VIKKY ALEXANDER @ Downs & Ross
VIKKY ALEXANDER 1981–1983
Feb 10–Mar 12, 2017
Opening Friday, Feb 10, 6–8pm
Vikky Alexander is often introduced as a sleeper Pictures Generation artist, though she never seamlessly fit into that mostly male circle. Active in New York in the early 1980s, Alexander appropriated commercial photography, her work blowing up cropped images of actresses and models from magazine campaigns. “Entertainment” (1983), for example, juxtaposes four enlarged images from a fashion spread: a cropped leg that appears conspicuously as big as the model’s nearby arm, a heavily made-up woman looking over her shoulder, and a pair of feet mirroring each other, creating a wide tunnel. Above these images, the word “entertainment” is writ large and points to the role of the passive female body as a consumable site of pleasure within these images.
Downs & Ross
55 Chrystie Street #203 / 106 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002
Originally published at F-Stop Magazine.