Rocky Shores

Exhibition Review

  • "Leah Beeferman: Cold Color"

  • Rawson Projects, New York
  • 14 Sep 2016 - 23 Oct 2016

Leah Beeferman, Spectrums 1 (2016), digital C-print, 32 x 48 inches. Courtesy the artist and Rawson Projects, New York.

The prints in Leah Beeferman’s recent exhibition, “Cold Color,” at New York’s Rawson Projects update time-honored conventions of landscape painting and photography to address our increasingly mediated relationship with nature. Through digital drawing and digital collage, Beeferman manipulates space, density, color and perspective to shape formally conscious pictures of the environment. Rather than offering expansive photographic vistas as Ansel Adams did in the 20th century or Luminist water views à la the 19th-century painter John Frederick Kensett, Beeferman confronts viewers with photomechanical snippets of rocks, water and sand. The large digital C-print Spectrums 1 (2016) includes eight image clusters of gray-green water and steely rocks on a saturated sea-foam-green background. Evenly dispersed throughout the picture plane, and disparately scaled to create figure-ground tension, the clipped photographs of rocks and water are layered with varying degrees of transparency, overlapping and melding.

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