Cynthia Greig - Portrait, photo courtesy of the artist

Cynthia Greig

United States 1959

Photography, Video Art

Cynthia Greig
Cynthia Greig
United States
March 14, 2016

Every man has certain aesthetic assumptions and everyone’s expectations and observation always includes experience. Questioning how we learn to see, recognize and memorize things, Cynthia Greig is trying to provoke the viewer into seeing the photograph excluding any previous knowledge. Her aim is to create the images that research how information get’s to the consciousness, becomes the part of the memory and effects on our understanding of the world. The photograph has one unique role – to negotiate with what we consider to be real.

Cynthia Greig - Representations no. 63 (books), 2007, copyrights Cynthia Greig
Cynthia Greig – Representations no. 63 (books), 2007, copyrights Cynthia Greig

Photography as the Truth

The Relation between photographic truth and perceived reality is shown in series Representations. For a construction of the photographs, she was painting the objects in white color, leaving partially its natural color, drawing an outline onto it and photographing the transformed items against the white background. She provokes the observer to consider the truth of photography by reconsidering perception of the reality of common objects.

Greig is a passionate collector of 19. century photography

Cynthia Greig - New Eden photo album, copyrights Cynthia Greig
Cynthia Greig – New Eden photo album, copyrights Cynthia Greig

I am Isabelle Raymond

As a passionate collector of 19. century photography, she created an imaginary character, Isabelle Raymond, the nineteenth-century female photographer who dresses like a man, and her male model, M. Claudet. It was a part of her installation, New Eden: The Life and Work of Isabelle Raymond. Inspired by this work, Greig participated in the production of the book of vintage photographs Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls and Other Renegades, which celebrate women who were brave enough to wear pants when it was men clothes only. After her studies of printmaking at Washington University, she graduated art history at the University of Iowa and photography at the University of Michigan. She was rewarded with several recognitions such as Kresge artist Fellowship from the Kresge Foundation (2015), Aperture Prize Runner-Up from Aperture Foundation, New York NY (2007), Creative Artist Award for filmmaking from Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (1990) and many others. Her works are a part of permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, George Eastman House and Museum of International Photography and Film, Light Work, Syracuse, NY, and Smith College Museum of Art as well as corporate and private collections throughout North and South America and Europe.

Humor is a part of Gerig’s work

Cynthia Greig - The Museum (instalation view), 2011, copyrights Cynthia Greig
Cynthia Greig – The Museum (instalation view), 2011, copyrights Cynthia Greig

Humor and Irony Reveal the Reality

Cynthia Greig is a visual artist and curator. In her work, she is playing with visual mistakes, often on one humoristic and sarcastic way. Her knowledge of art history and museum experience combined with passion with old photographs have greatly influenced her thinking about the role that public institutions and photography play in preserving the history and creating our understanding of reality. Greig has been making videos and photographs since 1990. Her work is especially relevant in this digital era, when she creates pure, analog images, using her own technique, without computer modifications.

Cynthia Greig is represented by Stephen Burger Gallery, Toronto.

Cynthia Greig lives and works in Detroit, United States.

Featured image: Cynthia Greig – Portrait, photo courtesy of the artist
All images used for illustrative purpose only

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Cynthia GreigStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2016Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Re-invigorate the Still LifeKonsthallen-Bohusläns Museum, Uddevalla, SwedenGroup
2016The Scent of Rain on Dry EarthDetroit Artists Market, Detroit, MIGroup
2015Cynthia Greig (with L.E. Young-Siri)Buckham Gallery, Flint, MIDuo
2015Mundo, Imagem, Mundo—Moving ImagesFestival Internacional de Fotografia de Belo Horizonte, BrazilGroup
2015Fotograma Livre: Tão longe, tão perto8º Fest Foto, Porto Alegre, BrazilGroup
2015Peak ExperiencesShort House @ Shangrila, Joshua Tree National Park, CAGroup
2015Making Mischief: Jennifer Dalton, Alex Gingrow, Cynthia Greig, Laurina Paperina and Scott ReederCenter Galleries, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MIGroup
2015Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Re-invigorate the Still LifeHå gamle prestegard, Stavanger, NorwayGroup
2014meta-illusioni: Nicola Evangelisti, Cynthia Greig, Michal Machu, Pilar Soberon and Philippe SoussanArt 1307, Villa di Donato, Naples, ItalyGroup
2014Reflexion — Ästhetische ReferenzenDesignHaus, Darmstadt, Germany, Darmstädter Tage der FotografieGroup
2014Emerging to Established - IKrause Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2014DiffusionVerve Gallery, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2013Cynthia GreigBildkultur Galerie, Stuttgart, GermanySolo
2013Narrative SpaceVenice Arts Center, Venice, CAGroup
2013Still Life LivesFitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MAGroup
2013Seventeen DaysWestern Michigan University Art Gallery, Kalamazoo, MIGroup
2012Cynthia GreigDNJ Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2012Body - Object: Works by Ten PhotographersCarl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OHGroup
2011Cynthia GreigOakland University Art Gallery, Rochester MISolo
2011Beauty, Humor, and Social Justice: Gifts of Joan MorgensternMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, TXGroup
2011Live from DetroitFred Torres Collaborations, New York, NYGroup
2011Nothing to SayJean Paul Slusser Gallery, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MIGroup
2011Me - WeThe Butcher’s Daughter. Ferndale MIGroup
2010Cynthia GreigWitzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
2010Cynthia GreigClark Gallery, Lincoln, MASolo
2010Cynthia GreigDNJ Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2010Drawing Pictures: Jowhara AlSaud, Cynthia Greig, Ashley Reid & Athena WaligoreThe Camera Club of New YorkGroup
2010The Things Themselves: Contemporary Still LifePelham Art CenterGroup
2009The Trace of Archive and MemoryThe Butcher’s Daughter, Ferndale, MIGroup
2009Complicity: Contemporary Photography and the Matter of SculptureRena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009The Vitreous: Of Eyes and OpticsEsther Klein Art Gallery, University Science Center, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2009Works on PaperSmith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MAGroup
2008Cynthia GreigUno Art Space, Stuttgart, GermanySolo
2008Cynthia GreigWallspace Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2008StagedClark Gallery, Lincoln, MAGroup
2008Philadelphia Collects Works on PaperDelaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DEGroup
2007Cynthia GreigMuseo de la Fotografia, Santa Fe, ArgentinaSolo
2007Cynthia GreigRichard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NMSolo
2007Cynthia GreigFoto Arte Festival, Brasilia, BrazilSolo
2007Cynthia Greig (with Michal Bachi)Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson, NYDuo
2007Fiction - The Delicate Art of Faking HistoryForest City Gallery, London, Ontario, Canada Stranger thanGroup
2007Relative Closeness: Portraits of Family & FriendsMuseum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, ILGroup
2007Trauma Interrupted: The Felt Experience ProjectCatalyst Arts, Belfast, IrelandGroup
2006Cynthia GreigCentro Cultural Recoleta, Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSolo
2006AfterBoston Center for the Arts, Boston, MAGroup
2005Cynthia GreigSFCamerawork, San Francisco, CASolo
2005Biennial 23South Bend Regional Art Museum, South Bend, INGroup
2004Whiz Bang: Videos by Emerging ArtistsHarvestworks, New York, NYGroup
2004LA Freewaves How Can You Resist? InheritanceRedCat Theater, Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Of Kith and KinGallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, CanadaGroup
2004Managing EdenThe University of North Texas Art Galleries, Denton, TXGroup
2004Truth Matters: The Meaning of ObjectsHouston Center for Photography, Houston, TXGroup
2004Picturing Women: Historical Works and Contemporary ResponsesThe Library Company, Philadelphia, PA and Bryn Mawr CollegeGroup
2003Cynthia Greig (with Elia Alba)Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, EnglandDuo
2003Cynthia Greig (with Elia Alba)Margaret Harvey Gallery, St. Albans England Duo
2003Cynthia Greig (with Tyrone Brais)Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario Canada Duo
2003Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self Online ExhibitionInternational Center for Photography, New York, NYGroup
2003Managing EdenCenter for Photography, Woodstock, NYGroup
2003Selections II: John Benevuto, Peter Dudek, Cynthia Greig, Cathy Smith, Lorraine TadySPACES, Cleveland, OHGroup
2002Cynthia GreigMoreau Art Galleries, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, INSolo
2002Cynthia GreigMuseum of Art, SUNY-Potsdam, NYSolo
2002FUSE: After Dolly Institute of Contemporary Arts, LondonGroup
2002The Photographic EdgeCarl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OHGroup
2002Ground ZeroMuseum of New Art, Detroit, MIGroup
2001Cynthia GreigGallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2001Cynthia GreigUrban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MISolo
2001The Truth of Appearances: Cynthia Greig, Michael Hernandez de Luna & Peter PatchenUniversity Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI Group
2001ArtCultureNatureCoconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZGroup
2001Apocalypse NoirPenelec Gallery, Allegheny College, Meadville, PAGroup
2000Bounded Intervals: Michele Brody, Cynthia Greig, Sheila Moss & John RoloffDetroit Artists Market, Detroit, MIGroup
2000Curator's ChoiceUkrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, ILGroup
2000Vision as MetaphorBuckham Gallery, Flint, MIGroup
1998Group ShowThe Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WIGroup
1998TenThe Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MNGroup