Jennifer Steinkamp: The Vanquished

Summer 2012 Exhibition
May 24-July 29, 2012

An installation on the Gallery’s second floor will introduce Richmond audiences to the captivating work of Jennifer Steinkamp. “This pioneering Los Angeles-based artist has received wide international acclaim for her immersive, digitally animated installations,” Kistler says. “They never fail to transfix.” Using large-scale video projections, Steinkamp creates motion-and-color-filled spaces in which lush virtual images of blooming flowers, dancing trees, or purely abstract forms sway and twist as if propelled by unseen forces.

The Anderson Gallery will feature one of her latest installations, commissioned last year for the New Orleans Museum of Art as part of the exhibition Prospect.2. The work was originally created for the ornate niche in the museum’s atrium that is normally reserved for Auguste Rodin’s sculpture, The Age of Bronze (1877),  also known as The Vanquished—the title borrowed by Steinkamp for her piece. She was inspired by the sense of dynamic movement captured by Rodin in the raised arms and contrapposto pose of his life-size bronze figure. In her animation, Steinkamp adopts an overhead perspective that offers a view down through the undulating branches of a gently twisting tree, whose appearance continually changes as it cycles  through the seasons.

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Jennifer Steinkamp employs computer animation and new media to create projection installations in order to explore ideas about architectural space, motion, and phenomenological perception.  Her digitally animated works make use of the interplay between actual space and illusionistic space, thus creating environments in which the roles of the viewing subjects and the art objects become blurred.  She has said, “As my ideas and the work developed, I found I could dematerialize architecture by combining light, space and movement.”

Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; and North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; and in group exhibitions at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; San Antonio Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; ARCO, Madrid;  and Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark.

She is represented by Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York.