Casper Braat (1991) is a visual artist and art director based in Amsterdam. His work presents the common from a perspective of extravagance and is driven by a profound fascination with the contemporary world. No matter where one is (in the developed world and elsewhere), consumption is deeply entrenched into daily life. Consumer society values convenience, underlined by a desire for luxury, with a fetish for the new. In this world, brands reign supreme and have a powerful influence over the shape of culture.
Casper’s sculptures and installations are driven by a fascination for this reality. He glorifies the everyday by lifting the ordinary onto a pedestal. His work is made to last forever, memorialszing the excess of the present for the future.
His conceptual research manifests in simplistically sleek sculptures, installations and films. The work appears perfectly polished from the surface, but this sublime representation of reality is just a reflection of the everyday. Below this surface, the problematic aspects of this indulgent culture are plain to see and ask for the viewer to wait for the mirror to crack.
With the use of classical production methods and materials such as marble and gold, he elevates the common to the iconic.www.casperbraat.com