LASSE ANTONSEN: GENESIS, PART ONE

17 DECEMBER 2020 - 4 MARCH 2021

Zephyr and Maize is happy to announce a two-part exhibition of works by Lasse Antonsen. Antonsen was born in Copenhagen in 1947, and studied art at the Experimenting Art School (1963-64) with Poul Gernes, Per Kirkeby and the art historian Troels Andersen, and art and creative writing at Kunsthøjskolen in Holbæk with Poul Borum and Inger Christensen.
In the late 1970s, he studied art history at Copenhagen University, to later pursue his education in the US at Harvard University Extension and Tufts University. He received an MA in art history from Tufts in 1986.
Antonsen continued his artistic practice through the years of active involvement in art history research, curatorial practice, education and writing.
Genesis: Part One brings together two pivotal and never previously shown to public series of works by Antonsen, Frankl’s Coat, I-IV and The Kyoto School. Within the colourful and multi-layered works, we discover a variety of creative vocabularies and approaches to form and construction, while Antonsen’s use of asymmetry and bright colours create a distinctive visual language which just as well recalls Modernist painting.

 

Written and curated by Varia Serova

 

Frankl’s Coat, I-IV

‘The series is named for the Austrian psychotherapist and writer, Victor Frankl, who was deported to Auschwitz during World War II. Fearing he would lose any valuables once he arrived, he had sewn the pages of a manuscript on Logotherapy - a method of analysis he had developed - into the lining of his coat, in the hope the manuscript would survive. After arrival, everybody was ordered to take off their clothes, and Frankl never saw his coat again. 

A title usually comes to me while I am working on a specific piece. In this instance, however, I knew the subject matter from the beginning, and saw the columns in each of the works as a vertical row of hidden pages inside the coat’s lining.’ 

Lasse Antonsen about the Genesis: Part One

 


 

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The Kyoto School

 

'The Kyoto School of Philosophy was a group of early to mid 20th century Japanese philosophers who were influenced by, and continued, the conceptual framework of Continental European philosophy, especially Phenomenology and Martin Heidegger. 

 

Unlike the Continental philosophers who worked within the framework of Christian thought, the Japanese philosophers approached ideas and concepts from within a Zen Buddhist and Shintoist framework.

 

In this series I created the shapes for the first work intuitively, and then recreated the same shapes (more or less) for the other two, while using different Kantha patterns. The black lines and shapes are related in all three works, but in II and III they are referencing and improvising the lines of the first.'

Lasse Antonsen about the Genesis: Part One

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