BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Laura Letinsky


Laura Letinsky, Untitled #4 (from the Ill Form and Void Full series), 2010. Archival pigment print on Hanemuhle paper; 40 x 31 in. (101.6 x 78.7 cm). Courtesy of the artist; Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago; and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York


BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Laura Letinsky debuts the artist’s newest body of work, a photographic series titled Ill Form and Void Full (2010–11). Known for her elegantly composed figurative and still-life photographs that engage with problems of desire, expectation, and the fleeting nature of time, Letinsky is exploring new directions in her practice, incorporating into her compositions reproductions of images that dramatically complicate viewers’ perceptions of space within the picture plane. In the works on view in this exhibition, Letinsky has carefully arranged three-dimensional objects, such as papaya, cherry pits, silverware, and ripped paper, among flat images taken from decor and cooking magazines and art reproductions (of her own and others’ work). These round and flat objects, some reshaped by the artist to assume new forms, are often indistinguishable from one another, combining in an innovative process of collage. The title of the series reflects Letinsky’s interest in how language can complicate our perception of the images.

This exhibition is curated by MCA Pamela Alper Associate Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm.

With ordinary objects, artist Laura Letinsky instills—and questions—photographic desire from WBEZ on Vimeo.

Installation view

Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Laura Letinsky, MCA Chicago, Feb 7–Apr 17, 2012 Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


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