dinsdag, juni 22

The 25-year-old artist Vanessa Prager traffics in empty space. Her latest solo show, “Love You Too,” which opened last week at the boutique/gallery Em & Co on West 3rd Street, features more than 30 Bic Cristal ballpoint pen drawings on yellowed music sheets. More impressive than the hundreds of tiny lines and crosshatches that litter each page are the crude circles of untouched white space placed at strategic focal points within each drawing. The pictures are created in assured strokes of blue and red. The subject matter is simple: women, cats, television screens, horses. The more straightforward the object in the drawing the better a vessel it is to convey Prager’s patented sense of pensive apprehension.