February 27, 2012

Steinkamp Press Release

Jennifer Steinkamp: The Death of the Moth

March 2 – Late-Spring 2012

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, March 2, 2012, 6–8 pm
Members Preview: Artist Talk begins at 5:30 pm
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The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is pleased to present The Death of the Moth, an exhibition that features recent, animated installations by Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer Steinkamp. The exhibition shares its title with the 1942 short essay by Virginia Woolf, which was published posthumously and displays her signature stream-of-consciousness style in a vignette documenting a moth's final moments.
At FWM, The Death of the Moth exhibition pairs two of Steinkamp's installations that showcase a similar incessant, yet seemingly futile, struggle: Fly to Mars (2004-10) and her latest, Moth (2012). In Fly to Mars, a tree appears to be relentlessly blown about by wind throughout the winter, spring, summer, and fall. However, its upward motion suggests the movement is self-propelled, as if working to unearth its roots and launch itself into the galaxy. Moth displays the remnants of an equally dedicated act: billowing, patterned fabric, tattered by moth holes. This digital projection was inspired by FWM’s extensive collection of textiles and Steinkamp learning that moths are known for eating fabric. While the insects themselves are not visible, their presence is unmistakably sensed.
About The Artist
Jennifer Steinkamp (b. 1958, Denver, Colorado) is an insightful and incisive new media artist known for her time-based video projections of vividly colored trees, flowers, and fabric, which twist and vibrate as though propelled by an unseen force. Her installations explore the definitions of architectural space, motion, and perception with technological precision, while providing an immersive, contemplative experience for the viewer.
Steinkamp is an installation artist and a professor in the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA. She has been the subject of numerous one person exhibitions at such venues as greengrassi, London, England; Soledad Lorenzo Gallery, Madrid, Spain; ACME, Los Angeles, California; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California; Lehmann Maupin, New York; Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga, Spain; and the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Steinkamp’s work has been a part of group exhibitions at Prospect.2, New Orleans, Louisiana; the Denver Art Museum, Colorado; IVAM, Valencia, Spain; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida; The 11th Cairo International Biennale, Egypt; MassMoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; and the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah. She has received many awards and recognition, most recently including an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California (2011)—where she completed her BFA and MFA—and a J. Paul Getty Artist-in-Residence through the Getty Artist Program, Los Angeles, California (2010-11). Steinkamp is featured in several prominent public art collections that include the Martin Margulies Collection, Miami, Florida; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C; the Autostadt Collection, Wolfsburg, Germany; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California; and Bank of America, New York, New York. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Funding for this exhibition is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, LLWW Foundation, and Nimoy Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
Also on View at The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Opening March 2:
Mark Bradford: Geppetto
Pae White: Summer XX
At the New Temporary Contemporary
Mark Bradford and Carlos Avendaño: 2 Videos

Ongoing: Soft Village: Studio Makkink & Bey through Late-Spring 2012
About The Fabric Workshop and Museum
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is the only museum of its kind, offering internationally renowned artists the resources to create new work in experimental materials. Artists come from all media—including sculpture, installation, video, painting, ceramics, and architecture—and use FWM’s facilities and technical expertise to create works of art that they could not create on their own. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on-site in studios that are open to the public, providing visitors with the opportunity to see works of art from conception to completion. FWM’s permanent collections include not only complete works of art, but also material research, samples, prototypes, and photography and video of artists making and speaking about their work. Access to the creative process provides visitors with a point of entry into understanding challenging works of contemporary art. FWM offers an unparalleled experience to those young and old, including the most significant artists of our time, students, and the general public.
The programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum are supported by Agnes Gund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Arcadia Foundation, The Barra Foundation, Claneil Foundation, The Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, The Honickman Foundation, Independence Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Judith Rothschild Foundation, LEF Foundation, LLWW Foundation, Louis N. Cassett Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New Millennium Charitable Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Nimoy Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, PNC Foundation, Public Funds from the Netherlands Cultural Service, PNC Arts Alive, The Quaker Chemical Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Uplands Family Foundation, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
For more information, or to request images, please contact Michele Bregande, Assistant to the Directors, at michele@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org, or 215.561.8888.