The work of Kaspar Dejong (1995) consists of paintings, drawings and sculptures. Only recently graduated from the Willem de Kooning academy, his working method seems timeless. His approach is to confront the viewer with a transformed version of reality. Just as the expressionists distorted images into an expression and minimalists reduced forms to materials, Dejong uses images from our daily life in a new manner. He deconstructs our everyday objects and images until the moment when their original function is disrupted.
The viewer is confronted with a wry image, it is something recognizable, but seems to have been torn from his original context.
Dejong makes paintings in combination with sculptures. These forms are in a dialogue with his paintings. His paintings are both minimalistic and expressionistic of character, two contradictory expressions combined on a canvas. We can see this contrast in his sources of inspiration. Dejong is fascinated by natural processes that make their appearance in the artificial, that is to say; where human involvement can be seen. These natural processes are altered by Dejong, and combined with his distorted images and use of color, these form a new language. He also uses ruined buildings and parking spaces to get inspiration. These are things built by people and now slowly broken down again by a natural process. The aesthetics of these places, both in appearance and in the material, are literally used in his work. Elements such as scratches and dents and materials such as concrete, steel and spray paint can often be find among his works.
The sculptures have the same subject, so they coincide with his paintings. Often based on everyday objects, they turned into useless objects made of epoxy and / or ceramics. In his exhibition 'traffic gaze' (2017), presented and partly acquired by DSM's corporate collection, the starting point was the visual language of traffic signs. He distorted these so that the viewer was made to think about these specific objects in our public space.