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UNIFORMED: Urban Heroes to McJobs is the summation of my exploration over a number of years into various manifestations of the uniform. During this time I have produced a number of bodies of work presenting the uniformed figure as an emblem of a certain type of popular culture and national identity (Hockey series); as the expression of a certain sort of romantic, youthful quest (Trans-Canada Bicyclists); as a celebration of certain admirable values like community service (Workers Banners); and as representations of various mundane, “hard-work” professions (Windsor Workers). Some of the works from these series, for example fire-fighters and women in non-traditional roles, in conjunction with my latest series, McJobs, will complete my study of the uniform, moving from the cultural and the heroic to the mundane and the oppressive.
Photographs from Barrie Jonesâ€™ exhibition,Â UNIFORMED: Urban Heroes to McJobs, April 2002 at the Richmond Art Gallery, are accompanied by Jeremy Toddâ€™s text, The Lost and Found Powers of Barrie Jonesâ€™ Pictures.
Authors: Jeremy Todd
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