The colours of her pictures have an intense, almost gaudy glow. Her images resemble stills of old 70s movies. In her new ‘Week-End’ exhibition, Alex Prager presents “a world which simultaneously does and doesn't exist”.
The photographer is convinced that every woman has the heart of an actress. Connections between her cinematic imagery and her Californian heritage seem clear-cut. The protagonists of the 18 new exhibits embody retro brought to life in their wigs and polyester blouses. Yet kitschy first impressions are quickly translated into ardent enthusiasm and fascination.
The fictional snap shots of just the other weekend take us on an emotional voyage through alienation, lust, fear, neglect and ambiguous, lunatic actions. The photographs go further than being mere colourful snap shots – each face, each expression tells part of the story.
Alex Prager was born 1979 in Los Angeles and started early when she took up a camera in her youth. She has no formal photography qualifications, but travelled the United States and Europe where she thrived on the many impressions she gained and a love of art. An exhibition by the pioneer of artistic colour photography, William Eggleston, provided the critical impulse to her work nowadays.
Ever since then her work has been displayed in over twenty exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and London and published in magazines such as i-D, Tank and Elle Japan. Following her previous series ‘Polyester’ and ‘Big Valley’; ‘Week-End’ comments on the bizarre concept of perfection that rules dominates her hometown.
Almost at the same time, her work will be on display in Los Angeles and NYC galleries.
Alex Prager - Week-End
30. January – 6. March
Private view: 30. January, 7pm-9pm
612 North Almont Drive
Alex Prager Week-End
14.January - 20. February
Tu - Sa, 10am- 6pm
Yancey Richardson Gallery
535 West 22nd Street 3rd floor
New York NY 10011