American installation artist brings the great outdoors inside
While many people have incorporated technology, like playing a video of a campfire or ocean waves on a projector screen at home to compensate for not being able to travel amid the current Covid-19 pandemic, “Souls” illuminates the beauty of nature by incorporating 3-D computer animation software.
Once visitors enter the dark exhibition hall, they are naturally drawn to a projector screen that stretches into a room-sized environment. The HD video installation offers the detailed and lively movement of a natural object as if it's being viewed under a microscope. As soon as a shadow is cast, one becomes part of the work. By blurring out the boundaries between art and technology through interaction, Steinkamp’s animated installations create a unique virtual reality where viewers can be completely immersed in the digital landscape.
“I am fascinated by software’s ability to create ideas we would never conceive of in the natural world,” Steinkamp said.
The exhibition highlights her important position as a leading artist in the field of digital animation and as a pioneer in conducting experiments that fully digitize images, colors, textures and movements.
She transforms an existing space that is as plain as a white wall into artwork by realizing the colors and movements of nature through the reflection of light using 3-D rendering techniques. She first draws the images digitally and then uses software to render her work. With technological advances, she updates her work with more pixels and higher resolution by formatting the original work.
Co-hosted by two galleries in Jongno District, central Seoul, “Souls” introduces six of her video installations, which consist of her new work, “Still-Life 4” (2020), “Judy Crook 12, 14” (2019) and her “Retinal 1, 2” (2019) at Leeahn Gallery and “Blind Eye 4” (2019), “Primordial, 1” (2020) and “Daisy Chain Twist, tall” (2004) at Lehmann Maupin Seoul.
In an endless cycle, flowers bloom in spring, green leaves sprout in summer, leaves turn red in autumn and trees shed their leaves in winter. The continuously moving images of the tree are rendered realistically, which allow visitors to feel the ideals of infinite life.
The exhibition will be held until Oct. 31 at Leeahn Gallery and Lehmann Maupin Seoul in central Seoul.
BY KIM YEON-AH [firstname.lastname@example.org]