Hütte’s photographs of interiors in Venice show intricate spatial relationships involving doors, mirrors, and windows. Light coming in through the windows is reflected off ceilings, walls, and floors in very different ways, revealing its varied qualities. The photographs expose a range of effects from the finest details to a glaring backlight. Hütte has printed some of the Venice interiors on glass which is then placed on top of a mirror. As a result the images become unstable and dynamic as their perception largely depend on the viewers position. Since the late 1990s, Axel Hütte has continuously sought ways to alienate us from the photographic image. He has explored how to provoke resistance, to cause disconcertment with images that seem familiar and realistic but, at the same time, seem off-kilter. Hütte uses analog photography only. Although the images are scanned and digitally processed for printing, these interventions are limited to adjustments of brightness and contrast.
Selected solo exhibitions: 2018 In anderen Welten, Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain Axel Hütte: Imperial – Majestic – Magical, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria Axel Hütte. Unterwegs – In der Ferne, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland 2017 Axel Hütte. Frühwerk, Josef Albers Museum Quadrat, Bottrop Axel Hütte. Night and Day, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf
Color photography, printed on glass and mirror 61 × 72 cm, Edition of 6
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