JUL 8 – SEP 17, 2017
The Portland Art Museum is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring the internationally renowned media artist Jennifer Steinkamp (American, born 1958). Steinkamp creates highly detailed, digital animations of motifs from the natural world. Projected at very large scale, her works activate the architectural spaces in which they are shown and play with the limits of perception by opening up an almost otherworldly sense of space.
This summer the Portland Art Museum will bring together four remarkable projections in a lively presentation on the passing of time as revealed by our natural environment. The dramatic centerpiece Orbit will fill one wall of the Stott gallery from corner to corner, depicting the celestial mechanics of a planet spinning through its year. Turbulent winds blow branches, leaves and flowers of a tree through the seasons, immersing the viewer in swirling motion. Two works from the Judy Crook series occupy the walls perpendicular to Orbit. These animations represent individual trees standing firm as their branches sway, bloom, and drop their leaves in another depiction of nature tracking time. Kamp Tree is a fourth work to be installed in the Inskeep gallery. It is a smaller scale work created in collaboration with children participating in a summer art camp at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and will be a lighthearted introduction to the visually intense works in the Stott.
The exhibition provides a dynamic counterpoint to Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon (opening May 13). Yeon was a true Northwest original, deeply captivated and influenced by the beauty of the region. Steinkamp’s sensitivity to nature and time echoes his concerns, while she employs thoroughly contemporary tools for her expressions.
This exhibition of Steinkamp’s work is also the Museum’s primary contribution as a partner institution of Converge 45, a city-wide contemporary art program in August 2017 that encourages collaboration across venues under the theme of “You in Mind” established by guest artistic director Kristy Edmunds. Intersection @ Converge 45, a four-day program of exhibitions and special events, will take place August 9–12, 2017, and offer special viewings of this exhibition.
Jennifer Steinkamp’s work has been featured in exhibitions across the United States, Europe, and Asia, and is in numerous public and private collections. A professor in the department of Design Media Arts at UCLA, Steinkamp visited Portland in May 2014 for a discussion of her work in the Museum’s Critical Conversations series.
Organized by Portland Art Museum and curated by Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
This exhibition is supported in part by Exhibition Series Sponsors and the Contemporary Art Council.