365 days weeping, crying and shedding tears

artists, New York tours

15 June 2011

Travelling takes you to places and gives you experiences that you may never have at home. Maybe it is because you go searching for that something to excite you.

As I spend my last few days in New York, I write about the artist who has ignited yet again my love for beautiful photography: 35-year-old New York City based photographer and video artist Laurel Nakadate.

I was introduced to Nakadate at MoMA PS1 whilst researching for walk-to-art New York. Excitement filled the air as I very happily sat and watched video work and engaged in the stills that covered the walls.

Nakadate's work is soft, with 1970′s coloring and beautifully shot. The exhibition at MoMA PS1, Laurel Nakadate: Only the Lonely, brings together bodies of work over a 10-year period.

These works touch:

  • voyeurism
  • loneliness
  • the manipulative power of the camera
  • the urge to connect with others.

I feel very lucky as not only is Nakadate showing at MoMA PS1 (until 8 August 2011), but also at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects. 365 Days: A catalogue of Tears and Lost Party Guest is on until 25 June 2011.

Laurel Nakadate's artwork

This body of work is a visual diary of Nakadate photographing herself over 365 days weeping, crying and shedding tears.

"Nakadate's year of suffering, her calendar, her breviary, is a recognition of a shared language of regret that yokes us together, therefore, and a recognition that this regret and loss are somehow beautiful, no matter how they look."

It has been wonderful to discover Nakadate's work. The beauty, discipline and passion are evident.

I am very happy that Nakadate cried for 365 days of 2010.

22–25 Jackson Avenue at the intersection of 46th Avenue (view location on Google Maps)
Long Island City, NY

Thursday through Monday, 12pm to 6pm
Until 8 August 2011

Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects
535 West 22nd Street (view location on Google Maps)
New York, NY

Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Until 25 June 2011