Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Photography: Excited about..

Alex Prager returns to New York after the storming success of her 2010 must see show ‘Week-end’ (also at Yancey Richardson). It was the third installment of a series of staged female portraits set in LA, exploring the female stereoype- the narrative that lies behind the superficiality of the American woman, the relationship between reality and make believe. Prager’s work was featured in MoMA’s ‘New Photography 2010’. Roxana Marcoci, the museum’s curator of Photography was intrigued by the commercial aspect of Prager’s work, specifically as a consequence of viewer awareness of ‘the current dominance of consumer society in visual culture.’

Prager uses a visual that feels inspired by images more frequently associated with film and fashion. (You may recall ‘Lofty Ambitions’ in Vogue’s September Issue 2011). She’s also worked with publications such as W, i-D and Tank. Her exploration of the surreal as a representation of reality lends brilliantly to fashion, and harks back to the poignancy of Marcoci’s interest in the relationship between consumer society and visual culture.

‘Compulsion’ is said to be an even more emotive experience than previous exhibitions- she continues to alter and construct scenes, also interjecting with evocative close ups of eyes brimming with emotion.

We’re looking forward to seeing how she continues her narrative..!!

Prager is a self-taught photographer who lives in Los Angeles. Her work is featured in the permanent collections of numerous major museums- such as the MoMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. ‘Compulsion’ runs 5th April- 26th May at the Yancey Richardson gallery, New York.