Zoe Leonard: Available Light

Copublished with Ridinghouse, London, in 2014
Edited by Karen Kelly and Barbara Schroeder
With contributions by Diedrich Diederichsen, Suzanne Hudson, Glenn Ligon, and Eileen Myles
Design by Joseph Logan
168 pages, 115 images, hardcover with jacket, 9 ¼ x 11 ¼ inches
ISBN-13: 978-1-9054648-6-9


In the two related bodies of work that form this volume’s centerpiece, Zoe Leonard poses fundamental questions about the medium of photography and the nature of sight. In a series of large-scale installations sited in the United States and Europe, the artist employed the principle of the camera obscura, pairing it with gelatin silver photographs of the sun. The image in Leonard’s room-size camera obscuras is immersive and continuous, shifting constantly in response to the fleeting light of the outside world and unraveling in the surrounding space to come into its full vibrancy. This title explores this body of work in depth through photographs that document these installations in five international cities.

A special edition of 50 with a signed and numbered digital print by Zoe Leonard is also available. See here for more information.

Praise and Press

Respite from the unceasing chatter by and about pictures is offered by ZOE LEONARD: AVAILABLE LIGHT, which documents the artist’s camera-obscura installations in Cologne, London, Venice, and Marfa, Texas. Like Alice on the far side of the looking glass, we are in an upside-down, distorted world curiously similar to our own. The book features an informative introduction by Diedrich Diederichsen and texts by Suzanne Hudson and Glenn Ligon, but it is the silence of the images that impresses. Of course, what is most eerie about seeing camera-obscura projections in person is the shadowy play of life outside, projected on the wall in real time—like the almost-imperceptible softening of sunlight reflected by a wall, when a cloud, perhaps, moves across the sun, in Leonard’s impressive recent Whitney Biennial installation.

—Christopher Lyon, Artful Volumes, Bookforum

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