For Immediate Release: April 23, 2013
SUZY LAKE &
THEY MADE A DAY BE A DAY HERE
June 7- August 25, 2013
Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
Opening: Friday, June 7, 7 – 9 pm
Panel discussion with artists in attendance: Saturday, June 8, 2pm
Two exhibitions will meet in the new Art Gallery of Grande Prairie this summer spanning four decades of challenging, provocative works addressing identity and image-making.
|Suzy Lake’s Whose Gaze Is It Now? is comprised of Lake’s portraits from the beginning of her career in the early seventies until the present time.
The exhibition features several vintage photographic installations from the late seventies. With overt reference to Travis Bickle’s famous monologue from the film Taxi Driver, Lake’s Are You Talking to Me?, 1978/79, installation is made from stretched-negative photographs. An early suites of works – Imitations of Myself, 1973/2012 is a grid sequence of 21 c-prints where Lake is seen applying makeup. While having been shot in the early seventies, these works have only now been fully realized. By portraying self-transformations through multi-step processes, Lake places emphasis on the artifice that is innate not only to portraiture, but also to image-making itself.
Suzy Lake was one of a pioneering group of artists in the early seventies to adopt performance, video and photography in order to explore the politics of gender, the body and identity. Today, in works such as the lightbox triptych Beauty At A Proper Distance/In Song, 2002/12, Lake continues to use references to the body as a means to investigate notions of beauty and aging in the context of youth and consumer culture.
Born in Detroit, Toronto-based Suzy Lake has a long exhibition career in Canada, Europe, the United States, South America and Asia. Recent exhibitions include: WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution 1965–1980, curated by Connie Butler, first shown at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007; Suzy Lake: Political Poetics, curated by Matt Brower and Carla Garnet, first shown at the University of Toronto Art Centre, 2011. A retrospective exhibition, curated by Sophie Hackett, Michelle Jacques, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, will be at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2013.
Suzy Lake is presented in partnership with Georgia Scherman Projects
They Made A Day Be A Day Here
“They made a day be a day here. They made a day be a day here. They made a day be a day here by a year by a year yearly they made a day be a day here by the year.”
Gertrude Stein, How to Write, 1931
Spanning five years and over four hundred posts later, the founder and author of Prairie Artsters has organized a pan-prairie exhibition of contemporary artists. Featuring a line up of Amalie Atkins, Heather Benning, Jennifer Bowes, Tammi Campbell, Brenda Draney, Sarah Anne Johnson, Wednesday Lupypciw, Maria Madacky, Mary-Anne McTrowe, Divya Mehra, Jennifer Stillwell, and Leesa Streifler, They Made A Day Be A Day Here focuses on new works that explore the shifting identities of artists living and working in the Canadian prairies.
The artists in this exhibition are largely born after 1970 and focus has been given to the wry reflections of invisibility in artistic labour production. The works assembled together for They Made A Day Be A Day Here are addressing issues of time, labour, place, and identity through mediating histories of lineages and methodologies from craft to Modernism.
They Made A Day Be A Day Here is being guest curated by Amy Fung.
Contact: 780.532.8111or firstname.lastname@example.org
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