Thomas Bayrle, Sloping Loafers/Smooth (2012)
Thomas Bayrle has been working since the mid-sixties and is now recognized as key figure in European ‘Pop Art’, sometimes referred to as Grey Pop. In Bayrle’s work, single units are replicated and stretched into a mass, describing a world suspended between positive collectivism and deadening uniformity. His varied practice has spanned painting, sculpture, fashion and graphic design. For Frieze Projects, Bayrle presented two patterned works along the entrance to the fair and in the public squares using designs originally conceived in 1967, derived from pairs of loafers in traffic- light colours and the Laughing Cow motif from the French processed cheese brand.
Thomas Bayrle (b. 1937) is a German artist based in Frankfurt/Main. Recent solo exhibitions include Air de Paris, Paris (2012); Dependence, Brussels (2011); Gummibaum and materials, Base Progetti per l’Arte, Florence (2010); Their Combination is Spectacular, Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva and I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore, Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona (both 2009). Group shows and projects include La Chaufferie, Strasbourg (2012) and Raven Row, London (2009).
Bayrle’s work for Frieze London was produced with support from Maharam.