Digital Vanitas

Rob and Nick Carter’s art is a memento mori with a twist, because what appears initially as a painted panel in a wooden frame (of the kind favoured by Dutch 17th-C
masters), upon sustained looking reveals a screen playing a looped animated image of a painted frog breathing its last and slowly decomposing before our eyes.  An updated symbolic reminder of the inevitability of death for our digital age.  Read more about  Transforming Vanitas Painting, in my BCS article this month.

Rob and Nick Carter, Transforming Vanitas Painting, 2013 after Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger, Dead Frog with Flies, c.1630, In collaboration with MPC.   3 hour looped film, frame & 21.5in Apple iMac, edition of 12 + 5 artists� proofs. � Rob and Nick Carter, Courtesy of The Fine Art Society and MPC

Rob and Nick Carter, Transforming Vanitas Painting, 2013 after Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger, Dead Frog with Flies, c.1630, In collaboration with MPC. 3 hour looped film, frame & 21.5in Apple iMac, edition of 12 + 5 artists  proofs.   Rob and Nick Carter, Courtesy of The Fine Art Society and MPC

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