by Leah Oates

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.
~ Peter Matthiessen from The Snow Leopard

The Transitory Space series—this segment from Beijing, China—deals with urban and natural locations that are transforming due to the passage of time, altered natural conditions, and a continual human imprint. Everyone and everything experiences daily change, and this series articulates fluctuation in the photographic image and captures movement through time and space.

Transitory spaces have a messy human energy that is perpetually in the present yet continually altering. They are endlessly interesting, alive places that possess a great deal of beauty and fragility. They are temporary monuments to the ephemeral nature of existence.

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Leah Oates







Leah Oates has a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she is a Fulbright Fellow for study at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Oates has had numerous solo shows in the NYC area at venues including the MTA Lightbox Project at 42nd Street, Susan Eley Fine Art, the Central Park Arsenal Gallery, the Center for Book Arts, Sara Nightingale Gallery, the Brooklyn Public Library, and nationally at Real Art Ways in Connecticut, Tomasulo Gallery in New Jersey, and in Chicago at Women Made Gallery, Artemisia Gallery, and Anchor Graphics. Oates has been part of group shows in New York City at The Pen and Brush Gallery, Peer Gallery, 440 Gallery, Metaphor Contemporary Art, NYOC Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, Nurture Art, Momenta Art, Associated Gallery, Susan Eley Fine Art, and Denise Bibro Fine Art. See more of her work at


SLAG GLASS CITY  • Volume 3 • May 2017
All images by Leah Oates.