Letinsky Nectarine 

Laura Letinsky
Still Life Photographs 1997 - 2012

Untitled #38, 2001
from Hardly More Than Ever Series
Chromogenic print
Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery

For more than fifteen years, Laura Letinsky has explored the possibilities of still life photography. The generally subdued colors of her work lend it an air of lightness and tranquility that is often at odds with the moldering produce and mass-produced remnants of daily life she orchestrates in her photographs. On close inspection, playful manipulations of balance, space, and scale reveal both her curiosity about human perception and her rigorous search for meaningful form.

While Letinsky’s earlier photographs evoke feelings of melancholy—often awakening a sense of absence or an awareness of time that has just passed—her recent work has focused on elaborate paper constructions that produce complex spatial and perceptual puzzles when photographed. Intrigued by the shifting relationship between ideas and their corresponding representations in visual art, she uses the time-honored genre of still life both to explore the way we see and to challenge our understanding of what we observe. 

Biographical Information

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Laura Letinsky graduated with a BFA (Hon) from the School of Art in 1986, and continued on to Yale University School of Art to earn an MFA degree in 1991. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.

Laura’s work has been exhibited at Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; Musee de Beaux-Arts, Montreal; Casino Luxembourg; Galerie m Bochum, Germany; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nederlands Foto Institute; and The Renaissance Society, Chicago. Her work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; J.P. Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Hermes Collection, Paris;; The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.

Laura is a recent recipient of Canada Council’s International Residency in Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. She has received grants are from the Richard Driehaus Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, Anonymous Was A Woman Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and Canada and Manitoba Arts Council.

To visit Laura Letinsky's website, click here.

Exhibition run
February 4 to
April 1, 2016

Thursday, March 17
4:30 - 6:30 pm

Artist presentation
March 17, 6:30 pm

Shallow, neither flat nor deep
March 14 - 18

10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Gallery Hours
Mon. to Fri., 12 - 4 pm
Or by appointment

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