Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

Leah Beeferman – Strong Force

Jun 24, 2016 - Daniel Everett

From the first time I saw Leah Beeferman’s work I’ve been captivated by it. There is something fascinating about the use of space and the unconventional implementation of photography within the work. At a time when photography seems to be struggling to reclaim its own materiality, Leah’s work does a stunning job of breaking new ground without reveling in its own newness. The pieces, consisting of metallic prints face-mounted to acrylic, have an impressive depth and physicality. The work is both poetic and surprising. From the press release for Strong Force at Rawson Projects: Leah Beeferman's ongoing series of digital drawings, Strong Force (Chromodynamics), comes from an interest in the intangible and nonvisual space of theoretical physics and computer-based image-making. Using photographs and scans of objects from remote locations, Beeferman merges a very "real" space (from her own observation and experience) with the flatness and depth of "virtual" space (digital image-making) to create a physical object that lies somewhere in the space between a photograph, a drawing and a sculpture (the resulting works are face-mounted digital c-prints on metallic paper). And it is this notion of "in-betweenness" that connects the artist's ideas about the non-uniform in her work to her interest in theoretical and quantum physics: "True "empty space" isn’t something we can access, and neither is dense emptiness.”