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Susan Dobson

Shifting Tenses

with Iga Janik

text by Robert Enright

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Initial publish date
Jan 2011
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Susan Dobson captures in photographs, a sense of monotonous, repetitive design of suburbia. In these works, subtle differences between images of doorways, entrances and shrubbery emphasize the suburbanite yearning for unique character and the steps taken to enhance individuality. Housing developements are viewed by the artist as a metaphor for consumer culture at large, as in her view, uniformity of design has the negative impact of reducing individuality and choice of personal expression. Presented in the exhibition are photographs (sometimes edited for effect), alongside video projection, and large scale prints luminously displayed on light boxes.

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Robert Enright is one of Canada's best known cultural journalists. He is the founder and Senior Contributing Editor of Border Crossings magazine and holds a research chair in Art Criticism at the University of Guelph. He was an art critic for CBC radio and television for twenty-five years and continues to contribute to a number of network programs. He also contributes regularly to the Globe and Mail, and to a number of international art magazines. For his work he has received fourteen nominations at the National and Western Magazine Awards. In 2005 he was named a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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