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“PINCIS WORK OFTEN DRAWS FROM PARADOX AND ABSURDITY A THREAD WHICH RUNS THROUGH HIS INSPIRATION AND PRODUCTION.”
(Vandenbrouck & Willis, 2017, p.6)
KSEROLOGY, a collection of typewritten artworks and installations by the London based artist Kasper Pincis. Pincis works predominantly on paper using old typewriters and photocopiers to experiment with the reproduction, reduction and diminishment of images and information. Pincis continues a tradition of abstraction, a revisitation of modernist ideas where no author is evident but paradoxically there is an overwhelming desire to recognise a 'true picture' behind his work. "They are open artworks so that many interpretations can offer a meaning. (Griffin, 2018, p.44)
Pincis’ chosen materials and tools relate directly to the idea of the office, so for Kserology the gallery has been transformed into a quasi-office space. Green municipal carpet tiles dissect the gallery and go up one of the walls which frames a series of new photocopied pieces "Eagle 1-8". They hint at the flooring in the Goldsmiths University Library where Pincis has created much of his work, as well as being ubiquitous office flooring. We have borrowed items from Pincis’ studio: a selection of typewriters, an entire antique encyclopaedia set, maps and ephemera used in the making of his work. These have been amassed into a stack that sits directly behind a large plinth framing his seminal new work, "Durer Reduced". The plinths scale and mass hint at the size of the photocopier which Pincis used to create this piece.
Kasper Pincis' work is the result of an isolated performative process which somehow needs an audience in which to complete it. His practice appears abstract even though it’s conceived from the practices of literature, academic theory and bureaucracy. Formal decisions in his working practice much like an algorithm are handed over to the less than perfect technology he chooses to use. Ironically, this old technology adds an element of chance as the materials and equipment begin to break down.
BOUT KASPER PINCIS: b. 1982. Lives and works in London. Graduated from Goldsmiths College, London and attended Royal Academy Schools, London from 2004-2007. Numerous galleries and museums have featured Pincis' work and his work is in the collections of Victoria and Albert Museum, London, National Art Library, London, The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami, Florida. It is also held in private collections throughout Europe and the U.K.
His work and practice has been featured in 'The Art of Typewriting.' by Marvin Marvin & Ruth Sackner, Steven Heller, Thames & Hudson, 2015 (ISBN 9780500241493' Typewriter art: a modern anthology' by Barrie Tullet Laurence King Publishers 2014 ISBN 9781780673479 Jerwood Drawing Prize- 2012 Catalogue edited by Anita Taylor and Parker Harris ISBN 978-1-908331-07-6
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