Sheila Pinkel

Through Spring 2024


Sheila Pinkel. Folded Paper. c. 1974–82. Gelatin silver print, 51 7/8 × 103 3/8" (131.8 × 262.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photography Purchase Fund. © 2023 Sheila Pinkel
  • MoMA, Floor 3

Folded Paper is the result of an experiment. As an art student in the 1970s, Sheila Pinkel studied with a physicist and began to explore the possibilities of light as material for art-making. She brought a big piece of photographic paper into the darkroom, where she folded and crushed it to change its physical shape, then exposed it to a single light source. Once developed, the paper flattened, and the resulting picture became what the artist has called a “time-space paradox”: three-dimensional space understood as a two-dimensional photograph.

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