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MARTIN KASPER
ECHOKAMMER

2014. When we met contemporary painter Martin Kasper for the preliminary to the solo exhibition Echokammer (Echo Chamber) at his studio in Freiburg we were instantly perplexed. The artist, best known for his paintings of deserted rooms or spaces, showed us his new works: full body portraits of people—floating in front of details of rooms of works nearby. The echo effect had begun.

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Sackers Gothic, Monotype Garamond

227 mm × 317 mm

116 pages, 1 foldout

Clothbound

English and German edition

Published by Hatje Cantz


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In antiquity empty places, like in Martin Kasper’s paintings, were not so empty at all. They were filled with all kinds of thoughts, they were used for the ars memoriae, the art of memory. Philosophers (and their disciples) made use of recognizable characteristics of a certain place or space, where, by imagination, they placed things they wanted to remember, so each time they recalled this certain place or space they could easily recapture the information left in this “memory palace”.

An experience, not so strange to us 21st centuryons. If with intention or by chance everyone of us knows this staggering moment when memories and associations and even emotions appear by simply viewing at a certain piece of an apparently naked wall.

Therefore in the book Echokammer each of Martin Kasper’s pantings is left alone, like classical plates on a double-spread. The visual reader can study them one by one, and she or he can generate echoes of the works (or their details) in his or her own “palace of memory”.

The cover of the book is clothbound, pure, with fine natural grey Dutch linen, reflecting the painting surface for Martin Kasper’s delicate tempera works. It comes with a half-sized dust jacket.

Literary texts by Inger Christensen and W. G. Sebald, which inspired Martin Kasper a lot, are placed in an extra chamber of the book, accompanied by details of Kasper’s paintings, echoing some of the main themes within the texts: the ghosts on the walls, and the phantoms of the past.


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