Cartier, Tokyo Showrooms, 2014
digital print on archival metallic paper, edition 1 of 3
38.1 x 54.6 cm (unframed)
66.0 x 76.2 cm (framed)
Courtesy of the Artist
Since the 1980s, Vikky Alexander’s practice, which includes photography, sculpture, installation, and collage, has examined cultures of desire and utopian ideals. Early in her career, Alexander initiated what turned out to be a long-term interest in the use of appropriated imagery from magazines and other popular media sources, which she uses to critique consumer culture. Her work assesses the fetishistic, bureaucratized, and aspirational, which results in a mixture of appropriated scenes of natural landscapes and typifications of beauty. The Tokyo Showrooms series is an example of the way in which Alexander photographs shop windows on various high streets in urban capitals to investigate constructed, commercially created fantasies.
Alexander has shown in venues such as Vancouver Art Gallery; Canada House, London; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the New Museum, New York; Seattle Art Museum; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, amongst others. Alexander’s work was featured as part of a year-long public art installation, Between Dreaming & Living, on the GreyChurch Billboard from 2021–2022. Her works can be found in numerous national and international collections. Alexander currently lives and works in Montréal.
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