photographers Dobson, Susan (CDN)

artwork infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

  • Susan Dobson, Smart Centre #3, 2008
  • Susan Dobson, Smart Centre #3, 2008

    Susan Dobson, Smart Centre #3, Premium inkjet, ca. 40,6 x 50,8 cm, Edition 10, 2008. Please contact gallery for price.

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  • Susan Dobson, Sleep Country, 2008
  • Susan Dobson, Sleep Country, 2008

    Susan Dobson, Sleep Country, Premium inkjet, ca. 40,5 x 51 cm, Edition 10, 2008. Please contact gallery for price.

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  • Susan Dobson, Bank of Montreal, 2008
  • Susan Dobson, Bank of Montreal, 2008

    Susan Dobson, Bank of Montreal, Premium inkjet, ca. 40,6 x 51 cm, Edition 10, 2008. Please contact gallery for price.

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  • Susan Dobson, Chuck E Cheese, 2008
  • Susan Dobson, Chuck E Cheese, 2008

    Susan Dobson, Chuck E Cheese, Premium inkjet ,ca. 40,5 x 51 cm, Edition 10, 2008. Please contact gallery for price.



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  • Susan Dobson, Mark´s Work Wearhouse, 2008
  • Susan Dobson, Mark´s Work Wearhouse, 2008

    Susan Dobson, Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Premium inkjet, ca. 40,5 x 51 cm, Edition 10, 2008. Please contact gallery for price.



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  • Susan Dobson, Smart Centre #1, 2008
  • Susan Dobson, Smart Centre #1, 2008

    Susan Dobson, Smart Centre #1, Premium inkjet, ca. 40,5 x 51 cm, Edition 10, 2008. Please contact gallery for price.

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  • Susan Dobson, Home Depot, 2008
  • Susan Dobson, Home Depot, 2008

    Susan Dobson, Home Depot, Premium inkjet, ca. 40,5 x 51 cm, Edition 10, 2008. Please contact gallery for price.



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  • Susan Dobson, Harvey´s, 2008
  • Susan Dobson, Harvey´s, 2008

    Susan Dobson, Harvey's, Premium inkjet, ca. 40,5 x 51 cm, Edition 10, 2008. Please contact gallery for price.



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biography infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

Susan Dobson was born in suburban Riverview, New Brunswick, to a family of land developers, and she also spent many early years living in a historic German town. While in Europe she witnessed the residual evidence of WWII bombing raids, and the rebuilding and restoration that was still underway. As a result of her background, themes of unearthing and rebuilding, and architecture and archaeology are frequently evidenced in her photographs. Her work is also strongly rooted in the medium of photography itself, in its technological and material qualities, its history, and its indexical nature. Dobson graduated from British Colombiar in 1984 and was awarded a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Ryerson University in 1988. She received her M.F.A. from Guelph University in 1997.

Serie - Retail -

Ser- Prices are changing by the amount of sold copies, edition of 10 in the size 16 x 20 in (ca. 40,6 x 50,8 cm) and edition of 10 in the size 40 x 55 in (107 x 140 cm) 950 € up to 7200 €:

The series titled Retail depicts large franchise retail outlets, commonly known as "box stores," set against vibrant, corporate blue skies and vast deserted parking lots. The structures themselves are digitally filled in with grey, emphasizing each building's outline and establishing a visual relationship with the grey asphalt in the foreground. Grouped with matching horizon lines, they create a visual continuum when the prints are installed in the gallery space.

Recent North American retail architecture is provisional in construction and has a limited life span. Some stores, such as Harvey's, are nothing more than what Robert Venturi refers to as decorated sheds - utilitarian boxes that have no distinct structural form and are distinguishable from one another only by their signage. Others, such as The Beer Store, employ a distinct shape as a form of branding - like subdivision housing, they appear to have been stamped from identical moulds. Curiously, The Home Depot is oddly reminiscent of the Taj Mahal, with its vast expanse of space in front of the building and its long interlocking pathway leading to the front entrance; a shrine to rampant consumerism.

The vibrant blue sky colour may hint at consumer optimism, yet the grey buildings and the expanse of empty asphalt foreshadow the impermanence of retail structures and mass consumption in a time of economic uncertainty and environmental awareness. " Seen within this context, "writes Robin Metcalfe, "Dobson's ghostly big-box stores glisten like a digital mirage, prescient images of a doomed landscape.2"

#1 See Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour, Learning from Las Vegas. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977. Part II

# 2 Metcalfe, Robert. Exhibition catalogue for Susan Dobson: Temporary Architectures. St. Mary's University Art Gallery, October 2008.

shows infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

2017
in focus Galerie
, Köln
2015
Of Time and Buildings at Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph
2014
Of Time and Buildings at George Eastman House
2012
Dislocations, Cambridge Art Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.
2011
American Temples, in focus Galerie, Cologne, Germany (with L. Troeller + Chang Kim)
Views, Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
2010
Dislocation, The Department, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Endlessly Traversed Landscapes, a site specific billboard installation in conjunction with the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad. Organized by VANOC and curated by Natalie Doonan.
2009
Retail, The Department, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A CONTACT photography festival feature exhibition.
2008
Temporary Architectures, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In conjunction with the photography festival Photopolis, and with Nocturne: Art at Night.
Rememory, The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
2006
Open House, Elora Centre for the Arts, Elora, Ontario, Canada.
2005
Open House, National Center for the Arts (Cenart,) Mexico City, Mexico.
Open House, Fotoseptiembre 2005, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico.
Open House, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Susan Dobson: Interiors, The Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Contact Photography Festival feature exhibition.
2004/05
Open House, Art Gallery of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
2004
Open House, SRO Photo Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA.
Open House, Tatar Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
No Fixed Address, Gallery 44 Project Room, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2002/03
Sprawl, Centennial Gallery, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
2001
Natural Law, Tatar Alexander Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2000
Home Invasion, Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
Home Invasion, The Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Vanishing Point, The Floating Gallery Centre for Photography, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1999
Home Invasion, Struts Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.
Home Invasion, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1997
Vanishing Point, New York State University, Buffalo, New York, USA.