We are so excited for our dear friend Leah Oates who was given the opportunity to bring nature inside of the subway station just below Bryant Park in NYC with “Park Windows”! Her photographs, from the series “Transitory Space”, are currently being featured in a light box panorama that provides the viewer with a sense of being in nature. Living in the concrete jungle can wear people down, make them feel disconnected from nature, yet being able see an “early spring blustery day and radiantly lit sky” while waiting below ground for the subway is uplifting!
Oates “Transitory Space series deals with urban and natural locations that are transforming due to the passage of time, altered natural conditions and human imprint. Oates captures these conditions through techniques which reveal movement, change and shifts form frame to frame. It is an engaging respite for those traversing the city underground and the exhibit forms its own transitional space from underground to the park above. Oates feels that these transitory spaces are marked by the presence of human energy that is continually changing. The images were taken from photographs at outer-borough parks where nature overcomes the urban grid and environmental obstacles and thrives. Oates manipulates the film to keep the frame visible in the image to underscore the sense of the unspooling of time. Her angles provide a sense of being there and here they open a window to another world, as they spread across the width of the lightboxes”
This exhibit will be making people smile everyday, as they commute through the underworld, until mid- 2017. You can read more here
Leah Oates studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Fulbright Fellow for Printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. She has exhibited her work widely in NY and the US. She is NY based.