Still/Live Artists' Panel



Still/Live Artists' Panel DiscussionThursday, May 13
7:00 – 8:00 PM

Still/Live artists Claudia Hart and Will Pappenheimer will discuss their work and explore the surprising connections between cutting-edge new media and the historical still life tradition. Through her digital creations, Hart simulates moments and images, making still lives come to life, playing with the fantasy of breathing life into the static. Pappenheimer is a Brooklyn-based artist with an interest in spatial interventions. His work explores the confluence of and tension between the virtual and physical worlds. For the Still/Live exhibition, Pappenheimer has designed an augmented reality still life installation that interacts with the Museum space and the other artworks on view. KMA Associate Curator Emily Handlin will moderate the conversation. $15 KMA Members; $20 Non-members.

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Claudia Hart
Big Red, 2019
Video animation
5 min, looped
Courtesy of bitforms gallery, New York

The Still Life With Flowers by Henri Fantin-Latour, 2020
3D-printed resin, pigmented silicone, walnut, basswood, and maple, custom pine and plexiglass pedestal, Courtesy of bitforms gallery, New York

By appropriating imagery from the history of modernism, Claudia Hart plays with the notion of artifice and authenticity, as applied to both images and experiences. Her monumental, trompe l’oeil animation Big Red borrows the composition and saturated colors of Henri Matisse’s Large Red Interior from 1948. Projected on a stretched canvas initially Hart’s work appears to be a still image. However, she has programmed the flowers, as well as the patterned carpet and wallpaper, to pulse and shift at different rates. Through this integration of 3D animation and two-dimensional image, Hart’s work simulates the asynchronous motions of nature.

Hart’s The Still Life With Flowers by Henri Fantin-Latour also tests the boundaries between an original work of art and its representation. Hart’s sculpture, fashioned from bleached wood and burnished resin, is a copy of a copy. To create the work, Hart built a free-hand computer model of an 1881 still life by painter Henri Fantin-Latour. She then used this model to produce the sculpture with the help of a 3D printer and a computer-controlled router, all the while counterbalancing these high-tech tools with low-tech handwork. The process is trompe l’oeil in reverse: rather than an image that “fools the eye,” Hart’s sculpture, the end-result of multiple stages of copying, image processing and expressive interpretation, is a 3D representation that bears little resemblance to Fantin-Latour’s 2D original.

Will Pappenheimer
Still Oasis, 2021
Augmented reality installation
Courtesy of the artist

Will Pappenheimer’s augmented reality (AR) installation is a free-associative blend of influences from the surrounding KMA galleries. AR brings together the virtual and physical worlds. As you wander through the space and point the tablet around the room, the gallery transforms into a sand-filled tropical paradise complete with palm trees. In creating this oasis, Pappenheimer took inspiration from the KMA’s Rothko Room, which was itself inspired by Rothko’s vision for another kind of oasis: small roadside chapels where travelers could stop and contemplate his work. But the AR also plays with the theme of still life. Pappenheimer’s oasis is full of seemingly three-dimensional and life-like figures, cars and other objects that are perfectly still, frozen in time and space.

To explore Still Oasis:
1.    Put on gloves
2.    Remove iPad and tap screen to power on
3.    Swipe upwards to activate the instructions on screen