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New Yorker Review: Laura Letinsky at Yancey Richardson Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 03, 2014

III Form & Void Full

Through October 20, 2012

Laura Letinsky continues to engage the still life genre in what has extended into a 15 year exploration. III Form & Void Full unfolds perception, space, and perspective and thereby unravels the traditional source of tension at the root of the subject's metaphoric vanitas nature. Real dimensional forms are juxtaposed with clippings from her own work or from other sources like magazines. Groupings of dimensional and flat elements converge on tabletops or along the studio wall cast with white ground. The effect is clean but a bit uneasy. Often we struggle to steady ourselves against tilted planes. Tension emerges there and develops strength as it sparks curiosity; we endeavor to determine what is what- object or image.

The work is intoxicating. We are as enchanted by the visual play as we are absorbed by our desire to establish a sense of order and definition. Shifting planes and perspective achieved through whole and suggested volumes are offset by edges of resting planes- tables, corners, even shadows. Our eyes continue to move and flow through the rhythm of the work that defies certain definition. What should normally give an element of stabilization- the resting planes shift reigniting the cycle of movement. Entranced we are left to consider the notions of reality, photographic authenticity, and self referentiality.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Yancey Richardson Gallery

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