Leah Oates

Leah Oates

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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 from The Snow Leopard

The Transitory Space series deals with urban and natural locations that are transforming due to the passage of time, altered natural conditions and a continual human imprint. This series articulates fluctuation in the photographic image and captures movements through time, perception and space.

Transitory spaces have a messy human energy that is perpetually in the present yet continually altering. They are endlessly interesting, alive places where there is a great deal of beauty and fragility. They are temporary monuments to the ephemeral nature of existence.


Transitory Space, Toronto, Don Valley # 15
Leah Oates, Transitory Space, Toronto, Ontario, Don Valley # 10, Color Photography, 2018-2019
Transitory Space, Toronto, Ontario, Don Valley # 15, Color Photography, 2018-2019

Leah Oates has a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and a M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Fulbright Fellow for graduate study at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.

From 2018 to 2020 Oates was in groups shows in Toronto at The Gladstone Hotel, Gallery 1313, Propeller Gallery, Black Cat Artspace and Showroom, Papermill Gallery, Arta Gallery, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Connections Gallery and Wychwood Barns Community Gallery and was part of the 2019 SNAP Toronto Photography Auction.

In 2018 -2019 Oates has had press in Art Toronto, Junto Magazine, Magazine 43, Underexposed Magazine, Ruminate Journal, Mud Season Review, dArt Magazine, The Tulane Review, The Six Hundred JournalBlue Mesa Review, Friends of the Artist, GASHER Journal, Flumes Literary Journal and the 805 Lit + Art Journal.

Oates has had solo shows at Black Cat Artspace,  Susan Eley Fine Art, The MTA Lightbox Project at 42nd Street, The Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, The Center for Book Arts, Henry Street Settlement and  A Taste of Art Gallery and locally at Tomasulo Gallery in New Jersey, Real Art Ways in Connecticut, Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill, Long Island and the Sol Mednick Gallery at the Philadelphia University of the Arts. Oates has had solo shows nationally at Anchor Graphics, Artemisia Gallery and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and internationally at Galerie Joella in Turku, Finland.

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