There are numerous reasons why photographer Alex Prager has gained such success and adoration, but one standout factor is her ability to make viewers see the world for its busy but dressed-up glory. She does so by setting a scene, something similar to daily life but eerily unfamiliar. The photographer creates sets to do this, but it’s a set you’d unknowingly walk past, a bus stop or a cinema crowd cast full of friends, family and the famous. It’s this mix of the real and the staged that’s seen curators at the world’s largest galleries fall for Alex, alongside the rest of us. You can’t help but stop and stare at an image by Alex Prager.
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The Glasgow School Of Art was victim to a devastating fire that has left it “extensively damaged” according to reports. The iconic Mackintosh building, an ode to the genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, was undergoing a £35m reconstruction following a fire in 2014, and members of the arts community have paid homage in the wake of the news.
Tickets are now available for our next Nicer Tuesdays event, taking place on the evening of 26 June at Oval Space. Our speaker line-up this month features illustrator and member of collective Le Gun, Robert Rubbish; founder and editor-in-chief of Season zine Felicia Pennant; animation director Nicos Livesey; and Belgian graphic design studio Atelier Brenda.Graphic design studio Atelier Brenda – though often referred to colloquially, and mysteriously, as if Brenda is a single entity – is actually made up of three female graphic and type designers, Nana Esi, Sophie Keij and Amélie Bakker. Brenda is their alter ego, with a character to match, and a way for the trio to join forces post university and garner clients – which worked a treat. Each designer has their own graphic style and skillset, which they bring to the studio’s unique and lively work. Nana and Sophie will be joining us to share their latest creations.
Irreverent and renowned illustration collective Le Gun have long been staples of the London creative scene, and Robert Rubbish is one of its charismatic members. Not only known for his work, he’s a familiar sight around town too, particularly Soho, the subject of much of his work and recent book, Spiritus Soho_. Depicting the area’s idiosyncratic characters and ambience to a T, the images show Robert is a master storyteller, so we’re very keen to hear him tell us more from the Nicer Tuesdays podium.
In the month of the World Cup, we’re excited to have Felicia Pennant, founder and editor-in-chief of "_Season zine":https://www.season-zine.com/, join us to speak about its fifth issue. Founded in 2016 as a football and fashion publication for female football fans, to “counter the male, pale and sometimes stale state of modern football culture”, its stories are pioneering, empowering and a much-needed breath of fresh air in the publishing landscape. Felicia will be telling us about issue five, which explores religion and faith in football.Animation director Nicos Livesey was one of It’s Nice That’s Ones to Watch 2017, selected for his incredible stop motion films. These include the mesmerising claymation video Glore for Radkey, part of Channel 4’s Random Acts series, a stop motion ad for Maynards Bassetts made from icing and jelly, and an entirely sewn music video for his band Throne. He recently returned to working with embroidery, collaborating with The London Embroidery Studio to create the BBC’s World Cup trailer. He’ll be telling us how this intricate film was made.
“Structuring facts and data,” responds graphic designer Jaap Smit when asked about the focus of his creative practice. Based in The Hague, Jaap utilises freely available information and creates graphic parameters to structure it, resulting in methodically-made and often humorous work.
Brixton-based musician and artist, Gaika, will be exhibiting a month-long sound system culture installation in collaboration with Boiler Room, which will open on 1-26 August at Somerset House.
Dionne Warwick’s charisma and elegance was at the forefront of photographer Louise Reinke’s mind when she shot her series Walk on By for Under Pressure magazine. The German artist first got interested in photography at the age of 13 when her father entrusted her with a camera, sparking a life-long fascination with the craft. “It was during my university studies that I understood a picture’s potential to depict a convincing version of reality in a stylised way,” Louise tells It’s Nice That. “University was also where I met various fashion designers and got hooked on the art form.”