Erika Blumenfeld, Light Leaks Variation No.13, 1999,
56-4x5" color Polaroid film and 72 clear pushpins, 31 1/4" x 34 1/4", Collection of the Polaroid Corporation

Erika Blumenfeld, Raised in the Boston area, Erika Blumenfeld (b. 1971) is an internationally exhibiting artist with a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City. In 1994 Blumenfeld moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where she has worked since. In 1998 she developed a process to reduce photography to its most essential ingredients: light and light-sensitive material. Without the use of a traditional camera, she exposes photographic paper to sun and moonlight so that a perfect gradation of light appears across the surface of the film or paper. The resulting images are recordings of light—minimalistic documentations of light present at the exact moment the exposure was taken.

Blumenfeld's recent “Light Recording” installations have been exhibited at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Ballroom Marfa in Marfa, Texas; the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; DiverseWorks Art Space in Houston, Texas; the Galerie der Stadt Mainz-Brückenturm, Mainz, Germany; the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) in Portland, Oregon; the Santa Fe Art Institute and the Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts. Her work has been featured in Art In America, ARTnews, Arté Contemporary, and Camera Arts magazines, and is included in The Polaroid Book published by Taschen. She has received grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Land Rheinland-Pfalz Kultusministerium in Germany, and the Polaroid Corporation. Blumenfeld was also Ballroom Marfa's inaugural artist-in-residence, and was awarded a Special Editions Fellowship from the Lower East Side Printshop in New York. Blumenfeld was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, 2008 in the field of Creative Arts: Environment-Based Installation.

Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and The Polaroid Collection.

 

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