Rob and Nick Carter

Transforming Landscape Painting
2.5-hour looped film, monitor with player, frame
39 × 32 × 5 in | 99 × 81 × 13 cmedition of 12 + 5 artists’ proofs
after John Constable (1776-1837)
Study for the Cornfield, c.1817
oil on canvas
23 1/2 × 19 3/8 in | 60 × 49 cm
Tate Collection

Working with a team of digital animators the Carters have created an animated version of Constables study. Every aspect has been brought to life and the seamless 2·5 hour loop takes the painted scene from dawn to dusk. Only perceptible upon sustained looking, the landscape displays subtle shifts in colour and light as the clouds pass by, the sun moves in the sky and at night the stars and the moon emerge. Each blade of corn, each leaf on a tree, each ripple in the water has been informed by real time footage. It has been brought to life with over 7,000 man-hours of digital animation. The artists examine the boundaries between the real and the imagined, analogue and digital and the traditional and the contemporary.

Included in:

1 January – 31 December 2020

Hotel Londra Palace
10 May – 24 November 2019

Masterpiece 2018 London
28 June – 4 July 2018

Royal Academy of Arts
12 June – 19 August 2018