VOLTA 2019Basel, Sveitsi 10. - 15.6.2019

Lost to sight (Dusky Seaside Sparrow), 2019
C-print
98 x 74 cm
editio 5 + 2AP

AXEL ANTAS 

AXEL ANTAS ARTSY-sivustolla

Finnish artist Axel Antas is showing two new photographic series at Volta Basel. The concept of the project is looking at copies and the act of copying as a means of understanding and relating to our physical world around us. The material playfulness is combined with a look at our conception, relationship and experience of our immediate surroundings. The work suggests a possible gap between the physical and the experiential worlds.

Both digital and analogue capturing, rendering, printing and casting techniques have been used to create the work. Antas is interested in the cross over and merging of traditional techniques with current ones, such as photogrammetry and 3d printing. Together with forms from nature he has used his close family; son, father and mothers’ hands. The photographs in themselves are also a hybrid of techniques where Antas travelled to Japan to create the pictures in one of the last remaining workshops still using the old technique; Collotype. The material quality of the final image is as important as the image itself. The complexity of the processes used are contrasted by the resulting images in their minimalistic and poetic form containing a range of history in terms of making, materials and aesthetics. 

The series Lost to sight is using 3d rendered birds that have been declared extinct in the last 20 years. The work bridges gaps between past and present both materially and with the subject. The work emphasises the physical gap between us and the world around us. 

Two large colour photographs from the series Kaleidoscope Landscape are taken in Mexico of migrating butterflies. These butterflies have travelled from America over 4500 km to spend the winter before they return back from where they started. The migration takes 4-5 generations to get from A to B and back again, an ongoing fluid journey through generations. The photographs are accompanied by the work Kaleidoscope Landscape (drop)  inspired by the phenomena of the mass migration of butterflies. The form of the sculpture is taken from nature and oversaturated with digitally printed butterflies sticking onto the shape, like bees stuck to their nest, bordering between beauty and abject. 

The multidisciplinary artist Axel Antas (b. 1976, Finland) lives and works in Finland. He studied at The Nordic School of Art, Kokkola, Finland (1997), before taking a B.A. at Goldsmiths College, London, UK (2000). Most-recently he completed the Villa Snäcksund Residency Program, Pro Artibus, Ekenäs, Finland (2016). 

Recent solo exhibitions include Long Player and Format, Malmö, Sweden (all 2016); Long Player, Sinne, Helsinki, Finland (2015); Natural High Frequency, Galleria Heino, Finland (2014); New to nature, Rokeby gallery, London UK (2011); and Geometry of Place / Obstucted Views, Hippolyte Galleria, Helsinki, Finland (2010).  

Select group exhibitions include upcoming project at the North Coast Art Triennale / Heritage in Denmark, which will open in June and past exhibitions include Green Land, Kerava Art Museum Sinkka, Kerava, Finland; From Heino With Love, Helsinki Art Museum, Finland; Alchemy Film festival, Hawick, Scotland; and Vienna Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (all 2016); Sato – Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Sibbo, Finland (2014); Force of Nature: Picturing Ruskin’s Landscape, Millennium Gallery, Museums Sheffield, UK (2013); Dark Hours | Fixed Space, & Abet, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (2012); Reflective Shadow, Ordrupgaard Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark; In Arcadia, IMT Gallery, London, UK; and The Drawing Room, London, UK (all 2011).  

His work is featured in public and private collections including: Heino Art Foundation (Helsinki), Helsinki Art Museum, Houthoff Buruma (Netherlands), Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki), Pro Artibus (Finland), Saastamoinen Foundation (Finland), Wihuri Foundation (Finland) and the Zabludowicz Collection (London).

 

 


 
  • volta/2019/AXEL_ANTAS_LOST_TO_SIGHT_BLACK_FACED_HONEY_CREEPER_2019

    Lost to sight (Black-faced Honey-creeper), 2019
    C-print
    98 x 74 cm
    editio 5 + 2AP

  • volta/2019/AXEL_ANTAS_LOST_TO_SIGHT_DUSKY_SEASIDE_SPARROW_2019

    Lost to sight (Dusky Seaside Sparrow), 2019
    C-print
    98 x 74 cm
    editio 5 + 2AP

  • volta/2019/AXEL_ANTAS_LOST_TO_SIGHT_LEAST_VERMILION_FLYCATCHER_2019

    Lost to sight (Least Vermilion Flycatcher), 2019
    C-print
    98 x 74 cm
    editio 5 + 2AP

  • volta/2019/AXEL_ANTAS_TACTILE_ECHOES_III_2018

    Tactile Echoes III, 2018
    collotypia japanilaiselle washi-paperille
    67 x 57,5 cm (kuva 28,6 x 23,5 cm)
    editio 5

  • volta/2019/AXEL_ANTAS_TACTILE_ECHOES_II_2018

    Tactile Echoes II, 2018
    collotypia japanilaiselle washi-paperille
    67 x 57,5 cm (kuva 28,6 x 23,5 cm)
    editio 5

  • volta/2019/AXEL_ANTAS_TACTILE_ECHOES_I_2018

    Tactile Echoes I, 2018
    collotypia japanilaiselle washi-paperille
    67 x 57,5 cm (kuva 28,6 x 23,5 cm)
    editio 5

  • volta/2019/AXEL_ANTAS_KALEIDOSCOPE_LANDSCAPE_II_2019

    Kaleidoscope Landscape II, 2019
    C-print
    154 x 202 cm
    editio 5 + 2AP

  • volta/2019/AXEL_ANTAS_KALEIDOSCOPE_LANDSCAPE_I_2019

    Kaleidoscope Landcape I, 2019
    C-print
    154 x 202 cm
    editio 5 + 2AP

  • volta/2019/AXEL_ANTAS_KALEIDOSCOPE_DROP_C_PRINT_2019

    Kaleidoscope (Drop), 2019
    C-print
    154 x 121 cm
    editio 5 + 2AP

 
 
 
 
 
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