Reut Barnea, Art review: Aline Alagem at Artstation Gallery
originaly published at Calcalist magazine, 16.02.2014
At first glance the pieces catch the viewer’s attention thanks to the vividness and precision in it, and only a second gaze that lingers on every piece, reveals what she is actually showing us and what she is trying to tell us
What: Young painter Aline Alagem's new solo show, on which six large scale paintings that deal with the subject of the image. Until the 15th of March at Artstation Gallery Tel Aviv. Gallery talk Friday 21 of February, at 11:00.
The critic says: Alagem (32) is one of the talk about contemporary artists in the last few years, and rightfully so. First, this is an artist with precise and impressive hyper realist technique that depicts textures like smears foundation makeup or eyeshadow in a way that makes them rise from the canvas almost. Secondly, Alagem's reflexive practice in art itself and in the image, is intriguing to a disturbing level at some of the pieces.
The pieces in the current show have no titles, neither does the show. Alagem chose to neutralize them from this aspect in order to focus the most part of the attention in the image itself. Her images are beautiful, colorful, and highly attractive. The subjects that she chooses to show are “beautiful”- snowy peaks, posh fountains, noble horses and naked women out of porn scenes. The purpose of Alagem's choice to center on these beautiful, sublime and alluring images is to ask questions about images of beauty, in a time where everything we experience is filtered through processed images that were “beautified”. These are very seductive pieces: at first glance they catch the viewer’s eye thanks to the vividness and precision, and only a second gaze that lingers on every piece, reveals what she is actually showing us and what she is trying to tell us.
To the point: Impressive technique and intelligent images that disturb the viewer’s ease.