Working within a span of different media – drawing, sculpture, performance, sound – which often mix and collide in the same works, Anastasia Ax has developed an artistic process that employs destructive forces to create something new. Each performance is a new performance. Each meeting between the performer and the audience, every destruction of the material at hand, points towards a situation of indeterminacy and free activity, where inner and outer can switch place. The role of ink in these activities is double-edged. It belongs to the world of drawing, the physical acts of filling out the white spaces. But the black ink has an element of poison and bile, melancholy and destruction as well. The raw energies connected with the splashing, the spitting out, the havoc, transform time from linear dimensions into circular moments: new thoughts and new communions can take shape, through the unpredictable openness of the situation. The beauty is a beauty of scars, traces, cavities.
Anastasia Ax has been invited to do a presentation of her recent work and further expand on the medium of performance through a personal perspective. The talk will be held in English and will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
Anastasia Ax (b.1979) lives and works in Athens and Stockholm. She studied at the Royal College of Art, Stockholm (2003-2006) and the Royal Danish Art Academy, Copenhagen (2000-2002). Recent solo and group exhibitions include Pan Theon, ActionBabySplash, Moderna Museet, Malmö (2015); Exile, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens (2014); The World As Of Yesterday, UNTITLED, Miami Beach (2014); Swallowed Fear, ISCP, New York (2013); Exile, SINNE, Helsinki (2013); Imagine Death, Swedish Energies, ISSUE Project room (2012); Step into the current, AM art-space, Shanghai (2012). In 2012, she was an artist in residence at International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York. Anastasia Ax has been nominated for the International Faber-Castell Drawing Award 2015.
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