A full-color exhibition catalogue published to accompany the solo exhibition of Cynthia Greig’s photographic, video and installation work, curated by Dick Goody for Oakland University Art Gallery, January 7 – February 20, 2011.
As a conceptual artist Cynthia Greig uses the authority of photography to challenge conventions of image making about gender, identity and truth. Whether exploring nineteenth century mores as a reflection of our own conformity, or testing the limits of appropriation, ideology, or respectability, her work is often embedded in autobiography or its fictional antithesis. Her provocative photographs demonstrate the undermining eye of her underlying anti-authoritarianism, which is inherent in all her work.
Goody’s essay discusses Greig’s artistic practice as divided into discrete bodies of work, examining how the artist fuses conventions and anti-conventions into a revealing and intriguing view of how both can be subverted and manipulated to change attitudes. Her work raises significant questions about the truth of an image, and challenge assumptions about what is real, what is desirable, and what is false.
Dick Goody is an Associate Professor of Art in Oakland University’s Department of Art and Art History, and Director and Curator of the Oakland University Art Gallery.