Cynthia Greig is an image maker who continues to create work that pushes the perceptions of what we know. Images from two well-exhibited series are shown below, but Cynthia also has a website and resume that reflect a continual exploration of what is real and/or true through photography and video.
A Detroit photographer, Cynthia received her MFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and also studied filmmaking at the University of Iowa where she received her MA in art history. She has exhibited widely around the world and her work is held in many public collections. She also, along with Catherine Smith, co-authored the book of vintage photographs, Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls and Other Renegades pib;;osjed bu Harry N. Abrams. In 2011, the Oakland University Art Gallery exhibited a survey exhibition, Cynthia Greig: Subverting the (un)Conventional curated by Dick Goody, which included a 70-page illustrated color catalogue.
She will be opening an exhibition of her Nature Morte Series at the DNJ Gallery in Los Angeles on April 21, running through June 2, 2012.
Because this post comes on the heels of Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to share work from The Likeness of Being.
THE LIKENESS OF BEING: Xbox 360, Second life, Cyber sex. What is real? What is fake? Plastic bodies, Mass-Reproduced, Faux flesh pressed between my fingers. Blank stares and anatomically incomplete, but through the camera’s frame a certain intimacy rings true. A private touch or tenderness—a semblance of fleeting human feeling in miniature toy form. Filtered through a vague recollection of experience, the virtual is real is ideal. The Magic Hour.
Cinematic, photographic, in print, on the Internet, one-night stands, true love, my camera is my body is my witness. Living flesh connects with invented love on a 1:12 dollhouse scale—what’s the difference if we feel? My image sensor replicates the resemblance of prior intimacies. Life imitates Art imitates Life. Review, edit, revise, repeat, delete—Save—for as long as it will survive on jump, flash, hard drive. Flickr, Facebook, YouTube—human memory stored in synthetic skin.
Ancestral desires carved in stone still await the After Life. Our Future Plastic. Enlarged to life-size, surrogate bodies hide the missing entrance to their mother’s womb.