Water Color

Leah Beeferman, Water Color

May 18 – July 8, 2018
Opening Reception: Fri. May 18, 7-9pm

“No matter where it is, water is moving. It is always in passage, wanting to be elsewhere. Thus water evaporates from the sea, blows over the lands, hovers, condenses into spheres, falls, evaporates again, or trickles downwards through the earth into waiting reservoirs deep among the folded rocks; or runs off the land and back into the sea. We know the times, too, of water’s passage. We have measured these things: nine days in the atmosphere, a few years in lakes; a few hundred years in groundwater; a few thousand years in oceans; more than ten thousand years in the ice cap of Antarctica. Always moving. Yearning to be somewhere else.” — Bill Green, Water, Ice, & Stone

The color of water is determined by the conditions surrounding it: how light scatters off of and through it; the weather; the color of the sky; how deep that water lies; and what the water itself contains. Water is highly formed, yet without form: as Roni Horn says, “its shape is determined by things not water.” It is infinitely flexible, a malleable liquid made from a surprisingly precise and deceivingly rigid set of molecular bonds.

Water Color includes two pieces: a video taken off the side of a boat near the coast of western Svalbard (an Arctic archipelago situated halfway between Norway and the North Pole), and a watercolor drawing, made on a table in Providence, Rhode Island.