Leah Oates

Artist Statement

The world thus appears to be a complicated tissue of events in which connections of different kinds alternate, overlap or combine and thereby determine the texture of the whole. All phenomena are processes, connections, all is in flux, and at moments this flux is visible.
                                           —Peter Matthiessen

The Transitory Space series deals with urban and natural locations that are transforming due to the passage of time, altered natural conditions and a continual human imprint. In everyone and in everything there are daily changes and this series articulates fluctuation in the photographic image and captures movement through time and space.

Transitory spaces have a messy human energy that is perpetually in the present yet continually altering. They are endlessly interesting, alive places where there is a great deal of beauty and fragility. They are temporary monuments to the ephemeral nature of existence.

Leah Oates’ “Transitory Space” series was recently on view at Pieroi Gallery in Brooklyn, Islip Art Museum in NY, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in Florida, the Housatonic Museum in Connecticut and Unsettled Gallery in New Mexico. In 2011-2012, she had a solo show at Susan Eley Fine Arts, NYC and was part of group shows at Denise Bibro Fine Arts in NYC, the US Embassy in Muscat, Oman, the Flash Forward Photography Festival in Boston, MA with the Humble Art Foundation, the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, NY, Momenta Art in Brooklyn and The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. She has had solo shows at A Taste of Art Gallery in NYC, Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill, Long Island, The Center for Book Arts in NYC, Arsenal Gallery in Central Park in NYC, Tomasulo Gallery in New Jersey, The Sol Mednick Gallery in Philadelphia and Real Art Ways in Connecticut. Her work has been shown at the Affordable Art Fair NYC, the Scope Art Fair NYC, the Pool Art Fair NYC and Miami, the Bridge Art Fair NYC and Miami and in Photo NY. Recently her work was featured in Phaidon Online, Eyesin, Bomblog, Diffusion Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, Daily Constitutional and Art Squeeze.
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Susan Lewis (susanlewis.net) is the editor of Posit (positjournal.com) and the author of eight books and chapbooks, including This Visit (Blazevox, 2015), How to be Another (Cervena Barva Press, 2014), and State of the Union (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2014). Her ninth book, Heisenberg’s Salon, is available now for pre-order from Blazevox. Her poetry has appeared in such places as The Awl, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, Gargoyle, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, So to Speak, Verse, and Verse Daily.