Art & Statement: Strong Force by Leah Beeferman
Leah Beeferman on her current exhibition Strong Force at Rawson Projects:
These pieces, which are from an ongoing series called Strong Force, are made from photographs I’ve taken during residencies in the Arctic and in Iceland combined with digitally-drawn gestural marks and flat digital color.
I developed them as a way of combining a “real” space from my observation and experience with an imaginary and intangible one informed by my interests in abstract physics and digital space. I think about my working process as a cross between drawing and photography, but it is crucial that the different elements appear to exist on the same plane, rather than feeling separate, as more traditional collage might.
Working digitally allows this to happen. It also allows the pieces to still feel like they are drawings, and for the presence of my hand to remain without the distraction of materiality— which is important for the content I’m thinking about.
My work has been drawing-based for years, but my definition of drawing has always been very open, and has often incorporated digital processes alongside more traditional ones. I’ve always been very interested in photography, but had never used it in my work until I began this series in 2013. My art studies were very interdisciplinary and didn’t require focusing on a specific medium.
In college, I did a lot of printmaking, and though I eventually gave it up to make drawings— which are so much more immediate and not process-oriented— I do think printmaking really influenced the ways I think about shape and form.
I also spent a lot of time working on digital projects in college and, especially, in grad school. Ultimately, I would say that coming to the processes I am using now has really been a natural progression, one that still allows me to engage many of these ongoing artistic interests.
The above text was originally published as an interview on Rawson Projects website on the occasion of Leah Beeferman’s first solo show in the gallery. You can find the full interview here.
“Strong Force” will be on view at Rawson Projects, 221 Madison St, New York, NY 10002 from September 12 – October 25, 2015.
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