Until 25 May 2014
'Still Life in Motion' explores themes of mortality and beauty. It also demonstrates how still life painting from the 17th century has inspired artists of today. Lifting the subject matter to a new level by using modern technologies such as film and photography, contemporary artists have added motion to the traditional still objects. What was once considered a low status genre in the History of Art, still life today is both celebrated and far from static.
Sam Taylor-Johnson captures this dialogue of modernity and antiquity to perfection in the films Still Life (2001) and A Little Death (2002) which feature in the exhibition. Both depict subjects characteristic of the still life tradition – a dead rabbit, a bowl of fruit - as they decay at an accelerated pace, thus creating visceral and moving memento mori.
The exhibition is a part of the Tromsø International Filmfestival (TIFF).
‘Sam Taylor Johnson: Still Life in Motion’
Nordnorsk Kunst Museum
Monday-Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday: 12-5pm
Sam Taylor-Johnson ‘Still Life’ 2001 Duration: 3 minutes 44 seconds 35mm film/DVD
© Sam Taylor-Johnson Courtesy White Cube