AGO and CONTACT present a transformative installation by Suzy Lake
(TORONTO, May 1, 2008) The Art Gallery of Ontario incollaboration with the CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival 2008presents a site-specific installation by one of Canada’s most importantartists. Suzy Lake’s compelling photographic mural entitled Rhythm of aTrue Space covers a section of the construction hoarding just outsidethe AGO’s McCaul Street entrance.
Lake has been using video, photography and performance art toexplore issues relating to the body, gender and identity for more than30 years. She consistently appears in her own work, transforming intovarious characters to examine issues of femininity, desirability andaging. In this installation, Lake evokes the fairytale character ofCinderella. Barefoot and wearing a plain white slip, she briskly sweepsthe construction debris that surrounds her, an act that transcends mereservitude. Instead, the deliberate gestures in each of the sixlarge-scale images suggest the preparation of something new, as well asthe notion of beauty rising from the rubble.
“The AGO is extremely pleased to showcase Lake’s work in conjunctionwith the CONTACT Festival,” says Sophie Hackett, assistant curator ofphotography. “The festival’s theme this year is Between Memory andHistory, which ties in nicely with the Gallery’s current state oftransformation. Lake’s work serves as a fitting response to the AGO’sconstruction, infusing the static barriers with dynamic creativity andmesmerizing rhythm.”
Lake has taught in the Studio Art program at the University ofGuelph since 1978, and exhibits her work nationally andinternationally. She lives and works in Toronto.
CONTACT is Toronto’s month-long festival of photography, which takesplace every May. Since the festival began 12 years ago, more than 500local, national and international artists have participated at morethan 200 venues across the GTA. CONTACT is devoted to celebrating andfostering appreciation for the art of photography.
Contemporary programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario is supportedby the Canada Council for the Arts through the Assistance to ArtMuseums and Public Galleries Program.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.