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DOCUMENT is pleased to inaugurate Gallery Two, a dedicated exhibition space for special projects with Polaroids an exhibition of works by Laura Letinsky. The exhibition coincides with the release of Time’s Assignation, a book devoted to the artist’s Polaroid works, realized between 1997 and 2008.

Laura Letinsky’s work transports us in time. Working with Polaroid Type 55, the renowned instant development process yielding a unique image, Letinsky photographs fruits, owers, food, utensils, and other fragments of everyday life. These interior spaces are a testament to their passing inhabitants, but only the ordinary, worn, used objects remain. Looking more closely, we notice the meticulous composition. The space that defines these domestic objects indicates that these pictures were not taken in a hurry but rather composed with care. Those who know Letinsky’s work will recognize in these her still lifes, a genre in which she has excelled since the 1990s. Like the objects depicted, these Polaroids too have undergone alterations. We see smears, ecks, and other marks atop the image that disrupt the photographed scene.

In Time’s Assignation, the impurities are as much a part of the image as is its subject. Letinsky is wont to work with a 4×5” camera, and like many photographers before the digital age, she used the Polaroid to make tests. This practical use was a technical aide, a way of obtaining a black-and-white preview that would subsequently be taken with the same camera for her color negatives of the same scene. Similar to a sketch, the Polaroid allowed Letinsky to explore the focus, time of exposure, and light, as well as overall composition. To reveal them to us today is a surprise; with these little images, we enter into the process of creation, the artist’s notebook.

-Nathalie Herschdorfer

Andy Cahill

Andy Cahill (born 1985) lives and works in Brooklyn. He received a BFA in 2008 from the Rhode Island School of Design in film, animation and video and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Film, Video, New Media and Animation in 2010. Selected exhibitions include Poor Richard Scumbag at Paris London Hong Kong; Chicago, The Barn Show at Johannes Vogt Gallery; East Hampton, New York, MOVES THINKS REPEATS PAUSES at Tony Wight Gallery; Chicago, and High Density, Oblique Function, at Proxy; Providence. Cahill was a resident of The Lighthouse Works Residency on Fishers Island, NY (2015) and a recipient of the School of the Art Institute Merit Scholarship (2009).

Mr. Touch-and-go Bullet-head, 2015. Acrylic, graphite and crayon on bleached linen, 24 x 24 in.

Scissoring, 2015. Acrylic, graphite and crayon on bleached linen, 24 x 24 in.

You Won't Like It, 2015. Acrylic, graphite and crayon on bleached linen, 24 x 24 in.

Cold Open, 2015. Acrylic, graphite and crayon on bleached linen, 24 x 24 in.

Poor Richard’s Dictionary: Nuzzle, 2014. Acrylic on bleached linen, 24 x 24 in.

Poor Richard’s Dictionary: Nestle, 2014. Acrylic and crayon on bleached linen, 24 x 24 in.

Treat or Trash Your Lungs, 2015. Acrylic on bleached linen, 24 x 24 in.

Stuck in the Middle, 2015. Acrylic on bleached linen, 24 x 24 in.

Sinning and Sullen, 2015. Acrylic on bleached linen, 24 x 24 in.

Fresh Felt, 2015. Acrylic on bleached linen, 24 x 24 in.

Math and Luck, 2015. Acrylic on bleached linen, 24 x 24 in.

John Opera “Technical Images” at Document

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DOCUMENT is a commercial gallery located in Chicago that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art. The gallery has organized more than 30 solo exhibitions since its opening in 2011 and actively promotes the work of emerging national and international artists. Operating conjointly as a professional printmaking studio, DOCUMENT facilitates the production of works by artists from Chicago and the US. At this time we do not accept unsolicited submissions.