Rick Carter's "TIME" at ESMOA

May 5, 2022 until March 25, 2023 

Experience 51: TIME, a project by artist and production designer Rick Carter, is an immersive collage that contemplates the concept of time. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, and collages by Carter along with photographs, movie memorabilia, and additional works by eight other artists who were invited to participate.

Carter, a longtime painter, is a two-time Academy Award®-winning production designer acclaimed for his work with directors including Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron, and J.J. Abrams. Often he has envisioned designs that convey notions of time itself, including for the blockbuster films A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Amistad, Avatar, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Jurassic Park, Lincoln, and Star Wars.

TIME envelops visitors in floor-to-ceiling layered imagery that extends 25 feet high and includes portraits by Carter hung from above on thirteen, four-sided displays; ​​preliminary sketches and collages from his many production designs; and props and memorabilia including a park bench from which Forrest Gump narrated his life story.

In addition, a diverse group of eight LA-based artists were invited to collaborate with Carter on this installation. The result is a kaleidoscopic experience that merges iconic imagery and objects from Carter’s many film projects with graffiti, patterned textiles, paintings, and more. The contributing artists are Alex Garcia (LAB Artist in Residence), Luke Hayes, Muraji Khalil, ​​Dalila Paola Méndez, ​​Helena Park, Jacori “Aiseborn” Perry, Ivan “Mr Mustart” Petrovsky, and Carlos “Kopyeson” Talavera.

Featured as well in our TIME exhibition are pieces inspired by our visit to the Getty Research Institute with David Brafman. As curator of rare books for The Getty, David was able to show our TIME artist collective books that express aspects of time—whether through their content or format.

ESMoA’s Experience 51: TIME is curated by Dr. Bernhard Zuenkeler.