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zoe leonard

may 24 – july 28, 2012

via a. stradella 7-1

I’m interested in the abstract possibilities of photography. By choosing a subject which is impossible to depict, I’m exploring a way of depicting sight, experience, and the actual process of perception

by zoe leonard

Raffaella Cortese is pleased to present the second solo show here at the gallery by the acclaimed American artist Zoe Leonard. On the occasion of the show we will open a new space in Via Stradella 1, a bright extension of Via Stradella 7, dedicated to installations, screenings, talks, presentations and exhibition of important individual works. In this case, the exhibition includes both galleries.

For more than twenty years, Zoe Leonard (born in 1961, in Liberty, New York) has been practicing the art of the contemplative journey and the perceptive gaze. She trawls through nature and culture, through the (urban) landscape and the world of museums, in search of signs that might give some insight into their contrasts, similarities and inter-relationships.

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Raffaella Cortese is pleased to present the second solo show here at the gallery by the acclaimed American artist Zoe Leonard. On the occasion of the show we will open a new space in Via Stradella 1, a bright extension of Via Stradella 7, dedicated to installations, screenings, talks, presentations and exhibition of important individual works. In this case, the exhibition includes both galleries.

For more than twenty years, Zoe Leonard (born in 1961, in Liberty, New York) has been practicing the art of the contemplative journey and the perceptive gaze. She trawls through nature and culture, through the (urban) landscape and the world of museums, in search of signs that might give some insight into their contrasts, similarities and inter-relationships.

Zoe Leonard’s predominantly black-and-white photographs are like a blurred cartography of the human condition. Her idiosyncratic gaze finds photographs that are subversive in their questioning, casual in their approach, incisive in what they reveal; in these photographs, viewpoint, subject and form are equally engaged.

In this exhibition, Leonard will show her recent series of the sun photographs.

The photographs are pictures taken of the sun, pushing the limit of what is possible to record with a camera.
One is not supposed to look at the sun and one of the cardinal rules of photography is not to shoot into the sun.
The sun is the source of all illumination, but is rarely the subject of a photograph.  Turning the camera the sun reverses all the rules of photography, but it is also a way of looking directly at the source of the medium; these photographs produce an image of their own starting point.

These sun photographs, taken over the last year, are equally balanced between their subject and their process, the glare and flare on the lens, the grain of the film in the enlarged print. Without spotting or retouching, the evidence of darkroom work remains visible.

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