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Leah Oates
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Windsor Terrace

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 Mattiessen, The Snow Leopard Artist Statement for the "Transitory Space" series The work I create first originates as a response to overlooked space that is in a continual state of change. I believe that in everyone there is a sense of flux and a familiarity with this type of space physically and emotionally. These images are not manipulated on the computer but are multiple exposures onto one negative at a specific location. In this way each image captures a state of flux within a moment and location that has actually transpired. Transitory spaces have a messy human energy that is always in the present yet constantly changing. I find them endlessly interesting, alive places where there is a great deal of beauty and fragility. They are temporary monuments to the ephemeral nature of human existence in a constant state of change.

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Oates has a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and M.F.A from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Oates currently resides and works in Brooklyn, NY. Oates has had solo shows at venues including Real Art Ways, A4L Gallery, A Taste of Art Gallery, Sara Nightingale Gallery and the Sol Mednick Gallery at the  Philadelphia University of the Arts.  Oates has an upcoming solo show at Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, New York.

In 2009, Oates had a solo shows at Tomasulo Gallery in New Jersey, a three person show at Mad Art Space in Missouri and in 2010 Oates has a solo show at the Center for Book Arts in NYC and group shows at F(r)iction Project in Brooklyn and at the Gwen Frostic School of Art Gallery in Michigan. Recently her work was featured on the Bomb Blog, in the Tampa Review, Diffusion Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, The Riverdale Press, St.Petersburg Times and Art Squeeze.

In February 2009, Oates's work was included in "Trouble in Paradise"  curated by Julie Sasse at Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona which includes work by Mitch Epstein, Kim Keever, Richard Misrach, Edward Burtynsky and Thomas Ruff. In 2009, Oates was part of group shows at the Aqua Art Fair and and C. Emerson Fine Arts in Florida and in NYC at Randall Scott Gallery, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, Collective Gallery 173-171, The Pool Art Fair and The Bridge Art Fair.

Oates has been in numerous group exhibitions at venues including Flux Factory, Wave Hill, International Print Center, Storefront for Art, Proteus Gowanus, Nurture Art Gallery, Elizabeth Heskin Contemporary, Gallery Aferro, Metaphor Contemporary Art and The Center for Book Arts and internationally at the Royal Scottish Academy & Open Eye Gallery in Scotland, Open Studio Gallery and Spin Gallery in Toronto, Galerie Joella and Turku City Art Museum in Finland, Swinton Art Centre and University of Northampton Art Gallery in England  and at NEME and The National Centres of Contemporary Art in Russia and Cyprus.

Work by Oates was recently featured in American publications the Daily Constitutional, Zingology Online Arts Magazine, Studio Views Magazine and The Drain Journal of Contemporary Arts Magazine and in Lirvraison Rhinoceros from Belgium and Front Magazine from Toronto. Oates's work has been mentioned in The Village Voice, Umbrella Magazine, The Southampton Press and the Chicago Reader. Her work has been featured on the movie sets of Perfect Strangers, The Forgotten, Little Children and Rabbit Hole and on the TV sets of of Law and Order and Lipstick Jungle.

In 2008, Oates photographed in Newfoundland, Canada and in Beijing, China. Oates has attended residencies at the Ragdale Foundation in Illinois, the Caldera Foundation in Oregon, and The Taipei Arts Village in Taiwan. She is the recipient of several awards including a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Scotland, two Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Grants, an honorable mention for Hey Hot Shot from Jen Bekman Gallery and an Artists Grant from Artist Space in NYC. 

Oates’s work is in the private collections of Julianne Moore, Ruben Natal San-Miguel, Susan Bode-Tyson, Mike Hoeh, Lise Curry, Cesar Llacuna, Elizabeth Houston, Bill Groom, Laurence Asseraf, Natalie Domchencho and Mark Waskow and her works on paper are in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The British Library, The Walker Art Center Libraries, The Smithsonian Libraries and Franklin Furnace at MoMA.


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