For over 25 years, Laura Letinsky has made photographs that investigate the still-life genre. For this series, Letinsky carefully arranged tablecloths, napkins, cutlery, and plates with flat images taken from decor and cooking magazines and scanned art reproductions (of her own and others’ work). The composite images are then put together into new formal arrangements with various perspectives. Placing everyday foods—from lollypops to peeled fruit—against a backdrop of near-blinding white, she creates tableaux that bring our attention to the moment after: the overripe melon, the leftover, the morning-after-the-party tabletop, all metaphors for what remains, what stains, what cannot be avoided. Says the artist of the work in this series, "my pictures’ mash-up, high to low, domestic to the public, personal to social, is, when photographed, rendered as… photograph, no more, no less than object and image, a still life."

Laura Letinsky (Canadian, born 1962) has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Denver Art Museum; Renaissance Society, Chicago; Cleveland Museum of Art; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. She has also exhibited in group shows at the Art Institute of Chicago; Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and others. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; J. P. Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Stuttgart Museum, Germany; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montreal; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


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