Rob Carter | Sun City | Miami Project 2015
Stop-motion animation fans in Miami won't want to miss the opportunity to view Sun City by Rob Carter, on view at Catharine Clark Gallery, Booth H4, The Deauville.
Sun City (2013) focuses attention on the town of Benidorm, Spain. Out of all the transformations that the package holiday industry has made to the Mediterranean over the past fifty years, Benidorm represents a sea change: from sleepy fishing village to mini-Manhattan. This extraordinary transformation forms the basis for this work, though the premise behind Benidorm’s growth is dramatically warped. Sheltered by the mighty Puig Campana Mountain, Benidorm benefits from an extraordinary sun-rich microclimate. The fantasy described is that the sun, not humankind, is responsible for the growth of the metropolis. Through photographic reconstruction and collage of past and present imagery, the video suggests that people have been worshiping the sun in Benidorm for thousands of years. Stop motion animation describes the growth of the buildings as if they evolved like plants, grown by the sun itself. Finally, this living town is transformed into something far more valuable than a tourist destination: a machine for harnessing the sun. Benidorm is the ultimate solar power station, where energy value trumps that of beauty or pleasure.