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Guide to the Leah Dyjak photographs, 2014-2018

Summary

Collection comprises twenty-five 16x20 inch color inkjet prints from a body of work titled "New Beach" by artist Leah Dyjak. The images, taken by Dyjak on the Atlantic coast, show ocean and sand encroaching on and destroying human-made barriers and boundaries - roads, jetties, and groins - with people looking on, stretching out, and strolling the beaches, evoking the nature of human existence at the liminal boundaries of water and land. This work received the 2018 ADA Collection Award for Documentarians of Environmental Change. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11695
Title
Leah Dyjak photographs
Date
2014-2018
Creator
Dyjak, Leah, 1981-
Extent
1.0 Linear Feet, 1 box
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Content Description

Collection comprises twenty-five color inkjet prints from a body of work titled New Beach by artist Leah Dyjak. The images, taken by Dyjak on the Atlantic coast, show ocean and sand encroaching on and destroying human-made barriers and boundaries - roads, jetties, and groins - as people look on, stretch out, or stroll on the beach, evoking the nature of existence at the liminal boundaries of water and land.

From the artist's statement: "Conceivably, the ocean contains all time and all places, with the coastline delineating where the understood meets the unfathomable. It acts as a boundary, the line between where we walk and where we float. Standing at the edge is a way to become physically close to our point of origin — geologically, biologically, metaphysically. It is the terra incognita of the modern world. With every crash of a wave, the line of the coast as we know it changes; our data becomes obsolete instantaneously. Water changes state, weather changes everything."

The prints measure 16x20 inches and are all horizontally oriented. This work received the 2018 ADA Collection Award for Documentarians of Environmental Change. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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Arrangement

Arranged in original order as assigned by the photographer.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Leah Dyjak photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

New beach, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0001
Right whales, 2014
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0002
Sea anchors, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0003
Holy stone, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0004
Founder, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0005
Absolve, 2018
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0006
Ballast, 2016
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0007
Larson C, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0008
Coastliners, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0009
Take a knee, 2018
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0010
Precipice, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0011
Sandy fist, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0012
Fallen, 2018
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0013
Cleave, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0014
Fissure, 2016
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0015
Awash, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0016
Witness, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0017
Beached, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0018
Swimmers, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0019
All hands, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0020
Sea trial, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0021
Figure head, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0022
Hope sail, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0023
Magnetic north, 2017
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0024
Echo sound, 2018
(16 x 20 inches)
Box 1
Image RL.11695-P-0025
 

Historical Note

Leah Dyjak is an interdisciplinary, lens-based artist splitting her time between New York and Massachusetts. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her site-specific work combines performance, labor, film, and photography to explore how generations of human use affect the ecologies of place. Her images and installations often push the edges of the photographic frame. Her work plays with our perceptions of perceived boundaries and charts matter in flux. Leah is an Assistant Professor of Video and Photography at Winthrop University and summer faculty at the Anderson Ranch. Her work has been shown at Flex Space, Pump Project and Blue Star Contemporary in Texas and throughout the Northeast. She is represented by the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown Massachusetts.


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Provenance

The Leah Dyjak photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed and described by Edward Coles, Paula Jeannet, Alanna Styer, January 2019.

Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2018-0182.

Other Notes

The photographs in this collection were printed at Winthrop University Creator Space on Moab Entrada Rag paper, using an Epson SC-8000 printer and Archival Epson ink.