About Casper Aguila's works
Casper Aguila's work is representative of the fields of Conceptual and Figuration. Emerging as an art movement in the 1960s, Conceptualism has attracted a significant amount of controversy and debate, usually provoking intense reactions in its viewership. Conceptual art by essence implies that the idea behind the actual artwork is more valuable than the finished product itself. The research and strategies conducted by the artist represent the most significant part of the work, conceptual art thus strives to be an art of the mind, instead of appealing to the senses. Although it refers to art from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s, the origins of Conceptualism can be traced back to 1917, with Marcel Duchamp and his controversial artwork Fontaine, which tried to obliterate the boundaries between art and reality. Conceptual art is not as straightforward as other movements, as it uses an interdisciplinary approach, and the artworks can take the form of anything - from everyday objects to performances requiring audience participation.
Often seen as the opposite of abstraction, figurative art also subsists beyond just a simple representation of reality. Although it essentially signifies the ability to represent a real-world subject, the style, approaches and mediums that can be chosen by the artist are boundless, which gives figurative art the power to be truly innovative and radical. Some great examples of figurative art include Henri Matisse’s sculpture The Serf, or Pablo Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon.
Casper Aguila's work has most recently been exhibited at Alice Folker Gallery in Copenhagen (28 August 2019 until 31 August 2019) with the exhibition Exhibition for Enter Art Fair. Casper Aguila's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Together as one (05 June 2019 - 21 July 2019) at Alice Folker Gallery in Copenhagen and OFF-GRID (17 January 2019 - 02 March 2019) at Alice Folker Gallery in Copenhagen.
Historical Context of Denmark
As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been rather influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, which borders its southern frontiers. This sensibility is often mixed with the Nordic traits of restraint and melancholy in its arts. At the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark originated an extremely important painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Noted for his wistful and extremely sparse interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his ethereal depictions of light and shadow in modest, dignified interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a major country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Established in 1949, CoBrA's vivid colours and vibrant childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other critically acclaimed modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.