12 October – 11 November 2018
Kristin Hjellegjerde London, 533 Old York Rd
11 October 2018
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Luncheon on the Grass, 2018, oil on panel, 60x120" (diptych).
September 24, 2018 (London, UK)—Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery is pleased to present, Soft Serve, an exhibition of new oil paintings by American artist Vanessa Prager, October 12 through November 11, 2018. The series is an evolution of Prager’s acclaimed impasto work, exploring the female form, sexuality and voyeurism through fleshy, thick daubs, where women recline either alone or in small groups. It is the artist’s first solo exhibition 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.
Now, in Soft Serve, Prager carves out a series of more concrete figures—melting realities, oozing with sculptural paint on brightly colored backgrounds: dripping red lips, chunky skin and thick spidery eyelashes, where brushstrokes evoke the tradition of the nude female au plein air. Here the women Prager paints come sharply into focus, daring bare skin, yet intangible and out of reach in their hazy world.
Welcome to Soft Serve.
Prager is represented by The Hole, New York, and Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles. Most recently, in a collaboration with her sister, artist Alex Prager, featuring Maya Rudolph, her work was featured on the cover of New York Times Magazine (September 2018). Prager’s participation in group museum exhibitions includes the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Her work has received critical praise from international press including W Magazine, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Elle, Flaunt, Angeleno Magazine, Interview, Huffington Post, LA Weekly and Nylon.
Soft Serve opens October 12, 2018 and runs through November 11, 2018. For more information please contact Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery.
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About Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
Kristin Hjellegjerde opened her gallery in London in June 2012, followed by a second space in Berlin in 2018. Named one of the top 500 most influential galleries in the world by Blouin (2015), as well as independent gallery of the year by the Londonist (2014), KristinHjellegjerde Gallery showcases cutting-edge contemporary art from emerging and established international artists, with the central concern being to create an intimate space in which artists can present a coherent body of work within a focused environment. Drawing on her own international background, Kristin Hjellegjerde seeks to discover and develop new talents by creating a platform through which they can be introduced to local and international audiences and by allowing for artistic exchange. Kristin Hjellegjerde also acts as an art advisor for both emerging private and corporate collectors, and will also be curating Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium’s summer exhibition 2019. For more information, visit www.kristinhjellegjerde.com.