10 March 2012
JENNY OKUN: Dreamscapes
April 14 – May 19, 2012
Reception: Saturday, April 14, 4-6pm
Jenny Okun’s eighth solo exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery, “Dreamscapes”, will
consist of a selection of recent work from her newly published book of the same name.
For the past 20 years, Okun has been recognized for her multiple exposure
photographic abstractions of architecture made with a medium format camera. With
this process, the New York Times states, Okun reveals “the very soul of the buildings
she photographs.” In recent years, her photography has shifted to layering her
photographs digitally and creating more complex montages on a broader range of
Okun’s extensive travels provide continuing inspiration for her work. English
garden mazes become even more twisted into strange Alice in Wonderland curiosities.
The Art Nouveau/Spanish Gothic spires of Antonio Gaudi are montaged into a chimera
of organic abstraction. In already extraordinary locations such as Talloires, France,
Okun transforms mountain and sky into worlds of her own device, echoing the words
of 15th century Venetian cartographer Fra Mauro, who said, “My map…was only one
version of reality. It would only be of any use if it were employed as an instrument of
the imagination. It occurred to me that the world itself should be seen as an elaborate
artifice, and the expression of a will without end.”
Okun will be signing her new book, “Dreamscapes: the Photographic Art of
Jenny Okun” published by Five Ties, at the opening reception.
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