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Wednesday
Mar282012

A trenchant series of tableaux

Based on found photographs of abandoned structures neglected by man and destroyed by the weather, Ofra Lapid's small scale models can be likened to the domestic still life photographs of Laura Letinsky. Alluding to human presence, without including any actual figures.

Letinsky photographs the remains of the table so as to investigate the precarious relationships between ripeness and decay, delicacy and awkwardness, control and haphazardness, waste and plenitude, pleasure and sustenance. What is looked at is "after the fact," what (ma)lingers, what persists, and by inference, what is gone. *

SPRAWL, a book I've been enjoying and sometimes citing here, was inspired by the vacated domestic settings of Letinksy's photos. 
I imagine that whatever Dutton might have to say about Lapid's strangled stuctures, I would enjoy reading.

Ofra Lapid  |  Laura Letinsky  |  Danielle Dutton


 
As the abundance and debris accumulate, the sameness of suburbia gives way to enthralling strangeness. ...attentive to the surfaces of the suburbs and the ways in which life there is willfully, almost desperately, on display."  *

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