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
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.