HUNTING AND GAMING
Vanessa Prager and Kathy Grayson
January 24 - February 14, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 7 - 10pm
Hosted by Erika Christensen and Jeff Vespa
Robert Berman Gallery is pleased to present Hunting and Gaming: an exhibition of paintings by Kathy Grayson & Vanessa Prager. On view January 24 through February 14, 2009.
'Hunting and Gaming' explores the nature of sinister play. Vanessa Prager paints starkly lit scenes of surrealistic moments in daily life; untangling holiday decorations, playing with old toys, driving or chatting. But her odd theatrical arrangements suggest something creepy going on behind the innocent façade. Kathy Grayson explores various digital degradations whether with old family photographs re-imagined through early video gaming and green screen effects, with video game "death screens" or with quasi-abstract explosions of distorted video information. Memory and technology infect and distort each other in her uncanny panel paintings.
Vanessa Prager lives and works in Los Feliz. At just 24 years old, this ambitious, self-taught artist has five years of exhibitions under her belt in alternative venues and galleries throughout Los Angeles, as well as notable magazine collaborations, and a long list of eminent collectors.
Kathy Grayson has lived and worked in New York after graduating from Dartmouth College in 2002. She has recently exhibited work at Colette in Paris, at O.H.W.O.W. in Miami, at Park Life in San Francisco, and at Kim Light gallery in Los Angeles. Recent articles on her work have appeared in Dazed and Confused, i-D and Tokion magazine. Her work is in the collection of Microsoft.