Galleria Heino, Helsinki
The project for Volta Basel will be a show of new photographs and a sculpture by Finnish born artist Axel Antas. 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. Together with forms from nature he has used his close family; son, brother, father and mothers’ hands. The material quality of the final image are 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 other work in the space is photographs 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 subject matter is drawing attention to the gap between the natural and the man made world.