space, New York (2013), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012), Kunsthalle Zürich (2011), Kunsthalle Basel (2011), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2010).