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"Of Kith and Kin: Davida Nemeroff, Susan E. Evans, Cynthia Greig and Richard H. Smith"
2004-11-04 until 2004-12-04
Gallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography
Toronto, ON, CA Canada

Each of the artists in the exhibition presents familial portraits. Susan E Evans: Saga. Evans' snapshots are written descriptions of significant and banal Kodak moments, enshrined within a domestic interior. Cynthia Greig and Richard H Smith: Black Box - This is Not My Father. Greig and Smith use the only video footage the artists had of Greig's father in a searing portrait of loss. Davida Nemeroff: All These People. Nemeroff's glowing subjects exist somewhere between religious icons and burlesque performers. Lyle Rye: Young Girl at an Open Window. Rye films her five year-old daughter as the all-powerful master of her doll house world. Mixing digitally altered stills with video loops, Rye speaks of her images and video as a space where "slippages in time and disjunctions of place seep in and question the idea of a calmly ordered family life."

Susan E. Evans was born as Juanna Ramos in April 1966 in Yankton, South Dakota. Upon adoption, she was given the name Susan Eileen Evans. Starting her photographic studies at the age of eight, Evans received her BFA in both Photography and Holography from Goddard College in 1991 and graduated with honors from Cornell University earning a MFA in Photography. Currently Evans teaches photography and digital imaging at the Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. Evans is represented by Ricco/Maresca Gallery in Chelsea, NY. and Gallery Sink in Denver, CO. as well as appearing in galleries and museums worldwide.

Cynthia Greig has exhibited her work in the US and abroad including exhibitions at the Houston Center for Photography, The Alternative Museum in NYC, and Focal Point Gallery in England. Shortly after completing her studies in art history and filmmaking at the University of Iowa, she met her collaborator and mate, Richard Smith, while working on the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Greig maintains an Artist Portfolio at absolutearts.com. View more of her work at: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/g/greig/

Davida Nemeroff is a recent graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts with a B.F.A. in Photographic Studies. Her work has been published in such magazines as Contemporary, Hive, and PhotoEd Magazine. Informed by an appreciation for iconic imagery, Davida’s work bridges the gap between fine art and popular culture. She uses this connection with a playful sensibility to create portraits that have an enigmatic sense of familiarity. Her series All These People has been published as an e-book by EN Press available on lightreadings.com. Davida Nemeroff lives and works in Toronto.

Lyla Rye is an installation artist who lives and works in Toronto. She has shown across Canada and internationally for the past 15 years. She was a founding member of the Toronto collective Nether Mind. Recent solo exhibitions include: Cambridge Public Galleries, The Tree Museum and The Grimsby Public Art Gallery. She has exhibited in group exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Pace University Digital Gallery, New York and Downtown Art Space in Adelaide, Australia.

Richard H. Smith works as a film editor in Detroit, and has edited several independent documentaries. In 2000 he received an Emmy award for editing "Come Unto Me: The Faces of Tyree Guyton," a documentary about the controversial Detroit artist who transforms abandoned homes and crack houses into art to incite action against urban neglect.

IMAGE
Cynthia Greig & Richard H. Smith, Black Box: This is Not My Father, 2003, video loop still


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