Keith Cottingham explores the hidden, unreal, and unseen, bringing vision and motion to things beyond our literal point of view. This series includes one large-scale digital animation with soundscape, and related photographs. The animation features the successive movement and interaction of diverse forms – a boat, plants, beams, an architecture space. They depict violent moments – collisions and implosions – and lyrical passages of dissolves, in slow motion, real time, and at high velocity. Glimpses of light illuminate darkness. Hypnotic and emotionally powerful, the animations and their rhythms emulate the breath of life. The photographs are stills from the animations, frozen moments that show their sequence.
Cottingham simulates the material world, but does not represent it. He establishes a tension between the “look” of reality, derived from the authority of the photographic image and the animations’ invented, surreal content.