Paris photo 2006
16.-19.11.2006, Carrousel du Louvre /Salle Soufflot, stand L4

Distant low lying cloud formation, 2005
C-print
90 x 114 cm
edition 5

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AXEL ANTAS

 

Lost in the Woods

Heavy like weights, balloons hang from a tree, nearly pulling its branches down. In another image the balloons reach up, as if attempting to pull the dead tree of the ground. Works like these, Tree Structure 1 & 2 from the series Interventions (2005), by Axel Antas present us nature that is slightly manipulated. With touches that are often less noticeable than the balloons the scenes are subtly pushed into a frame of signification. Photographs and drawings by Antas draw, thus, attention to the processes in which nature becomes visible and meaningful to us.

In front of the works from Interventions-series I find myself in the woods, surrounded by clusters of trees and open parkland between them. Lush greenery frames my view in some images, while in others the trees and the grass are dotted with dry leaves, yellows and browns. I am enclosed in the varying shades of green. There are no grand vistas, no spectacular sceneries. Instead, the spaces I enter as a viewer are places of events. Patches of fog share the clearings in the woods with me. It appears like cotton wool wrapped around a tree trunk in Cloud Formation Suspended. The fog hangs, immaterial yet opaque and impenetrable. In Echoes 1-5 it seems to be rolling slowly towards me over the grass. When the rays of sun hit the fog in Forest Mist with Light Beam the magic becomes pronounced - the clouds seem to mark points, where something is about to emerge. Or, where something has just vanished, leaving as its trace merely a puff of smoke. I am left standing there, before or after the event.

In the Whiteout-series (2004-2006), I find some wide-open views over landscapes. But only after peering into milky whiteness for some time, moving around in front of the large prints as if searching for a way in through the veil of white. Even in its semi-transparency the fog here appears smooth and solid, thick and heavy. Is the cloudiness in my eyes or in the view? Or is it between me and the landscape, like stuff that binds us together yet keeps us apart. I cannot be absorbed into the world seen through the window of the photograph, yet in order to see it at all I have to draw closer. I am drawn to it. I keep on adjusting my position in relation to the image, in order to see.

With this veil over them the landscapes seem far away, distant and untouchable. They have lost some of their materiality and clear spatial coordinates, the usual anchors for viewing and reading. In the Interventions, then again, the fog forms blind spots in the scenes swallowing bits of the visible spaces. In nature fog makes distances disappear, it comes close and brushes against. Fog threatens, because one may get lost in it, lose ones sense of detachment from and control over the surrounding space, and become one with it. In fog the space becomes intimate.

Hovering between magic and manipulation, capture and production of nature, these works by Antas make us question what we see in the green spaces around us. They challenge vision, make it aware of its limits, its own position in the middle of the scene. The fog with all its near-supernatural romantic associations and the near-blank canvas calling for projections while, simultaneously, tempting one closer - both draw attention to what happens between the viewer and the view. It is in this close encounter that the events of the scenes take place.

Taru Elfving (on Axel Antas / Paris photo 06)

Siirry sivun alkuun
antas/2005/CloudFormation

Low lying cloud formation captured, 2005
C-print
90 x 114 cm
edition 5

antas/2005/WaterDroplets

Formation of water droplets suspended, 2005
C-print
90 x 114 cm
edition 5

parisphoto/05Lightbeam

Forest mist with light beam, 2006
C-print
90 x 114 cm
edition 5

parisphoto/03Mid-air

Cloud formation suspended, 2006
C-print
114 x 90 cm
edition 5

parisphoto/04Distant

Distant low lying cloud formation, 2005
C-print
90 x 114 cm
edition 5

antas/2005/Echoes2

from series Echoes, 2005
C-print
52 x 52 cm
edition 5

antas/2005/Echoes4

from series Echoes, 2005
C-print
52 x 52 cm
edition 5

antas/2005/Echoes3

from series Echoes, 2005
C-print
52 x 52 cm
edition 5

parisphoto/Echoes04

from series Echoes, 2005
C-print
52 x 52 cm
edition 5

parisphoto/Echoes05

from series Echoes, 2005
C-print
52 x 52 cm
edition 5

antas/2005/Brume

Brume, 2005
C-print / diasec
140 x 140 cm
edition 5

parisphoto/Tree_structure1

Tree structure I (Unbearable lightness), 2005 (diptych)
C-print
38 x 43 cm
edition 5

parisphoto/Tree_structure2

Tree structure II (Unbearable lightness), 2005 (diptych)
C-print
38 x 43 cm
edition 5

antas/2005/CaravanSite

Caravan site from series Whiteout, 2004-2005
C-print / diasec
150 x 175 cm
edition 5

antas/2005/River

River from series Whiteout, 2004-2005
C-print / diasec
150 x 175 cm
edition 5

parisphoto/Whitout_hill

Hill from series Whiteout, 2004-2005
C-print / diasec
150 x 175 cm
edition 5

antas/2005/House

House from series Whiteout, 2004-2005
C-print / diasec
150 x 175 cm
edition 5

antas/2005/HayCubes

Hay cubes from series Whiteout, 2004-2005
C-print / diasec
150 x 175 cm
edition 5

 
 
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