Sunday, February 12, 2012

BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works - Laura Letinsky

BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works
Laura Letinsky

February 7 - April 17, 2012

In February, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago presents the second exhibition in the Chicago Works series with the work of Laura Letinsky. Letinsky is known for elegantly composed still-life photographs that engage with sentiments of desire, fulfillment, and loss, as well as the fleeting nature of time. For her exhibition, Letinsky presents a new body of photographs, Ill Form and Void Full, which opens on Tuesday, February 7, and runs through April 17, 2012, and is curated by MCA Pamela Alper Associate Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm.

Recently, Letinsky's studio-based practice has evolved in a new direction that incorporates photographs - from magazines as well as her own and others - to make images that play with the perception of space in her still-life compositions. Actual objects, such as papaya, cherry pits, silverware, and ripped paper, along with images taken from art reproductions as well as decor and cooking magazines, are carefully arranged, resulting in a disorienting collage within the photograph.

By working with pre-existing images, produced by a culture that also consumes them, Letinsky is able to shift, connect, and delight in the process of making meaning. She has long been interested in the genre of still lifes because of the way it indicates a societal trend towards material things and stands in for the psychological and the emotional, as well as for politics and ideology.

Laura Letinsky is a professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago, Born in Winnipeg, Canada, she has a BFA from the University of Manitoba (1986) and a MFA from Yale University (1991) and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. She has exhibited widely including exhibitions at the Renaissance Society, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; Casino Luxembourg; Galerie m Bochum, Germany; and Nederlands Foto Institute.

Chicago Works is a series dedicated to artists of all generations, and at various points in their careers, living and working in Chicago. The exhibition series, which launched in November 2011, presents new bodies of work by four artists each year.

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