Stewardship Stories: Erika Blumenfeld (Cultural Landscape Foundation Interview)

By The Cultural Landscape Foundation (Interview for their Stewardship Stories initiative, March 2014) I’m interested in the place where human culture and our natural environment connect and as a transdisciplinary artist and documentary photographer my recent work has focused on the cultural value of nature. Since 1998 my art has led me to investigate the physics of atmospheric and astronomic phenomena as well as the simple beauties and complex afflictions of our environment and ecologies. I have chronicled a range…read more »

Erika Blumenfeld: Ecological Archivist (Guggenheim Interview)

By The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (Interview for Guggenheim Newsletter, December 2013) Erika, you are perhaps best known for The Polar Project, which you were inspired to begin during an artist residency at the McDonald Observatory and continued with support from your Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. Given the extreme conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, what challenges did you face in terms of methodology and photographic equipment in producing these stunning images of a part of the planet few…read more »

Erika Blumenfeld finds artistic beauty in the remnants of wildfires (Austin American-Statesman)

By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (Austin American-Statesman, July 22, 2013) Shortly before Erika Blumenfeld arrived in Austin early this month to install her elegant yet prescient solo exhibit now at Women & Their Work, the artist visited the charred landscape left behind by a wildfire that still burns in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest. Blumenfeld gathered tree branches turned to charcoal, rocks licked black by the flames and cactus paddles burned to a crisp. Like reliquaries — or perhaps pieces…read more »

The Light Innate (NMH Interview)

By Rachael Hanley (NMH Magazine, August 2010) One February evening, as the sun was sinking low on the horizon, Erika Blumenfeld ‘90 set out on her daily kilometer-long trek across the Antarctic ice. Ahead of her was the black geodesic dome where she worked and occasionally slept. Behind her was a research station, an oasis of warmth and light in the sea of white. But Blumenfeld, swaddled in 40 pounds of clothing, stopped and turned her face toward the horizon…read more »

Erika Blumenfeld: Fields Of Light (CCA Catalogue Essay)

By Arden Reed (CCA Catalogue, July 2005) The Red Wheelbarrow so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. –William Carlos Williams Reduce. Reduce in order to get down to the essence, to the thing itself (1). Clear a space to record something elusive. But not something hidden, as you might suppose; reduce, rather, in order to document the everyday, the omnipresent, the “little bit too self-evident”—-namely light itself. “Light” was the infant…read more »

Blumenfeld Illuminates The Elusive: Light (Denver Post Review)

By Kyle MacMillan (Denver Post, December 1, 2006) For centuries, painters have tried to capture the elusive effects of light in their canvases, and in recent decades artists such as Dan Flavin, James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson have made light the very essence of their work. Photography, of course, is unthinkable without light: The medium is by definition the creation of images through the imprinting of light either chemically or digitally. Erika Blumenfeld, an innovative, fast-rising Santa Fe artist, takes…read more »

Erika Blumenfeld At The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Art in America Review)

By Sue Taylor (Art in America, October 2001) “Moments of Light” was the title of Erika Blumenfeld’s exhibition of minimalistic photographs with time as their underlying theme. Blumenfeld has invented a process for producing imageless pictures of passing events—-a tempest, sunset or solstice. Modifying a 19th-century view camera for use with Polaroid film, she found that light creeping into the imperfect device exposed the film without her manipulating the shutter. Her serial “Light Leaks” resulted from this serendipitous discovery, which…read more »