AXEL ANTAS
Interventions
26.11.2005 – 18.12.2005

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

 AXEL ANTAS

Of the artist's new video works, 'Formations Echoed' is truly a "child of the mist". Across Northern European landscapes shot in England and Denmark, artificial 'clouds' appear, as if by magic, only to disappear minutes later. Antas's pastoral interventions quietly animate the landscapes, rendering them momentarily strange and ethereal, before returning them to tranquil glades. The artist's series of large-scale monochrome photographs, collectively titled 'Whiteout' expand this theme. Long exposures bleach the images of colour so that we are left with pure luminosity and an evocation of the numinous. Each place hovers in and out of focus, preventing us from grasping the spatial order of the scene and rendering it akin to an after-image, or a distant memory which we can only hazily recollect. As the artist notes, "the colour white has a strange effect on us; it works on a physical level, in a different way to darkness but with the same effect."

Antas's Tree Structure -drawings are overwhelmingly physical often to the point of monumentality, and yet ethereal and ephemeral. Floating away from the wall or in white frames, they appear gossamer-light rather than solid objects; moreover, the entire paper surface becomes activated and rather than pulling our eye around the picture surface, so that we are invited to return the most intense and contemplative gaze.

Antas works with tonally close 'figure' and 'ground' elements which allow us to be absorbed slowly and delicately into vast, unmeasurable imaginary spaces. Once immersed in these imaginary places, our eyes are set free to wander and roam. In addition, the combination of encountering an unknowable scenario and Antas ' s subtle range of light grey tones allows each work to entangle a sense of grace and threat: our visual pleasure is offset by consternation. In the artist's 'Tree Structure' drawings, the scenes also resemble the aftermath of an unknown disaster.

Alistair Robinson

Siirry sivun alkuun
antas/2005/Brume

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

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

antas/2005/Echoes2

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

antas/2005/Echoes4

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/Butterfly

Butterfly, 2005
DVD
edition 5

antas/2005/HayCubes

Hay cubes 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/River

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

antas/2005/CaravanSite

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

antas/2005/Fence

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

antas/2005/Apparition

Apparition, 2005
pencil on paper
66 x 66 cm

antas/2005/Hollow

Hollow, 2005
pencil on paper
48 x 38 cm

antas/2005/GentleRuin

from series Gentle ruin, 2005
pencil on paper
82 x 66 cm

antas/2005/Ghost

Ghost, 2005
pencil on paper
86 x 66 cm

antas/2005/TreeStructureBN

Tree structure (Branches & Nodes), 2005
pencil on paper
171 x 190 cm

antas/2005/TreeStructureWF

Tree structure (Order of Things), 2005
pencil on paper
192 x 207 cm

antas/2005/TreeStructure_close-up

Tree structure (Branches & Nodes), 2005 (detail)
pencil on paper
171 x 190 cm

 
 
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