Valerie Carberry Gallery is pleased to
present Ill Form and Void Full, a new series
of photographs by Laura Letinsky (b. 1962).
The artist’s first solo exhibition with the
gallery, Ill Form and Void Full comprises
photographs depicting lush spaces created
when the elements of classical still life are
flattened and reassembled with new intent.
Letinsky is a collagist of after-party
leavings, selecting from and combining cut
and torn images of food and table settings
as the raw material for her final photographs. Through her process, the artist engenders a rare
form of photographic authorship, one that confuses image with form, authenticity with
reproduction, and ultimately imparts a uniquely self-aware type of longing. Before a finished
photograph is taken, Letinsky contorts and remakes her selected scraps into small bands of
intricate assemblages. Stripped of the connotations of advertising, these collage elements retain
their magazine-spread saturated color but no longer evoke consumer desire. Such wants are
supplanted through a different way of engaging with images: a lovingly skeptical viewpoint that
renews the subject of its gaze by finding possibility in deterioration.
Valerie Carberry Gallery is open to the public 10-5, Monday through Friday, and 11-5 on Saturday.
For additional information regarding the gallery, upcoming exhibitions, or reproductions, please
contact Susan Beagley, 312-397-9990.