Stage Projections for the Opera, Dulce Rosa" & "North of Conception
Jenny Okun’s ninth solo exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery consists of images that Okun has made to be projected on the stage of the opera, Dulce Rosa, which is being presented at the LA Philharmonic from May 17 - June 9 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Using a medium format camera, Okun creates multiple exposure photographs that are both abstract and architecturally specific. When viewing the images, one senses the drama of Dulce Rosa as its protagonist plans revenge in a South American country. The horizontal format of each montage of photographs transports the viewer through shifting space and light, hinting at the pacing and moods of the opera.
For the past 30 years, Jenny 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 the layering of images digitally, creating more complex montages on a broader range of subjects and, most recently, projecting her artwork onto the stage. Okun’s ninth exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery will feature images that she has created for the opera, Dulce Rosa, composed by Lee Holdridge with a libretto by Okun’s husband, Richard Sparks. Presented by the LA Opera, conducted by Plácido Domingo, the opera is based on the short story, Una Venganza, by Isabel Allende. Dulce Rosa premieres at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica on May 17th and runs through June 9th. For this project, Okun made thousands of brilliantly colored photographic images of architecture and flora in Central and South America, then edited and montaged them into the seamlessly evolving projections that flood the walls of the stage.