VI, VII is pleased to participate in the inaugural edition of Basel in June with “The Japan Collection,” a solo presentation by Swiss artist, Tobias Kaspar.
Since 2015, Kaspar has worked closely with Jakob Schlaepfer, an esteemed textile manufacturer in St. Gallen, renowned for supplying luxurious fabrics to various haute couture fashion houses. For “The Japan Collection” Kaspar photographed embroideries from the company’s archives, which have been produced since the 1960s almost exclusively for the Japanese market — a market which was then opening up to western consumer goods.
Made in Switzerland, these opulent fabrics show figurative scenes and quote epochs and styles which are more reminiscent of Paris than Switzerland. Like Martin Margiela, who enlarged dolls’ clothes for his doll clothes collection in 1998, Kaspar has scaled these embroideries to nearly life-size figures so that each stitch, thread and disproportion becomes visible.
In this ongoing series the artist examines consumerism through documentary photography and textile design.
Joining these photographs is a sculpture of five Vitamilk boxes (Vitamilk, 2019) stacked to a meter in height, besides three bronze casts, hand-painted to look like real bottles.