Suzy Lake

So whose gaze is it now?

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19th, 6-8pm

April 20 - May 26, 2012

Included in the exhibition are a series of photographic works from the 1970s that have never been shown before.


Georgia Scherman is pleased to announce her first solo show with Suzy Lake, a pioneering artist of international standing. The exhibition, titled So Whose Gaze Is It Now? is comprised exclusively of Lake’s head and face 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 three Are You Talking to Me?, 1978/79, installations are made from stretched-negative photographs. In Something, Nothing, Everything, the 1978 forerunner of these installations, Lake undertakes a groundbreaking self-to-self photo dialogue.

Two early suites of works - Imitations of Myself, 1973/2012 and Suzy Lake as Françoise Sullivan, 1975/2012 - are being exhibited for the very first time. While having been shot in the early seventies, these works have only now been fully realized. Imitations of Myself is a grid sequence of 48 c-prints where Lake is seen applying makeup. In Suzy Lake as Françoise Sullivan, theartist is being transformed by the influence of the acclaimed Quebecois choreographer and artist.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.


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Something, Nothing Everything,  1978, sequence of 3 panels, approx. 22 x 179 inches, vintage selenium-toned silver gelatin montage