Lehmann Maupin is pleased to present a selection of works by the pioneering digital artist Jennifer Steinkamp on the occasion of the Los Angeles edition of Frieze’s Online Viewing Room.
A pioneer in the field of 3-D animation, Steinkamp works exclusively in digital media, using cutting-edge technology to render organic and abstract forms in motion that give deeper insight into the often unseen complexities of the natural environment. Steinkamp holds an important historical position as a leader in digital animation, and as one of the first to experiment with constructing imagery—including color, texture, and movement—by wholly digital means.
This selection of recent works offers a sanctuary that invites a close, even microscopic look at the natural environment and exemplifies the breadth and ambition of Steinkamp’s practice. By simulating natural movement in cycles that are at once familiar-seeming yet entirely unique, Steinkamp conjures the uncanny impression of artificial life that is both rooted in past modes of representation while looking, with speculative optimism, towards the future.
“I am fascinated by the incorporeal in nature and science. If anything, this is a consistent current in my work. There is so much more in the universe than what we can sense and feel; I believe we are surrounded by sentience in all lifeforms. For me, beauty has the potential to give you a powerful existential feeling that makes you wonder what it can mean to be alive and conscious.” — Jennifer Steinkamp