Photographs Comment on Suburbanization in Australia

NEW YORK—In each of photographs on exhibit at Galerie Lelong, the bare bones of a wooden house frame have been tossed into a cluster of trees on a leafy landscape. Clearly symbolism is at play. Perhaps the compositions reference the collapse of the housing market that toppled the U.S. economy? Fitting. But Rosemary Laing’s “leak” series is set in the Australian outback and so the discarded structure is instead a metaphor for the suburbanization encroaching on Australia’s idyllic countrysides.

The manner in which Sydney-based Laing photographed and lighted the contrived scenes creates a sort of celluloid or light box effect, further dramatizing her message.

“leak” is on view from Sept. 6 to Oct. 20, 2012.

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