Apr 5 – June 14
Laura Letinsky is drawn to the apparent matter-of-factness of the still life and, for more than a decade, she has been delving into the possibilities of the historical genre by delicately finessing subject matter, lighting, and composition. Suspicious of symbolic inferences, her photographs consider themes of domesticity, desire, fulfillment, and waste. Currently on view at Leopold are two different iterations of her still life investigation: the Hardly More Than Ever series from 2000-05 and the series The Dog and The Wolf from 2010-11.
The earlier photographs, shot in the morning light inside the artist’s domestic space, describe remants of her own meals or the detritus from a previous night’s party. Exploring indulgence and consumption, these photographs of decay and abandonment suggest the utopic highs and inevitable disappointments of domestic life. In the stillness of her images, Letinsky grants her discarded subjects a place in the world that is at odds with their intended service.