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IntroductionJenny Okun - Photographic Compositions of Architectural Diversity
The works of American artist Jenny Okun bring together two positions of modern aesthetics – cubism and architectural photography. The image series she creates are compositions of multiple shots of the architecture of specific buildings. The photographic technique alone ensures the extraordinary nature of these remarkably abstract pictures, which combine both aesthetic design and analytical vision across the image space.
By bringing together overlapping shots of architecture on a film strip, Okun creates a continuum of piercing abstract geometric forms and surfaces. As with her illustrious role models Picasso, Braque, Gris and Leger, the image content is divided up into diverse cubist perspectives and is then transformed into pure abstraction through the medium’s transparency and powerful aesthetic. The emphasis on graphics and the dynamic combination of simple geometric forms is reminiscent of the Suprematism images. By using architecture to generate her images and give them an energetic form, Okun is following in a rich tradition of art history. It was Le Corbusier, after all, who first transformed the transparency and powerful aesthetic of cubism into modern architecture.
1953 Born in the USA 1971 Studied painting, photography, and filmmaking at Wimbledon School of Art, Chelsea School of Art and Slade School of Art, USA Studios in London, UK and Los Angeles, USACollectionsJ.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Herbert F.Johnson Museum, Cornell, USA
Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Tate Modern, London, UKExhibitionsCooming Soon
2012 Craig Krull, Santa Monica, USA Museo Storico della Citta di Lecce (MUST), Lecce, Italy 2009 Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco, USA 2008 Art First, London, UK Building 98 : Grubb & Ellis, Marfa, Texas, USA Hennessey + Ingalls : Art and Architecture Bookstore, Santa Monica, USA 2007 Craig Krull "Studio Walls" and Book Signing, Santa Monica, USA The Colburn School, Los Angeles, USA 2006 Don Giovanni, El Portal Theatre, North Hollywood, USA the architectural photography of Jenny Okun on the sets by Yael Pardess, El Dorado Opera, Los Angeles, USA 2005 Craig Krull, Santa Monica, USA Art First, London, UK 2004 Kashya Hildebrand, New York, USA und Geneva, Switzerland Craig Krull, Santa Monica, USA 2002 Art First, London, UK Durst Organization, kuratiert von Claudia Carr, NYC, USA BC Space, Laguna Beach California, USA 2001 Craig Krull, Santa Monica, USA Numark Gallery, Washington DC, USA 2000 Claudia Carr, New York, USA Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles, USA
2012 Film: London/Cape Wrath/London, Open City Docs Festival, London UK Film: Still Life, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria 2011 Skydreamers, Autry Museum, Griffiths Park Los Angeles, USA Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK Film: Waves, South London Gallery, UK 2010 Randall Scott, Brooklyn, New York, USA Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK 2009 Craig Krull, Santa Monica, USA 2007 Art First, London, UK 2004 Summer Show, Kashya Hildebrand, New York, USA and Geneva, Switzerland 2002 Artists Show, Numark Gallery, Washington DC, USA Show Walls, Durst Oranization, New York, USA ooparts II, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, USA BC Space, Laguna Beach, USA 2001 Gensler Associates, Santa Monica, USA