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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

John Opera

John Opera was born in Buffalo, New York in 1975 and earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Recent exhibitions include The Suburban, Milwaukee, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Transformer Station, Cleveland, Higher Pictures, NYC, Michael Jon Gallery, Miami, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago. His work has been the subject of a two-person exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and is featured in the second volume of MP3, co-published by Aperture and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His work is part of the collections of the De Paul Museum of Art, Chicago, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago among others. Opera is currently teaching Photography at DePaul University. He lives and works in Chicago.

Oval With Grid (black), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

Oval With Grid (blue), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

Double Lens (BP), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

Double Lens (YG), 2017 Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

Double Lens (GO), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

Double Lens (GB), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

Double Lens (RB), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

Double Lens (YO), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

Oval (grey), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

Oval With Lines (black), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

Oval With Lines (blue), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

Double Slit (pale blue), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

Double Slit (oxide), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

Double Slit (yellow), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame

John Opera “Technical Images” at Document

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Aron Gent
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Sibylle Friche
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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.