'Hydra life’ (2013) is Tobias Kapsar’s second solo exhibition with SILBERKUPPE following 'Living Well is the Best Revenge’ (2010). That previous exhibition suggested a cultural slippage between certain forward-thinking, fashion-conscious artistic circles gathered on the pre-War French Riviera, and art-conscious fashion-forward-a-nistas of the present. Fit for the city - art in the relentless pursuit of top form. This exhibition luxuriates in the textures, surfaces and surplus aesthetics of product marketing of an eternal now. Red-faced in a hotel bathroom, consumed by consumption, if for many, contemporary art has really become purely a niche global commodity should it not behave and represent itself more frankly as one? How and when does or should meaning and context reassert itself? What might be Pop art now?
The silent video 'Hydra life' (2013) is screening not in the gallery but displaced in a utility room in a cellar below, which formerly housed an oil tank. In the otherwise nude exhibition space are Hydra life adjuncts – a plexi-glass, box-hedge sculpture and lobby cards i.e. promotional stills from the film give a sense of occasion and mark points of access pointedly without delivering the goods but rather the idea of them.
2 March - 20 April 2013