Oates’ “Transitory Space” To Open At College Gallery

CRANFORD – From Sept. 25 to Oct. 31, the exhibition, “Transitory Space” by artist Leah Oates, will be on display at Union County College’s Tomasulo Gallery. Oates’ work is a collection of images from time she spent in Beijing, China, Newfoundland, Canada, and Chicago, Illinois in 2008.

Oates describes the photographs in this exhibition as, “…dreamy and haunted and creates mutant forms that come into existence through a fusion of landscape and urban elements and the subjective eye of the photographer.”


Oates uses double exposures of her photographs in order to , “…play with the ideas of time, multiple memories, and how we reconstruct place, time, and moments.” This double exposure process causes, “… a blurring of moments and locations into one image that captures the essence of place and of time passing quickly and in a state of flux.”

Oates feels, “Transitory spaces have a messy human energy which is always in the present yet constantly changing.” She, “…finds 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.”

The images in this exhibition are from her time spent in Beijing, China and Newfoundland, Canada in 2008. During the same year, she also attended residencies at the Ragdale Foundaiton in Illinois, the Caldera Foundation in Oregon, and The Taipei Arts Village in Taiwan. She has also received several awards including a Fulbright Fellowship of study in Scotland, two grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and an Artists Grant from Artist Space in New York City.

In February 2009, her work was included in a group exhibition entitled, “Trouble in Paradise” that was curated by Julie Sasse at the Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona. Other artists whose works were in this exhibition include Mitch Epstein, Kim Keever, Richard Misrach, Edward Burtynsky, and Thomas Ruff. Oates’ work was also featured at the Pool Art Fair and the Bridge Art Fair in New York City and was reviewed by New York Arts Magazine.

Oates’ 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 the Franklin Furnace Archive at the Museum of Modern Art.

Oates holds a bachelor of fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a masters of fine arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She resides and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has had solo shows at venues such as the Real Art Ways, A Taste of Art Gallery, Sara Nightingale Gallery, and the Sol Mednick Gallery at the Philadelphia University of the Arts.

The opening reception for this exhibition will be held on Friday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Tomasulo Gallery, located on the first floor of MacKay Library on the college’s Cranford campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. Gallery hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Evening hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays. For more information, call 1-908-709-7155.

Beijing, China, Lilly 3, c-print, 16”x20”, 2008

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