“Happy is the tourist who has seen everything before the tourists arrive“ (Bernard Arcand, Canadian anthropologist)
For the second time, the Mazel Galerie is exhibiting Antoine Rose, this time with two new series realised in New York and in Sankt Mauritz. The title Insectarium evokes the sociological dimension of the work, which examines our human ‘anthill’ from an anthropologist’s viewpoint.
Anthony Rose is a Belgian artist born in 1974, who is already quite popular in galleries and public collections in the United States. Rose takes pictures from a helicopter, thus providing ‘a different view’ on our Western nomadism that cannot help but recreate its usual codes. His photos of sunbathers who spread their towels at a calculated distance from their neighbours, with whom they share the same outfits, on the same small area of white sand, are nothing but mundane. Sometimes compared to Massimo Vitali, a photographer famous for his pictures of crowded beaches, Rose takes a whole new look – more aerial, more abstract. The paintings of Antoine Rose are 2D Brueghel-like scenes seen from above featuring small dots of colour: we understand how burlesque and moving they are once we realise that he’s photographed, for example, skaters trying to keep their balance. There is something deeply human in these large formats because they capture everyday life, the things we do, our leisure activities … our often artificial attempts at changing our scenery that seem so relative when seen from above.
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