Be­cause the shift­ing di­rec­tion of her work sur­prises and de­lights

Toronto Life - - Culture -

Sara Cwynar, a for­mer graphic de­signer at New York Times Mag­a­zine, cre­ates im­ages that are about the way we look at im­ages. Her lat­est work—in­clud­ing por­traits with pho­tog­ra­phy props ob­scur­ing the ex­pres­sion of their sub­ject (above)—con­tin­ues her play­ful project of sub­vert­ing view­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions of how a pic­ture should look. Like her re­cent bou­quet se­ries, where junky ob­jects like Tup­per­ware were used in place of fresh blooms for volup­tuous “flo­ral” ar­range­ments, Cwynar’s new pho­to­graphs de­pict a sur­pris­ingly man­i­cured chaos. Cooper Cole Gallery, coop­er­cole­gallery.com.

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