Jennifer Steinkamp "Moth" @ ACME, LA

March 02, 2012

Jennifer Steinkamp's captivating installations first became known to us after seeing her piece “Madame Curie"  at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. The installation incorporated three-dimensional projections that engulfed the entire space in the museum, expanding the walls and into a hypnotizing deep space of both digital and natural elements. Organic mass composed of flowers, leaves and other verdurous debris floated continuously about the entire room which upon closer inspection, is clearly pixelated and digitized. This tension between the natural and the digital representation is something that permeates our lives. Upon reading a review from Daily Serving, the relevance of digital representation that consumes our lives is obvious to Steinkamp's work.
Her current show "Moth" at ACME, Los Angeles takes a step back from the larger installations that transform entire rooms into digitized realms of hypnotizing reverie and focuses on quieter works that subtly call attention to tattered cloths that waver in a gentle illusionistic breeze fabricated by the three-dimensional projections that reflect this reoccurring play between digital imitation and natural subjects of observation. The abandoned, seemingly moth-eaten textiles suggest the ephemera of our lives that are forgotten among our pursuits to be constantly documenting, digitizing, and sharing (via the internet), while missing much of the emotional sensitivity to our surroundings that seems to be an increasingly outdated mindset of the past. "Moth" runs at ACME in Los Angeles until March 10th.