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I make digital prints and videos which combine my documentation from remote natural places with digital drawing and experiential and scientific information. This work considers relationships among nature, abstraction, perception, contemporary physics, and the digital, with a curiosity about what is “real” and what is observed. The landscapes I document evidence earthly processes; they are manifestations of the physical systems that determine the natural, “real” world. When layered with digital color/gesture and presented within a digital framework, however, they become abstract and elusive.
What does it mean to measure a landscape? In the terms of quantum physics, some scientists say that the tools you use to measure actually define the measurement: they simultaneously create, and limit, what you can measure. So what can photography measure? What about image-making, and abstracting? Can they measure a landscape, an experience, or my experience of a landscape? Is it possible that they can locate something invisible by examining what is visible?
Leah Beeferman is an artist from New York City, currently based in Helsinki. She has had solo exhibitions at Rawson Projects, NY and Sorbus, Helsinki. Recent two-person and group exhibitions include Klaus von Nichtssagend, NY; Bass & Reiner, San Francisco; Fridman Gallery, NY; Ditch Projects, OR; Interstate Projects, Brooklyn; Tyson, Cologne; and Toves, Copenhagen. Residencies include LMCC Workspace, NY; The Arctic Circle, Svalbard; Mustarinda, Finland; Sirius, Ireland; and Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago. Publications include Triple Point, an artist book published by Lodret Vandret, Copenhagen. Beeferman received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA from Brown University. From 2016-17, she traveled to Finland on a Fulbright Scholar Award.
Artist’s website: www.leahbeeferman.com