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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

Greg Stimac

Greg Stimac (born in 1976) lives and works in Chicago. He received his B.F.A. from Columbia College, Chicago in 2005 and his M.F.A from Stanford University in 2013.  Recent solo exhibitions include DOCUMENT, Chicago (2014), ltd los angeles, Los Angeles (2014), White Flag Projects in St. Louis (2010). Recent group exhibitions include: Shoulders of Champagne, LORD LUDD, Philadelphia (2015-2016), If You’re Looking for me, Don’t Go to Home Depot, Paris London Hong Kong (2015), Fifteensixteenseventeeneighteennineteen (LAND AND SEA), Southern Exposure, San Francisco (2013), Faraway Nearby at the Nerman Museum, Overland Park, Kansas (2010), Hidden Places, Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery, Cologne, Germany (2009), Beyond the Backyard, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2009),  Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (The Walker Museum of Art, Minneapolis and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2008-2009), USA Today Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008), and Bad Moon at Andrew Rafacz Gallery (2008). In 2016-2017, his work will be shown at UB Art Galleries, Buffalo, NY,  and Little Rock, AR.

 

Passage, 2015, Black walnut, French walnut, wood stain, oil paint, 20 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 10 in.

Island, 2015, Black walnut, French walnut, wood stain, oil paint, 20 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 10 in.

Canyon, 2015, Black walnut, French walnut, wood stain, oil paint, 20 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 10 in.

Stock #4, 2014. Black Walnut and Enamel Paint, 23 1/4h x 5 1/4w x 1 3/4d in.

Stock #1, 2014. Black Walnut and Enamel Paint, 23 1/4h x 5w x 1 1/2d in.

Greg Stimac, Hastings Cutoff (Fort Bridger), 2014

Greg Stimac, MountLee (Hollywood), 2014

Greg Stimac, North Coast, 2014

Greg Stimac, Pacific, 2014

Greg Stimac, Salt Flats, 2014

Greg Stimac, Sierra Nevada (I-80 West), 2014

Greg Stimac, Divide (East), 2014

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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.