Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in London is hosting, “Soft Serve,” by American artist Vanessa Prager.
“Soft Serve,” by American artist Vanessa Prager is on view at the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London. The show brings together a beautiful ensemble of the artist’s new oil paintings.
According to the Gallery, “the show is a significant step in the process of the artist’s creative evolution. The series itself represent the core of the evolution; putting together some of Prager’s acclaimed impasto work.”
The works featured in “Soft Serve” explore the female form, and portray its take on sexuality and voyeurism. The method the artist has chosen is even more attractive, it is through fleshy, thick daubs. These are the places where women recline in leisure, be it either alone or in small groups. The exhibition also marks as the artist’s first solo show in London.
“Referencing images from art history, often figures of women under the male gaze, Prager has established her unique practice with an approach rooted in both agility and acute detail. In earlier works, such as the series Dreamers, (2015), Prager’s work appeared abstract up close, while distance between viewer and canvas revealed faces—ostensibly the artist’s own. In newer works, as evident in In the Pink, (2018), conceptual shapes take more solid forms, presenting an illuminated pastoral tableau—a twisted dejeuner sur l’herbe,” says the gallery.
The approach that Prager has carved out in his new collection “Soft Serve” is that of more concrete figures and of melting realities. He creates sculptural paintings that ooze out from its brightly colored backgrounds.
Vanessa Prager was born in 1984 in Los Angeles, and was raised there too. Her artistry is mainly known for the large-scale abstract paintings that she creates. A diverse number of female figures consistently and prominently make its way through Prager’s practice. She creates thick, loose, heavily impastoed depictions of bodies that tend to melt in and out of their original form. It’s a take on what the observer, the beholder considers beauty or even identity.
“Soft Serve” by Vanessa Prager is on view from October 12 through November 11, 2018 at Kristin Hjellegjerde, 533 Old York Rd, London SW18 1TG, UK.
For details, visit: https://kristinhjellegjerde.com
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek into the artworks.
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