Home » ART NEWS » Currently Reading:

Rob and Nick Carter – Transforming Still Life Painting

March 7, 2012 ART NEWS No Comments

20120307 105326 Rob and Nick Carter   Transforming Still Life Painting

Rob and Nick Carter · RN882 · Transforming Still Life Painting · 2009-12 after Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder · Vase With Flowers in a Window · 1618 3 hour looped film, frame and Apple Mac Edition of 12 with 5 artist proofs 23 x 28 x 5 in (framed)

Rob and Nick Carter’s latest venture is a ground-breaking piece of digitally engineered film that takes as its subject a painting by the Dutch Golden Age master Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder (1573–1621). Working with one of the world’s leading companies for digital visual effects, The Moving Picture Company, the Carters directed an animated version of Bosschaert’s Vase With Flowers in a Window. The undertaking was enormous and after two years the artists have produced a piece of incomparable technological invention and artistic quality. Quite literally nothing has been created on this scale before. The piece involved several thousands of hours of digital rendering, more than a feature length animated film.

Every aspect of Bosschaert’s painting has been brought to life including each flower stem, insect and background scenery. The film lasts three hours and takes the painted scene from early morning darkness through to noon (where the film exactly resembles the original painting) into dusk and late night. Although only perceptible upon sustained looking, the scene displays subtle shifts as the clouds pass by, the sun moves in the sky and the stars emerge.

Each flower has been based on actual time-lapse footage of real flowers throughout the course of the day, marking subtle shifts in bloom and direction as they turn to face the sun. Every few minutes the still life displays real time activity, such as a caterpillar entering the scene and proceeding to eat leaves or a snail emerging from its shell to leave a trail across the arched window. One can mark the passing of time by the water level in the vase slowly diminishing.

In their progressive, yet incredibly sensitive homage, the Carters have transformed an emblem of 17th century oil painting into a contemporary new media masterpiece. The original painting is an incredibly fine example of Bosschaert’s work and is one of only a handful that displays the arched window. It is valued somewhere in excess of £10 million and resides in the collection of the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague, who will acquire an edition of the Carter’s artwork. Bosschaert was highly revered in his lifetime as a leading figure in the fashionable floral painting genre. However, like the Carters, he was also a pioneer in being one of the first artists to specialise in still life, and in doing so he started a long and respected tradition of painting detailed flower bouquets, which typically consisted of tulips, roses and an exotic species.

The Carters’ extraordinary vision has been brought to life using the most cutting edge of creative enterprise—in many respects they have picked up where Bosschaert’s extraordinary studio left off. In their distinctly 21st century artwork the artists address issues of the boundaries between the real and the imagined, analogue and digital, the traditional and the progressive and the very nature of art itself. By painstakingly re-rendering every component of the painting the whole process draws attention to the mastery of the original and allows us to consider it in a new light. However, the video work goes one step beyond Bosschaert, literally allowing us to see the secret life of a still life.

Kate Bryan

Viewing by appointment for a limited time at The Fine Art Society
Please contact Kate Bryan kb@faslondon.com

The Fine Art Society Contemporary will be launching Transforming Still Life Painting
at TEFAF Maastricht art fair, 16–25 March 2012
You can view clips from the film here: www.robandnick.com/

20120307 105332 Rob and Nick Carter   Transforming Still Life Painting

FAD NEWS

REVIEW: Rearranging the Career of Bita Fayyazi

October 25, 2014

REVIEW: Rearranging the Career of Bita Fayyazi

Bita Fayyazi’s work is disquieting; massive cockroaches swarm and inelegant thread bound heads jut from walls, smashed figures squat on low podiums and terracotta dead dogs lie on piles of dirt. Yet, almost against aesthetic reason, the pieces are utterly compelling. Her third solo outing at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is a reinterpretation of her [...]

NX-Perspectives: Sharp New Digital Art inspired by the provocative new Lexus NX

October 23, 2014

NX-Perspectives: Sharp New Digital Art inspired by the provocative new Lexus NX

As regular readers know, FAD loves digital art, so we’re delighted to have encountered an innovative global project from Lexus called NX-Perspectives.

ARTNEWS:The Mexican Embassy And Jose Cuervo Partner To Lead ‘Day Of The Dead’ Celebrations In London

October 22, 2014

ARTNEWS:The Mexican Embassy And Jose Cuervo Partner To Lead ‘Day Of The Dead’ Celebrations In London

Jose Cuervo, the oldest tequila brand in the world partners with the Mexican Embassy to bring an art-led Day of The Dead festival to London

ART NEWS: London gallery to give away all its Art for FREE

October 22, 2014

ART NEWS: London gallery to give away all its Art for FREE

In a world first an art gallery in central London will be giving away every single one of its exhibits to passers-by (for free!) this Friday

ART NEWS: Legendary Magnum Photographer René Burri Dies at 81

October 22, 2014

ART NEWS: Legendary Magnum Photographer René Burri Dies at 81

Leaving behind a significant body of work, FAD takes a moment to remember legendary photographer René Burri

ART NEWS : “The Theory of Everything” brings NYC to Tears

October 22, 2014

ART NEWS : “The Theory of Everything” brings NYC to Tears

Stephen Hawking biopic, “The Theory of Everything” made it’s U.S. premiere at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City Monday night. The film, starring Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking & Felicity Jones as Hawking’s wife Jane, was said to leave its audience in tears as film industry darlings gathered to watch the films debut.

Don’t Miss: NON ZERO ONE as part of WHAT MARCEL DUCHAMP TAUGHT ME @FASLondon

October 21, 2014

Don’t Miss: NON ZERO ONE as part of WHAT MARCEL DUCHAMP TAUGHT ME @FASLondon

Taking you on a 22 minute headphone journey throughout the entire 5 floors of the UK’s oldest commercial dealership..

FAD DAILY

FAD DAILY

Want brilliant, exciting and interesting art and culture news in your inbox every day? Course you do. Sign up to our newsletter below.

ADVERTISING