|Grahame Weinbren, 2010, Digital Images of Recreated Still Lives of 17th and 18th Century Paintings, Created for Zero1 |
|Various Artists, Flemish, Dutch and Spanish, 17th and 18th Century Still Life Paintings|
Inspired by the contradictions present in the 17th and 18th Century sill life paintings, Grahame Weinbren took on the challenges of translating them into contemporary context with the use of current digital technologies.
Taking delight in each course of their meal made from the same organic ingredients used to create the still lives, as well as for table decorations, and feasting their eyes on the images, event patrons would get the opportunity to contemplate the passing of time and observe the ecological process of decomposition of those elements. They would also get a sense of what happens behind that process.
|Kitty Greenwald, 2010, Meals Inspired by Still Life Paintings of Various 17th and 18th Century Artists, Created for Zero1|
Every project has its ups and downs. SLwB nevertheless, was plagued with a variety of challenges all throughout the image production phase.
However motivated and eager to begin, the start of the project was emotionally and physically demanding for Grahame when he experienced the loss his father.
While full of admiration of Still Life with Banquet, the studio management was anxious and reluctant to accept the unjustified risks (toxic mold - one example) they associated the project with. Willingness to work with the artist resulted in an alternate solution. At that point however, the sense of adequate continuance of the project was compromised.
A car accident trumps the list of challenges.
Despite the many confrontations that nearly prevented the completion of the project, a stunning Still Life with Banquet by Grahame Weinbren and Kitty Greenwald took place on September 14, 2010 at the San Jose City Hall Rotunda.