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Lehmann Maupin, Seoul, photo by OnArt Studio, 4, 13.8 feet high


The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, photo by James Ewing, 1, 12.16 feet high

Artist:  Jennifer Steinkamp
  Blind Eye
Clark 43' x 12', Lehmann Maupin 46' x 10.4'
Photo Credits:
James Ewing, Matthew Herrmann
Part of the Collections: 

Thoma Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Health Sciences at The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Martin Margulies Collection, Miami, Florida

Exhibition History:

  1. Blind Eye, The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, curated by Esther Bell, June 29 - October 8, 2018, exhibited 1, 12.61 feet high.
  2. Impeach, Lehmann Maupin, New York, New York, curated by Carla Camacho, February 28 - April 13, 2019, exhibited 3, 10.42 feet high.
  3. Womb, Talley Dunn, Dallas, Texas, August 24 - October 26, 2019, exhibited 4, 11.95 feet high.
  4. Art in Our Times, Contemporary Masters, and Philanthropy, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, Florida, curated by Katherine Hinds, October 15, 2019 - April 25, 2020, exhibited 3, 9.25 feet high.
  5. Among the Trees, The Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom, curated by Ralph Rugoff, March 4 - October 31, 2020, exhibited 1, 14.57 feet high.
  6. Souls, Lehmann Maupin, Seoul, South Korea, September 3 - October 31, 2020, exhibited 4, 13.8 feet high.
  7. Networked Nature, Art Vault, Santa Fe, New Mexico, curated by Jason Foumberg, April 30, 2021 - April 30, 2022, exhibited 1, 17.36 feet high.
  8. 2021 Cheongju Museum of Art, Open Hall Project, Jennifer Steinkamp: Blind Eye, Cheongju Museum of Art, Cheongju, South Korea, curated by Eungi Choi, September 17 - November 14, 2021, exhibited 7, 33.5 feet high.

Description:  Blind Eye was conceived to interact with the Clark's 140-acre setting and the architecture of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill designed by the architect Tadao Ando. The art engages with one of the oldest themes in art history nature and landscape. Blind Eye depicts the seasonal phases of a birch grove. The composition is a play on monocular perspective, an inter-exchange of a multiple gaze.

I am fascinated by the recent discoveries that trees communicate through an underground chemical exchange; the Radio Lab Episode where they discussed this was amazing. You can certainly sense the incorporeal in nature. If anything, this is a consistent current in my work. There is so much we can just barely sense and feel; I believe we are surrounded by sentience. I use the tangible invisible forces in air to communicate this, for example, an invisible wind is revealed by the trees movement in Blind Eye.

The title Blind Eye is a play on words: it refers to a tree blind; it also conveys the singular eye scars left on birch trees after they lose their branches; it is seeing with one eye, or monocular vision; there are so many things we turn a blind eye to these days, Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement is among the most hideous. We are dumping carbon and methane gases into the atmosphere, changing the climate at exceeding rates.



Lehmann Maupin, New York, photo by Matthew Herrmann, 3, 10.42 feet high


The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, photo by James Ewing, 1