This is the main finding of the exhibition Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives, which looks to share this insight and shine a light on Kubrick as ‘a voracious absorber and synthesiser of all forms of information’.
The exhibition deconstructs Kubrick’s sets, physically in some cases, to reveal the elemental parts, which make his visions both fantastical and believable.
It is a chance to learn about the sets, models, lighting, editing, and filming devices, which are entwined with Kubrick’s own singular and enigmatic perspective.
The exhibition focuses on three sets from films shot in the UK: the Discovery spaceship from 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968; The Overlook Hotel from The Shining, 1980; and Huế City from Full Metal Jacket, 1987.
London’s work gallery, which is hosting the exhibition, says the three sets share some commonality in that they are about humans’ relationship with their environment and ‘the interplay between perception and physical place’.
Material, including original photographs and documents, has been borrowed from the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, to give an insight into the research, filming and set design techniques that Kubrick used.
The exhibition also marks the publication of Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives by Black Dog publishing (the publishing division attached to the gallery) – which contains a collection of essays by scholars working closely with the Stanley Kubrick Archive.
Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives runs from 8 August – 27 September at Work, 10a Acton Street, WC1X 9NG