Transitory Space, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Leah Oates, Transitory Space, Nova Scotia, Canada, Color Photography, 2015
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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. By Peter Matthiessen from The Snow Leopard
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Artist Statement for the Transitory Space series

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.

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BIO: Oates has B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Fulbright Fellow for study at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.

Oates has had numerous solo shows in the NYC area at venues including the NYC MTA Lightbox Project at 42nd Street, Susan Eley Fine Art, The Central Park Arsenal Gallery, The Center for Book Arts, Sara Nightingale Gallery, The Brooklyn Public Library and nationally at Real Art Ways, CT, Tomasulo Gallery NJ and in Chicago at Women Made Gallery, Artemisia Gallery and Anchor Graphics.

Oates has been part of group shows in NYC area at Wave Hill, Prospect Park, The Pen and Brush Gallery, 440 Gallery, Metaphor Contemporary Art, NYOC Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, Nurture Art, Momenta Art, Associated Gallery, Susan Eley Fine Art and Denise Bibro Fine Art. Oates has been in numerous group show nationally at Yale University CT, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in Florida, Edward Hopper House in Nyack, NY and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.

Works on paper by Oates are in numerous public collections including the Harvard University Libraries, The Brooklyn Museum Artists’ Book Collection, The Walker Art Center Libraries, The Smithsonian Libraries  and the Franklin Furnace Archive at MoMA, NYC.