The artistic practice of Kaspar Dejong (1995) consists of paintings, drawings and sculptures. His work often refers to everyday objects and imagery featuring elements from public space. Dejong strips them of their present function and deconstructs them up to the moment in which their original function is disrupted. In that way Dejong aims to confront the viewer with the so-called herd reflex of people, by creating a confrontation with a transformed version of reality.
He needs the spatial medium to be able to step beyond the frame of the canvas. Dejong has presented his work several times in remote construction sites, derelict buildings, and parking lots, where he draws the necessary inspiration for making his work. Even aesthetic codes and materials, such as concrete, steel, spray cans, scratches, dents, weather-stained traces, can be seen in his work, and in the spaces that are chosen to present the work.
The sculptures of Dejong often feature everyday objects in combination with epoxy and/or ceramic work. In his graduation project, ‘traffic gaze’ (2017), that was also on show at the corporate art collection of DSM in 2018, Dejong conducted an extensive investigation into traffic signals and dominant recurring structures in public space.
In order to get to the essence of these manipulative signals, Dejong strips them of their present function and deconstructs them up to the moment in which their original function is disrupted. In that way, Dejong aims to confront the viewer with the so-called herd reflex of people, by creating a confrontation with a transformed version of reality.
The paintings of Kaspar Dejong are minimalist in character and are situated between the minimal expressionism. Dejong draws a great source of inspiration from natural processes that make their entry in the artificial, or that which is made by humans. In his artistic practice, Dejong plays with these natural processes; he influences and changes them. In combination with his idiosyncratic images and colours, a new imagery arises that shows the contrast between the natural and the artificial.