Leah Oates: Transitory Space

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Editorial note: Leah Oats  photographic work was the topic of a manuscript by Dan Duda in the 2015, Issue #8 of VJIC: The Physics of Photography

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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 Mattiessen, The Snow Leopard

  Leah Oats (2014)

Transitory Space

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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All images © Leah Oats

View Pelham Bay

View Prospect Park

View Brooklyn

View China

Artist Comments

On Being Connected

On Alt-Process
On impact

On Beauty


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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 shown in NYC at Flux Factory, BRIC Media Arts Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, Nurture Art, Momenta Art, Associated Gallery, Susan Eley Fine Art, The Central Park Arsenal Gallery and The Center for Book Arts. Oates works on paper are in many 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.