South Gallery: Jennifer Steinkamp, Rapunzel. The artist is known for her projected installations utilizing 3-Dimensional computer animation. North Gallery: Bryan Crockett, Drawn Out of My Mind. A sincere and humorous portrait of the artist estranged and lost within his mind.
Lehmann Maupin would like to announce an exhibition of new work by artist Jennifer Steinkamp. This will be Steinkamp's second exhibition at Lehmann Maupin.
Jennifer Steinkamp is known for her projected installations utilizing 3-Dimensional computer animation. The Los Angeles-based artist employs this new media to explore ideas about perception and space. Her works interact between the actual space and illusionistic space resulting in environments where the lines between viewer and object blur. Steinkamp's recent, hyper-animated representations of trees and flowers fill the gallery's walls, dissolving the architecture and creating an imaginary space.
Steinkamp was inspired by the Grimm fairy tale of Rapunzel whose mother became addicted to the rampion flower. Rapunzel's mother longed for the beautiful flower that grew in the garden of a witch. After being caught trying to steal the flower, she was forced to give up her daughter to the witch. The installation at Lehmann Maupin consists of gently swaying vines projected on the walls of the gallery with flowers dancing at the floor. The playful movement of the vines and flowers in the gallery is seemingly natural, yet tension is created between the physical space of the gallery and the invented landscape. Here, Jennifer Steinkamp has created an enchanted garden within the gallery that evokes the witch's garden.
Jennifer Steinkamp studied at CalArts and ArtCenter in Los Angeles, and has had solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, and Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington, among others. Her group shows include the 8th Annual Istanbul Biennial and participation in shows at the San Jose Museum of Art and the Seoul Museum of Art. In 2004, she collaborated with director Bill Friedken, creating sets for the opera TannhÃƒÂ¤user at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles and Lincoln Center, New York. Her work will also be included in the upcoming show Visual Music at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Kemper Museum of Art and a traveling retrospective of her work opens at the San Jose Museum of Contemporary Art in 2006.
Drawn Out of My Mind
Lehmann Maupin would like to announce an exhibition of new sculptures, drawings and paintings by Bryan Crockett. This is Crockett's second solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin.
Bryan Crockett's previous reflections on science and technology's authority in our society have shifted inward to investigations of himself. Drawn Out of My Mind is a sincere and humorous portrait of the artist estranged and lost within his mind. For this exhibition Crockett will divide the gallery into two spaces, presenting installations meant to illustrate a struggle between his two realms of thought. Here Crockett has taken inspiration from the myth of Daphne and Apollo and the tree as a representation of genealogy and knowledge. Solipsist, a 10-foot tree growing on a rock with a carved portrait of the artist with his head ingrown into the tree is the central sculpture in the front room. Surrounded by watercolors and another smaller sculpture this room is meant to depict the Apollonian realm, one of order and pictorial idealization.
Counter-balancing the first space, the other is frantic and compulsive. Crockett created a series of drawings by recording his sketches and ideas onto one paper, resulting in a wild tangle of images that he likens to the cosmological charts of his mind. Crockett depicts this Dionysian realm by scattering his drawings on the painted black walls of the gallery with several of his maquettes, unfinished models and a large relief sculpture carved into a felled log. The disorienting room deemphasizes the structure and architecture of the gallery suggesting the erratic nature of the artists' mind and process.
Bryan Crockett was born in Santa Barbara, California in 1970 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been in many major group exhibition including The Uncanny, curated by Mike Kelley at the Tate Liverpool and Open House: Working in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum among others. Since graduating with an MFA in sculpture from Yale University, Crockett has exhibited at the Kunsthalle Basel, Exit Art, Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, and the 1997 Whitney Biennial. In that same year he was the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.
Image: Jennifer Steinkamp
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