Erika Blumenfeld: Early Findings: Artifacts from The Polar Project

Date September 30, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Author Editor

Publication THE magazine

Categories Performing Arts


September 11 to October 24
Richard Levy Gallery, 514 Central Avenue SW, Alb., 505-766-9888
Opening reception, Saturday, October 3, 6 to 8 pm.

Erika Blumenfeld’s solo exhibition at Richard Levy Gallery is part of the LAND/ART program and narrates through photography, video, and essay text a tale of the land as sublime—not only for its nearly unbearable beauty, but also for what we are losing as the world’s climate changes. Early this year, Blumenfeld traveled to the Queen Maud Land of Eastern Antarctica where she lived for four weeks, keeping company with ice fields, glaciers, and mountains of ancient rock. The vastness and luminosity of the Ice Continent are evoked through her art and its unabashed connection with science. Blumenfeld studied with the South African National Antarctica Program and initiated her environmentally oriented, scientific, and aesthetic observations as an artist in residence with the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation research team. The results are resplendent, revealing the microcosmic structures within the macrocosm that we know as life. As for her work’s intention, Blumenfeld found that she is “really an ecologist and an archivist” in the nineteenth-century tradition of botanically-minded collectors and illustrators. She states, “I’m attempting to document and catalogue in order to preserve the natural phenomena I witness, and show its particular inherent beauty.”