Is Perception Constructed from Past Experiences? (Ill Form and Void Full by Laura Letinsky)

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Chicago-based photographer Laura Letinsky is taking on a classic style in a very different way. Laura is attempting to shift the way we think of the classic still life. What Laura is doing is creating a the still life from existing photographs, magazine cut outs, older work, her friends' art, and actual objects. The process attempts to show how ideas about the private sphere and their manifestation in our lives are always predicated upon what comes before; to put it shortly, perception itself is constructed. Here are a few words from Laura about this interesting project: "I use photography in its capacity, and limitations to see with all all its connotations of perception, desire, and knowledge. From the initial exhilaration over its permission to stare, I realized this tool’s powerful implications. Fundamental to my understanding of the medium is not only what is shown, but how; that is, photography as ideological apparatus. To engage the photograph in its late-capitalist frenzied circuitry of production and consumption is, for me, to afford a reconfiguration of this system, a calling into question not only what and how we see, but also of what seeing enacts."

My name is Kevin. I love art a little too much. I'm a freelance photographer but in my off time I'm usually on here talking about art!
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