I went to the FOAM museum in Amsterdam the other day and saw the art show by Alex Prager.
About Alex Prager
The American artist Alex Prager’s (1979, Los Angeles) work is inspired by films, street photography, pop culture, her personal experiences and her environment. She uses style elements that we know from early cinematic genres such as film noir, thriller, melodrama and crime fiction. Women often play the leading role in her work. The flawless perfection of their stylized beauty is as tempting as it is frightening. The films and photos in which they figure often have a dark undertone – varying from dormant fear to traces of violence and disaster.
Prager’s work is rooted in the photographic tradition of William Eggleston, Diane Arbus and Cindy Sherman, all masters of freezing the indefinable everyday moment. Prager’s oeuvre consists of heavily directed images in large format and in rich colors. Her photos can be seen as “single frame narratives” in which a mysterious story unfolds within the framework of the frame. Her films often lack a clear storyline. Together the works tell a bizarre, everlasting unreality.
I absolutely loved this exhibition. I think Prager’s photographs are so colourfull, cinematic and so pretty. It’s pop culture, it’s LA, it’s American, it’s cheerfull and yet also melangolic and sometimes a little sad. The exhibition consists of photographs and film, which I think was very interesting. The films and photographs don’t necessarily have a story, but yet they also do. It’s up to yourself what you get out of it, that’s the beauty of it. The exhibition is until September 4th, so you can still check it out!
Go check out FOAM’s website here.