Driven by Compulsion

3:56 am, Milwood Ave. and Eye #1  (Flood) (diptych), 2012

3:56 am, Milwood Ave. and Eye #1 (Flood) (diptych), 2012

This week, Alex Prager will debut new work from her series Compulsion along with a new short film, La Petite Mort, with accompanying film stills. True to it’s name, the exhibition will show in succession in three galleries worldwide. First to open on April 5th, is Yancey Richardson Gallery (NY), then April 7th opening at M+B Gallery (LA) and last but not least, April 12th at Michael Hoppen Contemporary (LDN).

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 series, Compulsion investigates the role of anonymous, yet distant spectators and the meaning derived from their multiple gazes. Taking cues from photographic and cinematic masters such as Weegee and Enrique Metinides, and films such as Metropolis and Un Chien Andalou, Prager creates a unique storyline for her characters by cropping, juxtaposing and removing them from their original context.

Born in 1979, Alex Prager is a self-taught photographer who lives in Los Angeles, California. Featured in MoMAʼs New Photography 2010, Pragerʼs work has been exhibited at institutions worldwide, including MoMA, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

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La Petite Mort Film Still #1, 2012

La Petite Mort Film Still #1, 2012

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