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.
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.
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.
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
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.