February 22, 2010
Featured Artist Leah Oates Discusses Work
Last night, the Center for Book Arts hosted an engaging discussion with artist Leah Oates. Oates spoke candidly about how her Fine Arts background in printmaking gradually evolved into her own distinctive, artistic style. By utilizing multiple photographic exposures and a keen eye for color her one of a kind books bring to life through the juxtaposition of images a unique portrait and show how a place can become in its own right a representational narrative.
Oates is quick to admit her work is “a response to sites and objects that are ignored such as piles of trash, alleyways, overpasses or abandoned structures. In most instances the locations that I have shot in are not desirable travel destinations, are generally working class and are in industrial areas. This type of space has a personal resonance for me as I grew up in a very similar location in New England. I have a strong emotional connection, knowledge and familiarity with this kind of locality and want to document it in all of its poignant beauty.”
The evening provided a great opportunity to learn from an accomplished photographer and book artist both the finer techniques of her process and to discuss the overall position of the creative process in today’s changing society. I for one enjoyed the opportunity to handle some of these beautiful books, while asking specific questions about them. If you have not had a chance yet to visit this exhibition I strongly suggest you do so.
-Nicholas Crawford, Gallery/Studio Coordinator
Leah Oates: Transitory Spaces, was organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director of the Center for Book Arts. The exhibition will be on view through April 3, 2010.
For more information about Leah Oates and her work, click here to visit her website
Posted by czeltsman on Monday, February 22, 2010