Leslie Sokolow's first monograph, "OCEANA" is a collection of images that explore the power and beauty of the sea The ocean is ubiquitous. It's eternal. We are the passing tides. We come and go. We sail it, we pollute it, and the feed from it.
It sustains all life, yet we never really see it. It's always looking at us.
The images were taken in Santa Monica, Venice California, East Hampton and Sagaponack New York.
This work has been exhibited at the Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica and The Bonnie Benrubi Gallery in New York City. These pieces are in many public collections including the Palm Springs Art Museum and the George Eastman House Permanent Collection.
I am drawn to the abstract nature of moments in time. These moments possess so much absolute definition they become almost ubiquitous until we don't even really see them anymore. Our lives are filled with so much visual data that we must process.
Eventually, we come to accept them as our reality. Yet, they are as fleeting as a wave in the vast ocean. A seemingly random moment, but one with complete clarity.
My new series tries to confront different kinds of waves washing over American shores. The waves of numbing, yet all too powerful propaganda and political assault to our sensibilities and our definitions as Americans. Each one is just one moment in our time. Yet, each one contains complete clarity to our lives and understanding of existence until they are replaced but next wave of information.
Out of Print.