Jennifer Steinkamp will present two large-scale installations for her third exhibition at Lehmann Maupin Gallery. The Los Angeles based artist will continue to explore ideas of space and motion with these works and is applying new media technology to create the illusionistic environments.
The panoramic The Wreck of the Dumaru is a site-specific installation encompassing every wall of the first room of the gallery. The work references her great uncle who became delirious and died at sea during World War I. Steinkamp portrays a forceful sea in hallucinogenic colors rising from the gallery floor. A languid blue acts as a tranquil background while the slow moving, yet dynamic waves rise and fall. Reaching extraordinary heights, the waves are disorienting as they crash and crest around the gallery.
Falling multi-colored sheets shimmer and tumble as if over invisible surfaces. In a series of new works titled, "Formation," the walls of the gallery seem to be jagged plains. This illusion of the virtual revealing the invisible is representative of Steinkamp’s continued investigations into individual perceptions.
Jennifer Steinkamp recently opened a retrospective of her work at the San Jose Museum of Contemporary Art in August 2006, which will then travel to the Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City and the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo. The Denver Art Museum commissioned a special installation by Steinkamp for their new building which opened in 2006. She studied at ArtCenter in Los Angeles, and has exhibited worldwide at The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; the 8th Annual Istanbul Biennial; the Seoul Museum of Art; and the Corcoran Gallery Of Art, Washington DC, among others. Her work was also included in Visual Music at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and is in many major public and private collections.