Combine black and white photos found in the archives of Antwerp’s Fotomuseum under the category of “catastrophe” with a bunch of butcher knives and we get artist Carlos Aires’ Love Is In The Air (inox edition).
Carlos Aires Love Is In The Air
Apparently there are several different pieces of the artist’s named ‘Love Is in The Air’ which can be very confusing. Each is made with different materials in different years. This piece is not to be confused with his Love Is In the Air 2007, which consists of cut vinyl record silhouettes or his Love Is In the Air, 2014, made of cut up bank notes (both shown below).
In Love Is In The Air (inox edition), Aires selectively removes a subject(s) from the original photo (found in the ‘catastrophe’ archives of Antwerp’s Fotomuseum), leaving behind a white void and transfers the image to a stainless steel butcher knife by etching.
He plays with what you can see, what you cannot see and what is suggested.
When exhibited, the piece includes the laser engraved kitchen knives, magnets, framed photographs + one framed photograph for each knife.