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© Axel Loytved / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018<br/>    Picture: Dorothea Schlueter Galerie, Hamburg <br />

Axel Loytved

Born 1982 in Bad Mergentheim, Germany
Lives and works in Hamburg

Untitled, 2015

Brushed bronze
60 x 40 cm

Axel Loytved engages with everything presented by the world around us, half-playfully half-seriously posing existential questions about our consumer society, our everyday life, our very selves. For his work “B-Fashion”, 2007, he bought old clothes pressed into bales, wore whatever suited him, and hence continually changed his social identity. In his walk-in installation “ups and downs of everyday”, 2013, the focus was on the physical self. Based on the fact that we are taller in the morning than the evening, Loytved constructed a tunnel out of varnished chipboard panels whose length matches his body height in the morning and the evening.

Recycling processes also hold his interest. Whether moulding lumps of slush or spinning waste paper in the washing machine and transforming them into bronze, Loytved examines the metamorphosis of materials and their inherent potential in his work. The artistic intervention produces something new, which was neither planned nor imaginable.

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