A Room Is a Cage, The World a Zoo in the Collages of Vikky Alexander

October 1, 2014 2:25 PM

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A Room Is a Cage, The World a Zoo in the Collages of Vikky Alexander

The photo-collages in Vikky Alexander's first show at Wilding Cran Gallery, titled Theatergarden Bestiarium, are spare. In each, one or more cutout images of toy animals are overlaid onto a photo of a sumptuous historical site devoid of people. The flat-footed austerity of the collages' artistic construction stands in diametric contrast to the opulence of each depicted site; suspended in this dialectic is a multiplicity of meanings.

Alexander constructs each collage by pasting cutouts from a toy catalog onto a postcard, then scans and prints the small collage as a larger cohesive piece. Due to the enlargement, up close, tiny inkjet dots composing each printed image are subtly apparent. Though the carefully cut-out animals seem ...

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