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  • Provenance

    Michael Hoppen Gallery, London

  • Literature

    A. Prager, Compulsion, London: Michael Hoppen, 2012, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘Mother Nature has always been stronger than us. Good and Evil have always contended. And there has always been the compulsion to watch.’
    Alex Prager

    Citing the artful depiction of bloody crime scenes by Weegee and Enrique Metinides as inspiration, Alex Prager created highly saturated images of staged disasters – imbued with her signature blend of cinematic aesthetic and dark playfulness – for her series Compulsion. This body of work was first shown in 2012 in concurrent exhibitions in London, New York and Los Angeles to great acclaim.

  • Artist Biography

    Alex Prager

    American • 1979

    Influenced by pulp fiction and cinematic tropes, self-taught photographer and film-maker Alex Prager creates striking, sometimes unnerving images that are filled with a dynamic cast of characters. The hyperreal worlds she creates are packed with human melodrama, like the retro 'damsel in distress' character that regularly makes appearances in Prager's brightly colored and dramatically lit scenes.

    With influences ranging from David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, and Gregory Crewdson, Prager references the vivid aesthetics of mid-twentieth century American cinema and photography. Pairing photographs alongside her films as part of her practice, Prager presents an eerie, alternative world where more questions are asked than answered. 

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3:14 pm, Pacific Ocean

2012
Archival pigment print, flush-mounted.
Image/Sheet: 122.4 x 114.6 cm (48 1/4 x 45 1/8 in.)
Frame: 124.8 x 117.2 cm (49 1/8 x 46 1/8 in.)

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 9/9 in ink on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the frame. From an edition of 9 + 3 AP.

Estimate
£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £13,750

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Photographs

London Auction 2 November 2017