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Review: Alex Prager at M+B Galery

Posted By Administration, Saturday, April 28, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 06, 2014


Exhibition Dates: April 7 - March 12, 2012

Exhibition of new works by Alex Prager will open at M+B in Los Angeles and simultaneously in New York and London. Images continue to ally with Prager's influences, including the gritty edge of Weegee and Enrique Metinides; saturation of color of William Eggleston; strangeness of Cindy Sherman among others. The particular vision is uniquely Prager. Color, vantage, curiosity all infuse the work with drama and offer a sense of expanding narrative. This work is different from previous series- our protagonist eludes us, remaining distant, anonymous.

The eye itself plays a major role, and the gaze becomes personified. Each frame is paired- a scene with a watching eye. It is unclear who's eye we see, spectator or victim. Our inability to resolve this heightens tension and makes us aware of the multiplicity of vantage, experience, history. The complexity of observation, the way that vantage becomes spectacle and "truth" evolves from a multiplicity of gazes all become components to Compulsion. Truth to image enters the dialogue with ease and continues the critique on viewers to believe what they see in a frame.

Beyond the watchful eye is the set itself. The area around Los Angeles also becomes character-like. It is "still the Wild West," Prager tells Leslie Camhi in an interview with Vogue, "people come hoping that a lot of things will happen in their lives. Most of the time, it doesn't, and that can breed a deep unhappiness, and lead people into dark places. But it never looks very dark, because the sun is always shining, and the birds are always chirping." Prager is not afraid to evoke mystery, to expose the dark underbelly of a place or even the reality of our own tragedy-hungry nature.

LA Times Review

For more information on the exhibition & artist's reception please visit M+B Gallery

Interview with Vogue.

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