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Jennifer Steinkamp: Dervish

September 16 - December 22, 2006


Working with technology, projection, and nature, Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer Steinkamp uses special effects and animation to create works of art that explore architectural space and human perception. In recent years, the natural world has influenced her image-making process as she transforms trees, flowers, and floral garlands into wall-scaled digital projections.

For this exhibition, Steinkamp presents her 2004 work, Dervish. Inspired by "dervishes", the Mevlavi priests who whirl in motion in order to release the soul from earthly ties and communicate with the divine, Dervish presents a single projection of a tree. Anchored on its trunk, the tree slowly spins back and forth, evolving through the seasons as it moves. The original image for the work was a photograph of a maple tree. Steinkamp reworked the bark and leaves and manipulated the branches to range from the bare twigs of winter to its full bloom of summer. Its gentle motion creates a mesmerizing work that, projected in a darkened room, engulfs the viewer physically, emotionally, and sensorially.

Steinkamp has numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally to her credit. Currently, a mid-career survey is on view at the San Jose Museum of Art (CA). She is represented in many public collections, including the Denver Art Museum, the Albright Knox Gallery, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art/Los Angeles, and Museum of Contemporary Art/North Miami as well as Istanbul Modern (Istanbul, Turkey) and Museo de Arte Contemporneo de Castilla y Len (Madrid, Spain).

  • Funded in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Wyoming Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.

Images:

Left: Jennifer Steinkamp, Dervish (spring), installation view, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, courtesty ACME Los Angeles, greengrassi london, Lehmann Maupin, New York

Center: Jennifer Steinkamp, Dervish (fall), installation view, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, courtesty ACME Los Angeles, greengrassi london, Lehmann Maupin, New York

Right: Jennifer Steinkamp, Dervish, installation view, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, courtesty ACME Los Angeles, greengrassi london, Lehmann Maupin, New York


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