Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick was an exhibition of art inspired by the filmmaker at the Somerset House. It finished this week and I was very lucky to have seen it on one of the last days.
The exhibition was curated by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder, artist and musician James Lavelle, featuring a number of contemporary artists, film makers and musicians showcasing works inspired by Stanley Kubrick.
The exhibition was very interesting as so many different artists were creating work with different mediums and ideas, but all had something about Stanley Kubrick or his work in common.
A room full of radios and electric gear and sounds of voices and white noise made you feel as if you were in a real life scene, as was an artwork featuring the fireplace of The Shining, which actually gave off heat. The Shining featured throughout the exhibition as the floors were carpeted with the same pattern as in the movie.
Other rooms even added a smell, 360 degree video installations, paintings, photography, flash and LED installations, so really all your senses were activated and every little detail reminded you in one way or another of Stanley Kubrick’s films, cinematography, use of colours and music, writing etc.
Visitors were actually allowed to take pictures, so I thought I share some of them, even though photos cannot even closely recreate the experience of the exhibition.
As a photographer myself I was especially interested in Jason Shulmans 2001 Space Odyssey: he used ‘durational’ photography to condense the entirety of Kubrick’s sci-fi epic onto a single sheet of photosensitive paper!!
These are just a few frames of a huge widescreen video installation, which takes the form of an endless tunnel with flowing luminous textures. It reminds of the Stargate Sequence and is so immersive I could have actually watched it for hours!
Philip Castle is an airbrush artist who designed the posters for “A Clockwork Orange” and “Full Metal Jacket”.
Again, these were just a few examples of the exhibition and it shows the diversity and range of artwork that was inspired by Stanley Kubrick.
It really left me inspired to create more personal work again and experiment with a lot more different ideas.
Also, the next view films I’m gonna watch will definitely be the few Stanley Kubrick ones I haven’t seen yet :)