Jenny Okun and her work are no strangers to readers of EYES IN. She has been featured on these pages before. And now she's out with another opus, Dreamscapes: The Photographic Art of Jenny Okun.
Dreamscapes gathers more than 100 photographs that combine Okun’s on-location photography from around the world with masterly digital manipulation to create unique images at once familiar and otherworldly. Here are landscapes and gardens, buildings and sculpture, flora and fauna, nudes, ancient maps, and paintings reimagined in dreamlike perspectives that evoke, in the words of photography curator Karen Sinsheimer, not only these realities in themselves but Okun’s “subjective memory of experiencing them.”
“As in her earlier work,” Sinsheimer writes in her introduction to Dreamscapes, “the images featured in the present volume display an evolving aesthetic that harks back to the Romantic pursuit of essence and feeling rather than realistic depiction. From Spain to Thailand, Las Vegas to Costa Rica, and England to California, the world offers Okun unlimited experiential richness.”
“Her images of Italian gardens and villas transcend time and place, while the boogie-woogie neon rhythms of nighttime Las Vegas pulse with energy and excitement. One can hear the roar and feel the force of gushing waters in her Yosemite Waterfall images, and sink into the sensuous, luxuriant beauty of the human nude, clothed or veiled or dancing in projected light forms. A silent benediction seems to emanate from the filtered light of Salisbury Cathedral’s stained-glass windows, and angelic presences reach down from their lofty perches to grace human frailty.”
The month of April will see two exhibitions in California and Italy, respectively, of Jenny Okun's photographs that feature in Dreamscapes.
Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica will host DREAMSCAPES from April 14th through May 19th 2012. The Museo Storico in the city of Lecce, Italy will host DREAMSCAPES from April 20th through Sept 15th 2012.
Jenny Okun is a graduate of London’s Slade School of Art and Chelsea College of Art and Design. Her work has been shown in more than sixty international exhibitions, and is represented in numerous private and public collections. Okun has received commissions from, among other institutions, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Tate Modern, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She maintains studios in London and Los Angeles.
Karen Sinsheimer is Curator of Photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, a position she has held for more than two decades.