Left: Self-portrait 14, 2013 – Material: Silver 935, glas, oil – Dimensions: 60 x 40 x 20 cm
Centre: Attraction/Self-portrait 30, 2014 – Material: Video on Screen 27 minutes – Monitor dimensions: 100 x 65 cm or the work can be projected with a beamer (included)
Right: Book, 2007 – Bronze – Dimensions: 20 x 30 x 35 cm
Photographs: Erik en Petra Hesmerg
About the Artist
Caspar Berger (Utrecht, 1965), lives and works as a visual artist since 1992 in Amsterdam.
The genre of the Self-portrait, or portrait with mirror -ritratto allo specchio- as early modern Italian painters called it, is rare in the history of sculpture. Berger, equipped with all the modern conveniences, constantly keeps the genre of the Self-portrait under the microscope, putting the exploration of one’s own body and that of the world at the centre of his personal quest. He approaches the autonomous Self-portrait not only from its inherent technical and physical limitations, but also from historical, mental and social perspectives.
Attraction/Self-portrait 30 While seated the viewer can watch this video installation, which shows a reversed process of creation. In the video, silver-grey balloons with cast parts of Berger’s skeleton attached descend from a cloudy sky. Then the sun emerges, encouraging viewers to question if Man’s ‘place’ is actually between heaven and Earth.
Caspar Berger’s work can be seen in various private and museum collections at home and abroad.
Personal website artist:: www.casparberger.nl.