Since the mid-1990’s, Zoe Leonard has subtly altered the content of her art practice, turning away from earlier enquires into gender and sexuality toward extended meditations on how the affects of time can manifest themselves in objects and the relationship between the man-made and the natural.
Her series ‘Analog‘ is an ongoing archive comprising of several thousand photographs that is equal parts artistic venture and documentary undertaking. It catalogues the disappearance of handmade signage and storefronts on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she lived for over twenty years, as well as imagery from other cites around the world.
What I like about her work is that it never seems to dictate, it rather shows than tells, and this allows the viewer to create their own personal response to her sculptures and photographs. I also like the fact that she documents places that have, or potentially are in the process of being lost, and by doing this creates a new platform from which they can be consumed again through art and documentary. It reveals the beauty and tenacity of human expression in the midst of corporate monopolies and global economy.