Jenkins Johnson Gallery is pleased to present acclaimed British artistic duo Rob and Nick Carter in their first solo exhibition in San Francisco, which runs from September 4 through November 1, 2014. The exhibition will feature digitally rendered paintings, sculptures, and photographs that recreate artistic masterpieces. The works examine and push boundaries between the real and the imagined, analogue and digital, and the traditional and the progressive. The Carters’ first ‘digital painting,’ which appears still but in fact changes indiscernibly, was highly celebrated as key work at the world’s leading art fair TEFAF by Art Newspaper and New York Times, and has been exhibited at the Frick Collection in New York (the first time the museum has exhibited digital art), as well as at Manchester Art Museum, and was collected by The Mauritshuis Museum in the Netherlands.
Collaborating for 16 years, the Carters’ art is defined as simple, focused, and immaculately presented. At the foundation of their work is the notion of perception and how we engage with and see a work of art. The Carters reproduce historical masterpieces, harnessing some of the most cutting edge technology, to reinstate sustained and deep looking, something that has been lost through the technological revolution. They subvert the notion of soullessness and image overload that is present in today’s society. They challenge the average viewer’s six-second attention span and reward them for engagement. “Computer-generated imagery is our form of reality,” says Nick. “This is what we see everyday.” The artworks in the exhibition are a hybrid of two modes of art making—the old and new. Color, form, and light are central to their images, which reengage with art of the past.