Susan bozic dating portfolio
Bozic's character's dates a male mannequin and, through her photographs, we follow the couple from courtship and meeting the family to intimacy.
Bozic reflects on consumer society's pursuit of happiness and the good life while referencing the internet dating phenomenon by staging dates with someone a little bit "different." Her project merges the optimism of movie-star promotional photographs with questions about both the tradition of courtship and its current state.
, Stewart Oksenhorn, July 26, 2009, Colorado, USA The Dating Portfolio, Catalogue, MSVU Art Gallery, ISBN: 13-978-1-894518-51-2, Halifax, Canada The Comox Valley Echo, Art, Article, Pg.
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Petersburg, Russia Galleywest, Quixotic – two person, Contact 2012, Curated by Evan Tyler, (catalogue), Toronto, Canada 2011 Art Mûr, Mens-moi / Please lie to me, 15th Anniversary, Curated by Rhéal Lanthier, Montreal, Canada 2009 Cambridge Galleries, Curated by Ivan Jurakic, Cambridge, Canada Noorderlicht Photofestival, The Pursuit of Happiness, Curated by Wim Melis, Groningen, the Netherlands AIPAD – The Photography Show, Joel Soroka Gallery, Park Avenue Armory, New York, USA 2008 Monmouth Museum, Curated by Stephen Perloff & Sarah Morthland, New Jersey, USA 2007 Rodman Hall Arts Centre, Objects of Affection, Curated by Gordon Hatt, (catalogue), St. Gallery, Alumni Exhibition, Montreal, Canada Abitib – Tremiscamingue, Rouyn-Noranda, Canada 2004 Struts Gallery – two-person, with Lisa Klapstock, Curated by John Murchie, Sackville, Canada Artcite Inc.
Catharines, Canada Mac Donald Stewart Art Centre, Shakespeare Made in Canada, Curated by Judith Nasby, (catalogue), Guelph, Canada 2006 Richmond Art Gallery, Mirror, Mirror: Self-Portraits, Richmond, Canada Surrey Art Gallery, Arts 2006, Surrey, Canada 2005 Ace Art Inc., Winter Warmer, Winnipeg, Canada Richmond Art Gallery, 25 Years/25 Artists, Curated by Michelle Gewurtz, (catalogue), Richmond, Canada V. – two-person, with Sue Rynard, Curated by Mark Laliberte, Windsor, Canada White Water Gallery – two-person, with Judith Marquis, North Bay, Canada Hamilton Artists Inc.
On some level Bozic may be living out a virtual fantasy but the plastic man and the rented life expose obligation in utopia.
The Dating Portfolio reflects a similar aesthetic of pristine artificiality, but the gothic romanticism of her previous work is replaced by undertones of self-mocking humor resulting in what Bozic calls “The Club Med Look.” In the series, Bozic was able to continue her explorations of fabricated worlds first inspired by her work with the theatre and cinema.
But, by including herself in the tableaux, Bozic gives up a measure of control over the final image and further evolves as an artist.
When the absolute becomes less than human it may be time for a reevaluation of personal criteria.
A completely controlled existence forms a hollow shell without memories that graduate to experience.