Since his beginnings as an artist, Philipp Gasser's focus has been on drawing. This is still the case today, when he mainly works as a media artist. Although his animations are staged as simple projections, they exert a physical "pull" on the viewer, reaching outside the image to draw us in. Like the majority of his installations, Der, der kommt, ist nicht der, den du erwartet hast (1999) presents a small, everyday story. People come towards us, wave but then narrowly pass us by: a staging of the theme of perception, about distance and proximity with a possible subtext of unsuccessful love affairs. Melancholy comes into play as well - failure as a motivator and source of art.
(Text: Claudia Spinelli and Sabine Schaschl)
Philipp Gasser (*1958), Chur, Switzerland, lives and works in Basel.
1989 – 1992 studies in audiovisual design, with a focus on experimental video, at the School of Design in Basel, since 1995 lecturer on digital media at Basel's Art Institute (HGK FHNW).