Los Angeles

Jennifer Steinkamp


Jennifer Steinkamp’s latest exhibition included three digital videos (all 2002). Mar Vista, a collaboration with composers Holly Lovecat and Jimmy Johnson, who provide a likable, techno-y score, is a small projected digital animation that takes a romantic seascape as its promising point of departure. But the work only occasionally manages to separate itself from the sorts of virtual experiences of space becoming increasingly common in mainstream media; at best, the work points to future possibilities as Steinkamp pushes into territory marked by synthesized representational imagery. Meanwhile, Glimpse, another small projection piece seemingly less invested in keeping up with the new-media Joneses, is a simple, fresh, and hypnotic abstract composition of variously colored concentric ovals pushing outward from the center, offering a silent invitation to get lost in its rhythmic pulse.


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