Jessica Labatte discusses her work during this informal gallery talk. The program is part of the MCA's monthly UBS 12 × 12: New Artists/New Work exhibition series.
Labatte is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her formal explorations of everyday objects and materials focus on color and shape while emphasizing a collage aesthetic grounded in both the illusionistic tendencies of photography and the still life tradition. By manipulating the picture plane on her large format camera and emphasizing a deceptively flattened space, Labatte asks us to consider the photographic space and its relation to both the picture frame and the two-dimensionality of the paper support.