Created in 2015, Jennifer Steinkamp’s newest work features flowering plants animated inside a cubic framework that utilizes the outer edge of the video as a container, mimicking the boundaries of a garden. Flowers are blown by an unseen force, as plants collide both with each other and the edges of the frame, breaking apart into seeds, twigs, leaves, and petals. The animations loop forward and back—transitioning between breaking apart and coming back together—eliminating any notion of narrative, as is characteristic in Steinkamp’s work.
Jennifer Steinkamp was born in Denver, Colorado, and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.
She has completed commissioned installations for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri; and Denver Art Museum, Colorado. Her digital animations have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and internationally. Steinkamp’s work is included in numerous collections, including the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California; Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Turkey;
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
This exhibition is organized by the McNay Art Museum.
The Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions are generously funding this exhibition.