The first major monograph on photographer Jenny Okun, Variations gathers 93 images that span more than twenty-five years of the artist's work. Independently and through prestigious commissions, Okun has traveled the world to create dazzling, multilayered interpretations of buildings by Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Richard Rogers, and many other renowned architects. Photographic commissions have included the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Tate Modern, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In the words of author Craig Krull, "Okun's artwork consists of large-scale color photographic abstractions of architectural works. Rather than produce literal representations of buildings, Okun distills their essential qualities of form, texture, color, and detail, developing a Cubist interpretation."
"Looking at architecture," Okun has written, "is like listening to music. Both are dramatic forms that reveal multiple, repeating themes. Above all, both require time. Just as a symphony cannot be experienced in a few seconds, it is impossible to see a whole building all at once. When I photograph a building, I feel as if I am conducting with my camera as I explore the architect's themes in time and space. The layering of harmonious overlapping shapes creates new and playful variations on the theme of the original architecture."