Fly, Drawing for the Movie „What Will Come‟ with View in Cylindrical Mirror, William Kentridge
William Kentridge
Fly, Drawing for the Movie „What Will Come‟ with View in Cylindrical Mirror
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Kentridge, William: What Will Come, 2007, Anamorphic projection, 35 mm film transferred to DVD, cold rolled steel table, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach

William Kentridge

Fly, Drawing for the Movie „What Will Come‟ with View in Cylindrical Mirror, 2007


Dimensions
height: 108.5 cm
diameter: 130.0 cm
Physical Description
charcoal on paper, table and cylindrical mirror
Inventory Number
2247
Acquisition
Acquired in 2007 with funds from ALTANA AG
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

The unnaturally distorted drawing will become a fly - but only if the viewer himself, the mirror cylinder and the table are optimally aligned with each other. William Kentridge's visual trick techniques are fascinating. While the optical effect of the anamorphosis amazes us, it also prompts us to think about the process of seeing. The picture is not located on the surface of the mirror, but it is read three-dimensionally by the eye, and therefore creates the impression of being enclosed within the cylinder. Kentridge demonstrates in a playful manner not only the astounding possibilities of visual perception, but also their conditionality. His work takes as its subject models of seeing, which science, popular culture and art investigate, and makes them tangible again in fantastic pictorial worlds. The drawing which Kentridge produced for his anamorphotic animated film "What Will Come" becomes a space-related sculpture through the view in the mirrored cylinder.

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Title
Fly, Drawing for the Movie „What Will Come‟ with View in Cylindrical Mirror (Original Title)
Artist
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
charcoal on paper, table and cylindrical mirror
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Picture Copyright
© William Kentridge
Acquisition
Acquired in 2007 with funds from ALTANA AG

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Secondary
  • 31A51111 reflection (in a mirror)
  • 49D36 circle (~ planimetry, geometry)

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20.08.2019