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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

Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Paul Mpagi Sepuya (1982, San Bernardino, CA) currently lives and works in Los Angeles, where he graduated with an MFA in photography at UCLA. He resided in New York from 2000 – 2014, where he participated in Artist-in-Residence programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2009 – 2010), the Center for Photography at Woodstock (2010), and The Studio Museum in Harlem (2010 – 2011). He has exhibited at DOCUMENT, Chicago, LAXART, Los Angeles, MOCA, Los Angeles, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, Artspeak, Vancouver, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Sepuya’s work is in the collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and his print zine series SHOOT (2005 – 2008) is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum Library, The Museum of Modern Art Library, and the Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Figure / ground study, 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 20 x 24 in, Edition of 5

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, A sitting for Matthew, 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 51 x 34 in, Edition of 5

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Draping, 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 20 in, Edition of 5

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mirror study, 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 34 x 51 in, Edition of 5

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mirror Study, 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 20 in, Edition of 5

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mirror Study, 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 33 x 22 in, Edition of 5

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Untitled (black figure), 2016 Archival Pigment Print, 33 x 22 in, Edition of 5

Study for D. with Four Figures (March 8), 2015 Archival Pigment Print, 30 x 24 in. Edition 2/3

Mirror Study, December 10, 2014 Archival Pigment Print, 30 x 24 in. Edition of 3

Marques, April, 2013 Archival Pigment Print, 30 x 24 in. Edition of 3

Micah, Chicago, March 27, 2014 Archival Pigment Print, 30 x 24 in. Edition of 3

Studio, March 12, 2014 Archival Pigment Print, 30 x 24 in. Edition of 3

Study for D.A. with Three Figures (0905), 2015 Archival pigment print, 48 x 38 in. Edition 1/3

Study for Roses at night, for K., 2006 - 15, 2015 Archival Pigment Print, 48 x 36 in. Edition 2/5

Study for T.H. with Five Figures, 2013 - 05 (0702), 2015 Archival Pigment Print, 80 x 60 in. Edition of 5

D., 2014 Archival Pigment Print, 48 x 36 in. Edition 1/5

Erik, April 1. 2014 Archival Pigment Print, 48 x 36 in. Edition 1/3

Lamont, March 13. 2014 Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 18 in. Edition 1/5

Studio, March 2 (part 1), 2014 Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 18 in. Edition 1/5

Desktop, March 6, 2014 Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 18 in. Edition 1/5

Ivan, March 29, 2014 Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 18 in. Edition 1/5

Desktop, April 2, 2014 Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 18 in. Edition 1/5

Studio, March 2 (part 2), 2014 Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 18 in. Edition 1/5

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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.