Jennifer Steinkamp has transformed the landscape of contemporary art with her profoundly beautiful light-based installations that celebrate the ebb and flow of the natural world. In 2007, Steinkamp embarked on an extended series of flowering trees titled Mike Kelley, in tribute to the artist who was among her chief mentors during her years at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Three examples from this series comprise Jennifer Steinkamp: The Seasons, creating a luminous grove in the soaring spaces of Cullinan Hall, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
These projections enter into an eloquent dialogue as they surround the viewer. Each tree passes through seasonal cycles, going from bare to tender green; to autumnal incandescence; and back to the barren boughs of winter. At the same time, the boughs gyrate in a sinuous ballet, implying the larger earth cycles of wind, storm, and change.
Jennifer Steinkamp: The Seasons | December 18, 2018–January 17, 2019