Lasse Antonsen: Nocturama
June 1 - June 30
Artists' Reception- Saturday June 1, 5:00-7:00pm
Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present Nocturama: Lasse Antonsen.* Antonsen is known for creating conceptual works that juxtapose concepts, images, and objects in curious collections. In this exhibit, a number of Antonsen's projects are featured; the allure and significance of each individual work is enhanced in contrast with the others.
Lasse Antonsen will exhibit works in many forms at his June exhibit at the Shattuck including: photographic images resulting from the overlay of antique magic lantern slides with household plants and objects, cabinets filled with dried or synthetic plants, installed architectural ruins, and taxidermic creatures.
His work is rooted heavily both in historical and socio-political themes and his own life experiences. Antonsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1947, and has studied and exhibited all over the world, accumulating objects, stories, and inspirations along the way. His most recent work was produced in an artist's residency in Leipzig, Germany.
Antonsen worked for many years as a poet and a curator, and brings the sensibilities from these two disciplines into his artwork. As a poet, Antonsen harnesses the complexity of narrative, contrast, and unanswered questions to imbue his work with power and significance. As a curator, he knows the impact of collecting and arranging seemingly related or unrelated subject matter. His work is thoughtful, careful, and is unique in that it is as robustly intellectual as it is hauntingly amusing.
*A nocturama is a section of a zoo where daylight and nighttime are artificially swapped so that visitors may observe nocturnal animals during open hours.