Alex Prager

Alex Prager, La Petite Mort Film Still #4, 2012, archival pigment print, signed, dated, titled and numbered verso, 13 x 24 5/8 inches, edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs

Alex Prager, La Petite Mort Film Still #5, 2012, archival pigment print signed, dated, titled and numbered verso, 13 x 24-5/8 inches, edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs

Alex Prager, 3:32 pm, Coldwater Canyon and Eye #5 (Automobile Accident) (diptych) 2012, archival pigment print signed, dated, titled and numbered verso, 2 pieces: 48 x 19 4/5 inches and 20 x 23 inches, edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs

Alex Prager, 10:58 am, Bunker Hill and Eye #7 (Suicide) (diptych), 2012, archival pigment print signed, dated, titled and numbered verso, 2 pieces: 48 x 33-1/2 inches and 20 x 23 inches, edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs

Alex Prager, Despair Film Still #4, 2010, chromogenic print signed, dated and numbered verso, 16 x 20 inches, edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs

Alex Prager, Despair Film Still #1, 2010, chromogenic print signed, dated and numbered verso, 16 x 20 inches, edition of 5

Alex Prager, Wendy, 2009, chromogenic print signed, dated and numbered verso, 48 x 59.5 inches, edition of 3

Alex Prager, Barbara, 2009, chromogenic print, signed, dated and numbered verso, 48 x 63.5 inches, edition of 3

Alex Prager, Rachel and Friends, 2009, chromogenic print, signed, dated and numbered verso, 48 x 62 inches, edition of 3

Alex Prager, Susie and Friends, 2008, chromogenic print, signed, dated and numbered verso, 48 x 76.5 inches, edition of 3

Alex Prager, Eve, 2008, chromogenic print, signed, dated and numbered verso, 48 x 60 inches, edition of 3

Alex Prager, Jackie, 2007, chromogenic print, signed, dated and numbered verso 48 x 62.8 inches, edition of 5

Alex Prager’s exhibtion Compulsion is concurrently on view at M + B Gallery, Los Angeles, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York and Michael Hoppen Gallery, London.

MoMA curator Roxana Marcoci has described Prager’s work as “intentionally loaded,” saying “it reminds me of silent movies — there is something pregnant, about to happen, a mix of desire and angst.” Prager’s new work furthers her exploration of subversive narratives through the construction of “scenes” inspired by media tragedies and paired with emotive close-ups of eyes. The eyes, whether interpreted as belonging to the viewer or the subject, operate as a mode of investigation—an aid to decoding the scenes and implicating the viewer by provoking an emotional response.

Images and excerpt courtesy M + B Gallery, Los Angeles.

Visit the artist’s website at Alex Prager.com to view the films Despair and Sunday.

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