Please join us for a gallery talk with LA painter Vanessa Prager on Saturday, May 27, at 11:00 AM.
Prager will talk about her work, and share the inspiration for her current exhibition, “Ultraviolet,” now on view at Richard Heller Gallery.
Prager’s work has garnered critical acclaim for its rich impasto, which bends and refracts light across deeply layered three-dimensional surfaces, offering the viewer a variation of perspectives. Up close, see the varying rhythms and nuances in the artist’s brush strokes and stratified layers of paint. There is a physicality that needs to be explored in an up close and personal way. However, pull back from the work and the light again shifts, revealing a face or a figure slyly staring back at you, as if to say “what took you so long?”
“Ultraviolet” marks an important evolution for Prager as she turns the brush on herself, revealing who she is, or possibly who she wants to be. Full figures are also beginning to emerge, but overall she moves toward the inclusion of colorful, luscious, painterly abstraction. Another impressive achievement is Prager’s ramping up of her scale: one of the new paintings measures 8 x 12 feet, inviting the viewer to more completely enter her assumed world; they become experiential.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 24, to: firstname.lastname@example.org.