On April 14 2012, Thomas Paul Fine Art Gallery in Los Angeles premieres Judy Dater’s most recent work which is based upon her memoir. Judy Dater is a famous female photographer who currently lives in the Bay area. She is best known for her photograph titled “Imogen and Twinka” (1974), the first full frontal female nude to be published in Life magazine. All of her current work focuses on topics of relationships, second-wave feminism, and what it was like for her being a female artist at the peak of second-wave feminism. Self-scrutiny and self-motivation were central themes in Dater’s work in the early 1970s, however in the 1980s she shifted her focus from the female psyche to a critique of the social contracts which hold dominion over one’s individual effort. Dater produced a series of images in which she portrayed many of the proposed roles for women. Dater placed herself in overtly minimal and artificial settings in which she donned absurd costumes which seemed to turn everyday objects into bizarre props. Dater addresses how identity is formed through social constructions, and by ironically donning the appearances of female archetypes Dater confronts the ideology that has confined women for generations.
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