Laura Letinsky “To Want for Nothing”

Yancey Richardson Gallery

poster for Laura Letinsky “To Want for Nothing”
[Image: Laura Letinsky "Untitled #8, To Want for Nothing" (2018) Archival pigment print.]

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Yancey Richardson presents To Want for Nothing, an exhibition of new photographs by Laura Letinsky, her fifth with the gallery. Known for her psychologically loaded and deconstructed still life photographs, her recent work explores the nature of desire, questions the validity of the static image, and presents modern life as a composite of undifferentiated visual input. Letinsky argues that photographs are read not only as information, but also as instructions on how to build our lives. We enact what we see in photographs and then photograph what we enact, creating an endless loop of production and consumption.

Expanding on previous bodies of work Albeit (2013) and Ill Form & Void Full (2014), To Want for Nothing, created over the last two years between Chicago and Berlin, substitutes the traditional still life practice of photographing objects in a studio with the sourcing of content from printed matter. Ranging from auction catalogs and bridal magazines to travel brochures and fashion advertisements, these materials suggest an overly aspirational and commodified existence, emphasizing an underlying structure of desire. Selections are cut out, scanned, recombined and reoriented, dissolving the hierarchy between high and low imagery and reflecting today’s fragmented deluge of seductive iconography.



from September 12, 2019 to October 19, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-09-12 from 18:00 to 20:00


Laura Letinsky

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