Still / Live

Still/Live considers how contemporary artists are reimagining the still life tradition. The artists represented in the exhibition delve into the history of the genre to explore three themes: time, portraiture and trompe l’oeil (hyper-real images that “fool the eye”). Rather than working in paint, they use new media, video and photography to make the millennia-old still life tradition newly relevant today. Many of these artists play with the still life’s temporal dimensions by examining the tension between film, which unfolds over time, and the still life, which seems frozen in time. For others, the still life is a powerful vehicle for exploring their own identities, or for political and social commentary.

As the real and virtual worlds become more and more intertwined, artists have also found new meaning in the intensified illusionism of trompe l’oeil. The works on view transcend the genre’s traditional association with paintings of fruits and flowers. They demonstrate that, rather than an historical artifact, the still life is a dynamic and enduring medium of expression.

Exhibition Images

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Artists

  • Nakeya Brown
  • Rob and Nick Carter
  • Mat Collishaw
  • Sharon Core
  • Ori Gersht
  • Daniel Gordon
  • Claudia Hart
  • Will Pappenheimer
  • Barbara Probst
  • Chuck Ramirez
  • David Rokeby

Explore Still / Live

Videos

Still / Live explores how contemporary artists working in photography, video, and new media are reimagining the genre of still life. Since ancient times, deceptively simple depictions of fruit, flowers, and every-day objects have disguised rich layers of symbolic association. The artists represented in Still/Live work from within the still life tradition, examining three themes—time, portraiture, and trompe l’oeil—with new technologies and from new perspectives. In the Learning Center, experience Still Life Studio and learn what makes a still life and why this genre continues to inspire contemporary artists.

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Brochure

Still / Live is accompanied by an illustrated brochure.

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Exhibition Support

The Katonah Museum of Art is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support for Still/Live is provided by the Katonah Museum of Art Exhibition Patrons: Leslie Cecil and Creighton Michael, Judy and Tony Evnin, Victoria Morris and Ellen and Bob Grimes.

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Credits

The Katonah Museum of Art is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Additional support for Still/Live is provided by the Katonah Museum of Art Exhibition Patrons: Leslie Cecil and Creighton Michael, Judy and Tony Evnin, Victoria Morris and Ellen and Bob Grimes.