Structures for the unseen
17 May–12 July 2008
This solo exhibition consists of a new body of work including film, large scale drawings and a series of photographs taken in the harsh and vast Catalan Pyrenees. These pieces are shown alongside a selection of earlier works from Antas’ ‘Intervention’ series.
The ‘Intervention’ series feature photographs of low lying mist and clouds hovering in park landscapes. On first viewing the images appear absurd and make believe which, in many ways they are. Antas explains that the clouds were artificially created, mimicking nature and momentarily changing the landscape which he captures in a single frame.
During a residency in the Catalan Pyrenees, Antas created numerous fragile bird boxes and placed them amongst the landscape or stand alone on a mountain top. These structures were photographed in situ, the lack of inhabitants and poetic stillness emphasising the gap between the surroundings and ourselves, representing man’s failed attempt to converge with the landscape.
In a new video work Antas recorded the morning mist gently dispersing over a forest landscape in the Pyrenees. Ethereal loneliness echoes throughout this piece, which is only punctuated by a couple of birds flying over the tree tops. A selection of drawings is also included, and whilst these are monumental in scale they possess an ephemeral quality.
This exhibition has a sublime quality and romantic undercurrent, harking back to Romanticism. The works appear to be suspended in a moment that is devoid of life and action whilst a melancholic and poetic beauty resonates throughout.
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