The Apartment is thrilled to present an exhibition of pivotal historic work by Vancouver photographer Vikky Alexander, all made in the 1980s. Appropriated from fashion photography, reshot and arranged as near religious diptychs and triptychs, the works in “The Temptation of St Anthony” are classic postmodern takes on objectification and temptation.
The pioneering Vancouver artist and writer Ian Wallace describes how Alexander’s work is “an expression of the imaginary, wherein fantasies of hope and utopia are acted out in the daydreams that call reality into question. These are collective fantasies and are linked to popular taste for images that transcend the everyday. The images of extreme beauty, which are ubiquitous in commodity culture, function as a cult of escape from the everyday…Alexander’s work projects the raw indulgence that exists on the inside of these fantasies, heightening our apprehension and anxieties of them from within.”