Jennifer Steinkamp is an internationally recognized digital media artist who uses the imagery of changing natural forms to create immersive installations.
The Los Angeles-based artist is a pioneer in the field of 3-D animation and has been working in digital media for over 20 years. Her work engages architectural space to explore overall ideas about the intermingling of motion, time and the organic world. Using digital projections to convert large spaces, Steinkamp creates highly experiential work. Her dramatic installations blend together physical and ethereal qualities in provocative imaginings that glorify the phenomenon of nature and the powerful magnitude of growth, transformations, and cyclic patterns.
This exhibition includes four stunning projections, which primarily use tree forms to render how the environment tracks the passage of time. Orbit, the exhibitions centerpiece, depicts the mechanics of a planet morphing throughout its year of orbit and seasonal conditions. Two pieces from Steinkamps Judy Crook series represent individual trees going through the phases of blooming and losing leaves. The fourth piece, Kamp Tree, is a smaller-scale projection created in collaboration with children who attended a summer art camp at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
The otherworldliness of Steinkamps installations slows us down as viewers to absorb some of the most evocative aspects of natural sequences and the constancy of the ever-changing world. Her digital simulations present an astute and sensitive perception of earthly rhythms and the continuum of time.