Three Figurative Art Babes Shine on the Lower East Side
During the winter art season, three female figurative painters had standout solo exhibits on the Lower East Side. Vanessa Prager had a stellar New York debut at downtown gallery The Hole, which consisted of sixteen exquisite oil-based canvases. In her latest series 'Voyeur', the ravishing works were elegantly presented in the pristine all white space, some of which were only viewable through a peephole. Prager exercises brutish textural effects but achieves beautifully intimate results, all while utilizing gorgeous shades of mauves, violets, carnation pinks and burgandies. Prager draws parallels between her excessive use of oil paint to women's exaggerated use of makeup.
'Voyeur' was on view from January 26 - February 28th.
Katherine Bradford made a splashy statement with 'Fear of Waves' (pardon the pun) at Canada Gallery on Broome Street. The mostly acrylic-based works in the series are playful and philosophical, as undefined figures frolick in the water but also search for a deeper meaning in life. Soft hues of chartreuse, turquoise and fuschia accentuate and anchor the foreground, while various bodies interact in moving compositions.
'Fear of Waves' was on view from January 9 - February 14.
Recent Yale MFA grad, Heidi Hahn, stuns in her first solo exhibit at the Jack Hanley Gallery. In 'Bent Idle', Hahn captures tender moments, where young girls interact intimately with one another, sharing secrets and telling stories, etc. Some of the young women appear faceless, adding a level of mystery and distance to the viewer. Using an autumnal color palette, Hahn masterfully transforms their casual surroundings into mesmerizing, dream-like backdrops. Candlesticks, tombstones and blurry clocks add to the surrealist nature of these works in a compelling manner.
'Bent Idle' is on view from February 12 - March 13.