Artist Jennifer Steinkamp brings art into the age of technology through her use of digital animation. The exhibition “Jennifer Steinkamp: The Technologies of Nature” will be on display at the Georgia Museum of Art until August 21.
This exhibition features Steinkamp’s video “Mike Kelley, 14”, which depicts a tree going through its seasonal phases. Played in an eight-minute loop, the video shows Steinkamp’s animation of a tree swaying in the wind as it slowly goes from vibrant green leaves and pink blossoms to bare branches.
Steinkamp made “Mike Kelley” in honor of one of his favorite teachers, who taught him at an art school in California in the late 1980s. Critic, curator, teacher, and multidisciplinary artist , Kelley is considered one of the most influential members of the conceptual art movement. Steinkamp’s work that bears her name is part of a larger set of three videos that pay tribute to the teachers who influenced her. The other two videos (not shown) are titled “Miss Znerold,” for her first-year teacher, and “Judy Crook,” who taught color theory at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
“Mike Kelley” portrays the passage of time. Steinkamp explains the project as “a nice way to make an abstract portrait of someone. … I did different sets of trees, and this one is pretty abstract, because I made them a little sharper like Mike and a little more black and white like his drawings.
Steinkamp’s animations create relationships between space, movement and perception. His use of digital animation allows for a three-dimensional rendering of the tree, showing it from multiple angles and adding the kind of multidimensionality that sculptures often offer.
Jeffrey Richmond-Moll, Museum Curator of American Art, said, “Jennifer Steinkamp is a digital media pioneer, and we are excited to be showing her work at the museum as we continue to expand our programming in video art and video art. media time. It seems particularly fitting to show ‘Mike Kelley’, an animation that honors one of his first mentors during his college days, on the University of Georgia campus, where the influence can be honored. formative that a dedicated university professor has on their students. “
The museum will host a panel discussion chaired by Richmond-Moll and featuring faculty from the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and State Botanical Garden of Georgia on March 17 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
To learn more about Steinkamp’s works, visit https://jsteinkamp.com.