March 22nd – April 28th, 2007
Laura Letinsky (b. Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1962)
The gallery is pleased to announce our third exhibition of work by Laura Letinsky. In this series, "Somewhere, Somewhere", Letinsky photographs peoples' former and future homes, capturing spaces that display remnants of the previous owners' lives and are also an empty stage upon which future lives will inhabit.
Marnie Fleming, in her essay that accompanied Letinsky's exhibition of this work at Gairloch Gardens, describes these photographs as being "… empty and full at the same time." As in her previous projects, Letinsky concentrates on the domestic arena. Although the homes have been devoid of the previous owners' material possessions, the spare remnants entice the viewer to speculate on the complexity of the lives that lived within these walls as well as their own material-mindedness. Through her mastery of light and colour, she transforms the overlooked into something beautiful. Letinsky states that she is "fascinated with how the camera sees and shows our world, moreover, how it instructs us, and how seeing, wanting, having, and knowing are intertwined."
Laura Letinsky was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1962. In 1986 she received her B.F.A. from the University of Manitoba and in 1991 her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT. Currently, she holds the position of Professor and Chair, Department of the Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. She has exhibited internationally, and her work is in the permanent collections of: Amon Carter Museum, TX; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Il; Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; LaSalle Bank Photography Collection; Microsoft Art Collection, Seattle, WA; Museum of Fine Art, Houston; San Francisco Museum of Art; the Winnipeg Art Gallery; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT to name a few.