AXEL ANTASInterventions

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

 
  • 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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