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14 August 2010

Leigh Ledare, Double Bind

Leigh Ledare will present a series of conceptually driven photographic works under the title Double Bind.

The framework for this project consisted of Ledare going on a 3-day trip to a country house alone with his ex-wife, during which time he created an archive of photographs of her. Two months following this initial trip, upon Ledare’s prompt, his ex-wife went alone with her current husband to the same location. This time her current husband documented her for 3 days. Taken as an origin for this project, the resulting two subjective archives of photographs suggest an ontological and phenomenological comparison of the subject as seen within the conditions of these two separate relationships, one a newlywed relationship associated with potential, the other a relationship forfeited to non-potential.

These two separate archives form the underlying diptych structure of the work, one panel being black and one white, respectively containing images made by the ex-husband and images made by the current husband.

Augmenting these two initial sets of images, a third archive is introduced in the form of collage/montage. Drawn from magazines and other printed materials, these augmenting images take up an analytical mode of creating meaning from a common field of representation. The media used echoes the potential/non-potential scenario of the subjective relationship giving structure to the work.

These works will result finally in a large-scale magazine, forming an intervention back into the print media from which they find their origin.

Framing by Baobab, New York.

Exhibition produced in collaboration with the Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.

Artist presented by Beatrix Ruf.

Exhibition venue: Atelier de Mécanique, Parc des Ateliers, Rencontres d’Arles 2010.