ROB AND NICK CARTER TRANSFORMINGKate Bryan Art2016-05-06T02:29:26+00:00
The Fine Art Society, London
October – November 2013
In 2013 I presented a major solo exhibition for British artist duo Rob and Nick Carter marking 15 years of their artistic collaboration. Transforming presented a body of work that reengaged with art of the past, harnessing the most cutting edge new media to create a sustained engagement with old and modern masters.
At the heart of the exhibition is a conviction that the rampant technological revolution in our midst can be subverted from its tendency toward soullessness and image overload. Instead the Carters exploit all that is dynamic and groundbreaking in the digital age to facilitate a return to the art of sustained and deep looking.
The genesis for this exhibition was Transforming Still Life Painting (2012). This ‘digital painting’ brought to life an oil painting from 1618 by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder and was made in collaboration with creative studio MPC. It creates a rare intersection between Old Master connoisseurship and contemporary new media art. The work is on permanent display at Manchester Art Gallery and has been accepted into the Mauritshuis permanent collection.
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