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click to enlarge _Representation #15 (ice cream)_ - Cynthia Greig | Borderless Chromogenic Print | 2002
  • _Representation #15 (ice cream)_Cynthia Greig | Borderless Chromogenic Print | 2002

Cynthia Greig’s latest Representations series blurs the line between drawing and photography, exploring the concept of photographic truth and its correspondence to perceived reality. Focusing on the representation of ordinary things—coffee cups, matchbooks, televisions—Greig draws directly onto three-dimensional objects—painted over in white paint—creating visual hybrids that appear to vacillate between drawing and photography, black-and-white and color. Greig’s innovative picture-making process references conceptual art, Dadaism, and traditional still life portraiture, building on those foundations to call into question both the photographic process and the inviolability of objects—think of her work as Object Revisionism. “My photographs intend to draw attention to how we see,” says Greig. “They examine the illusory nature of representation, and challenge those assumptions we might have about photography and its relationship to what we believe to be true.”

Greig’s photographs imply that reality is perceived rather than fixed. “My work is about subversion—subverting conventional ways of representing and categorizing,” says Greig. “I’m interested in creating images that unite what appear to be opposites, to throw assumptions off-guard and thwart passive viewing.”

An MFA graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design, Greig has exhibited her photographs across the country and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions of Greig’s Representations series include stints at San Francisco Camerawork and Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires. This summer, Greig’s work will be included in “Relative Closeness: Portraits of Family & Friends,” an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

Greig will be exhibiting her photographs from the Representations series this month at Nicole Fiacco Gallery in Hudson, as part of a two-woman show, “Altered States,” with Israeli artist Michal Bachi. “Altered States” will be on view at Nicole Fiacco Gallery, 506 Warren Street, Hudson, June 9 through July 21. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 9, from 6 to 8pm.

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