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Axel Antas' practice encompasses photography, drawing, video and site-specific interventions. However, regardless of medium, recent work further develops what could be considered the artist's interest in the relationship between man, nature and our surroundings, in a manner that translates and transgresses our understanding of our immediate environment.
Antas has repeatedly used the landscape in which he directly intervenes as a way of measuring and understanding man's relationship to a given space. A recurring theme within the work is the slippage between our experience of, and understanding of our immediate surroundings. The artist attempts to assimilate, connect with or emphasise the distance between the individual and our surroundings.
Throughout the artist's practice is an overriding mood of meditative significance; Antas places emphasis on existential questioning and our interest in, response to and relationship to, the wider natural world. The transitory aspect of his work suggests the fragility and fleeting nature of life, however the repetition of the artists actions throughout the work nods towards the repetitive nature of life and our continued attempt to make sense of the world.
The work of Axel Antas has been exhibited internationally; recent solo exhibitions include Invention of Solitude at HIAP Gallery, Helsinki and Structures for the Unseen at Spacex Gallery, Exeter. His work has been seen in recent group exhibitions at De Vishal exhibition centre, Haarlem and the Stedelijk Museum, Lier, Belgium, LABoral,Centro de Arte y Creación Industria, Gijon, The Drawing Room, London, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth and Fruehsorge, Berlin. Work is held in private and public collections including Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Saastamoisen säätiö, Kuopio Art Museum, the Helsinki City Art Museum, The Zabludowicz Collection and The Sanders Collection.
|Axel Antas is represented by Rokeby.
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