Awesome juror, Suzy Lake, has made her selections for Man Up!, an upcoming multi-media exhibition to be presented by the Michigan Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. The show will be at the Gallery in the Duderstadt Center, July 12, 2012 – August 9, 2012. The artwork in the show explores the essence of power and the notion of “besting” oneself, other artists or men in general. I can’t wait to start hanging the work with Exhibition Co-Chair Margaret Parker.

Homeland Security by Ulla Barr

The pieces are exciting and edgy and varied, featuring work of women artists including celebrity artist/juror, Suzy Lake, a native of Detroit, who now lives and works in Toronto Canada. Lake is among the first female artists to adopt performance, video and photographic work to explore the politics of gender, the body and identity in Canada. Combining photography, performance, film and video Lake’s work is notable for its early investigations into the idea of identity as a construct. Using costumes, make-up and props, Lake creates self-portraits for the camera, often by assuming new identities.

Suzy Lake as Jay Lee Jaroslav by Suzy Lake

By highlighting the artifice of her adopted personas, Lake “dramatizes the self-transformation involved in posing for the camera.” Today, Lake’s art is widely recognized to be pioneering. Roberta Smith of the New York Times notes that Lake’s work “parallels and may precede that of Cindy Sherman.” In the 1970s, the two artists were contemporaries; Cindy Sherman invited Lake to exhibit in an early Hallwalls show in 1975.

The featured artists are: Ulla Barr, Tracy Brown, Katie Halton, Birgit Huttemann-Holz, Claire Hyman, Krista Jiannacopoulos, Lauren Kalman, Suzy Lake, Tara MacDougall, Carol Morris, Amanda Moyer, Molly Marie Nuzzo, Brenda Oelbaum, Maxine Olson, Patricia Olson, Priscilla Otani, Margaret Parker, Roxanne Phillips, Judith Roth, Helene Smith-Romer, Cyane Tornatzky, Jennifer Weigel, Margi Weir, Lorena Ziraldo.