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Suzy Lake, Beauty at a Proper Distance/In Song, 2001–2002, three color transparencies in light boxes, each 55 × 48".

Suzy Lake

Art Gallery of Ontario

Suzy Lake, Beauty at a Proper Distance/In Song, 2001–2002, three color transparencies in light boxes, each 55 × 48".

Hardly an introduction to a body of work that spans nearly half a century, “Introducing Suzy Lake,” a retrospective that honored the Detroit-born, Toronto-based photographer, emphasized the two driving forces that jointly determined the course this artist’s rich oeuvre would take: Lake’s steadfast engagement with photography and her provocative work with her own body. In Lake’s hands, the photographic medium is imbued with a strong material presence. Her 1970s works such as Suzy Lake as Gary William Smith, 1973–74, and ImPositions #1 and ImPositions #2, both 1977, demonstrate innovative postproduction skills. In the earlier work, a suite of four progressively altered photographs, the artist transforms her own face into that of fellow artist Gary William Smith using numerous darkroom exposures and chemical techniques, while in the “ImPOSITIONS” series, 1977, she depicts herself

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