35. Zoe Leonard
At her first show at Murray Guy in New York City in 2012, Leonard turned half of the gallery space into a camera obscura "in order to consider photography anew." Leonard's installation 453 West 17th Street is the fourth in an ongoing series. Upon first entering the darkened space of the gallery, one sees nothing but the architecture of the room. Then slowly, as our eyes adjust, an inverted image of the world outside is projected onto the entire room. Pedestrians and taxi cabs rush past overhead while building facades stretch across the floor and change sharply at corners. Now is this photography? Yes.
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Above: 453 West 17th Street, 2012