Vanessa Prager: Static
Vanessa Prager's Static includes new paintings that pack a sensory and emotional impact, redefining perception in a high-def world. Her impasto pieces resist the quick take and allow us to discover the hidden treasure of the work itself; in these paintings, more is more. In this time of pandemic, when screens dominate as a means to work, play, connect and exist, Prager is the analog compass directing us back to the tangible. With big, heavy, drippy canvases and what can only be referred to as extreme painting, Prager rejects artificial crispness and reminds us how an abstract work can help us locate feelings so precisely.
The subtle variations in pigment found in Vanessa Prager’s three dimensional works remind us of the muted light of a Georges Seurat tableau—or of Lee Krasner’s bold colors and altered surfaces. Yet, Prager subverts traditional techniques to reimagine familiar subjects—nudes, still lifes, landscapes and portraits—all of which she offers as veiled and distant, palpable and present, and undefined by gender. The faces she paints, and the expressions they portray, subtly reveal an often overlooked, ordinary effect we all quietly share with the world.
Vanessa Prager in Artillery Magazine"Gallery Rounds: Vanessa Prager" by Shana Nys-DambrotIt’s Vanessa Prager versus art history in this confounding and enchanting suite of oil on panel paintings, and her aggressive Impressionism-infused impasto is a knockout....
Vanessa Prager in Cultured Magazine"It's Funny You Mention It: Maya Rudolph and Vanessa Prager Talk Painting"Actor and comedian Maya Rudolph and Vanessa Prager first met on a blind date. Prager had been commissioned to paint a portrait of Rudolph ,...
Vanessa Prager interview in AmadeusA conversation with Alex Khatchadourian | Photos by Cara RobbinsVANESSA PRAGER BALANCES DENSITY AND LEVITY IN HER SERIES OF ABSTRACT PAINTINGS ENTITLED ‘STATIC’ by ALEX KHATCHADOURIAN Amidst a global pandemic, social protests, and the...
Vanessa Prager in Los Angeles Magazine"How Vanessa Prager Captures the COVID-19 Era on Canvas" by Michael Slenske“I wanted to simulate blankets and furry hugs and comfort,” the L.A.-bred artist says of her richly textured oil paintings. 'The pungent aroma of fresh...