(Not So) Still Life
(Not So) Still Life
Glyndor Gallery | April 5–July 4
Laura Letinsky, Untitled #4, 2010/2011, from series Ill Form and Void Full, archival pigment print on Hahnemüle paper, 39 3/8” x 47 5/8”. Copyright Laura Letinsky, Courtesy Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
Laura Letinsky has long been drawn to the ways in which atmosphere is constructed and space is suggested in Dutch and Flemish still life painting. She has developed multiple photography series that expand on an interest in decoration and the aesthetics of the home as a way to express identity. In the Hardly More Than Ever series, there is an unease in the spaces: as familiar objects are precariously situated, keeping the viewer on edge. The assembled objects suggest earlier activity now unknown to the viewer. Letinsky pushes the idea of illusion and perfection in the Ill Form and Void Full series, also shown in this gallery, by making provisional threedimensional constructions with cutouts from lifestyle magazines and art reproductions. Roughly assembled in a neutral space and bathed in natural light, the scale and relationship of objects is shifted, while the form and void is accentuated. Ultimately, the still life is flattened as a two-dimensional photograph.
Letinsky has exhibited widely, including in solo exhibitions at the Photographers’ Gallery, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; and the Denver Museum of Art. The Ill Form and Void Full series was published in a book by Radius Press, and her work is included in the book Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life, published by Thames & Hudson. She is professor and chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. Letinsky earned an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the University of Manitoba.
Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.