About Leah Oates
Oates has a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and M.F.A from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Oates currently resides and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Oates has an upcoming solo show at Susan Eley Fine Arts in 2012 and has had solo shows at venues including The Arsenal Gallery, The Center for Book Arts, Tomasulo Gallery, Real Art Ways, A4L Gallery, Sara Nightingale Gallery and the Sol Mednick Gallery at the Philadelphia University of the Arts.
In 2009-2011, work by Oates was selected to be shown in the Art in Embassies program in Muscat, Oman. She was part of group shows at The Aqua Art Fair Miami, The Scope Art Fair , Susan Hensel Gallery, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, F(r)iction Project in Brooklyn and at the Gwen Frostic School of Art Gallery in Michigan. Work by Oates has been featured in numerous magazine, journals and blogs including the Daily Constitutional, Drain Journal of Contemporary Arts, Livraison Rhinoceros, Front Magazine, Bomb Blog, the Tampa Review, Diffusion Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, The Riverdale Press, St.Petersburg Times and Art Squeeze.
Oates has been in numerous group exhibitions at venues including Flux Factory, Wave Hill, International Print Center, Storefront for Art, Proteus Gowanus, Nurture Art Gallery, Elizabeth Heskin Contemporary, Gallery Aferro, Metaphor Contemporary Art and The Center for Book Arts and internationally at the Royal Scottish Academy & Open Eye Gallery in Scotland, Open Studio Gallery and Spin Gallery in Toronto, Galerie Joella and Turku City Art Museum in Finland, Swinton Art Centre and University of Northampton Art Gallery in England and at NEME and The National Centres of Contemporary Art in Russia and Cyprus. Her work has been featured on the movie sets of Perfect Strangers, The Forgotten, Little Children and Rabbit Hole and on the TV sets of of Law and Order and Lipstick Jungle.
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.
Artist Statement for the "Transitory Space" series
The work I create first originates as a response to space that is in a continual state of change. In everyone there is a sense of flux and a familiarity with this type of space.
Transitory spaces have a messy human energy that is always in the present yet constantly changing. I find them endlessly interesting, alive places where there is a great deal of beauty and fragility. They are temporary monuments to the ephemeral nature of existence.