Tag Archives: Alex Prager

| Item | Rainwear Shoes in Red

Sometimes we burrow a little too deep in our studio work to realize when our things make it into the outside world, let alone are captured in time. We were beyond flattered to learn that the brilliantly autodidactic Alex Prager chose our red shoes for her short film, Despair. See other work here.

Alex Prager’s Face in the Crowd at M+B in Los Angeles opened on January 25.

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| Now | Face in the Crowd by Alex Prager

ALEX PRAGER

FACE IN THE CROWD January 25 – March 8, 2014

Opening Reception Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm

M+B is pleased to announce Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd, an exhibition featuring new largescale color photographs of elaborately-staged crowd scenes and a film by the same name that explore the notion of the individual within the masses, the boundary between public and private space and the psychological complexities of human interaction. This body of work was created specifically for Pragerʼs first major solo museum exhibition in the United States at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. that opened in November 2013. Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd will run at M+B from January 25 to March 8, 2014, with an opening reception on Saturday, January 25 from 6 to 8 pm. 

For ten years, Prager has staged imaginary scenes for her camera—dream worlds in Technicolor, rife with tension and melodramatic fictions. Deftly blending archetypes from post-war America, her images have re-enacted and burlesqued media portrayals of women, drawing from classic Hollywood movies, fashion advertising and icons of documentary photography. Face inthe Crowd expands on her tradition, but in her most ambitious and complex way to date. Blurring the line between fiction and reality, Prager directed the actions of hundreds of costumed actors on specially constructed sets creating congested public spaces including an airport terminal, a City

Hall lobby, a beach and the Sunset 5 movie theatre. Densely detailed and shot from seemingly impossible vantage points, the work enacts psychological narratives of private and public revelation, repulsion, fear, personal safety and the desire for basic human interaction. “Iʼm fascinated by the experience of being involved in other peopleʼs lives accidentally,” Prager said, noting that her work has been influenced by time spent in busy cities such as New York and London. “Crowds have always been an interest of mine. It may look like a sea of people, but there are so many interesting stories, all colliding silently.”

The stories of the various characters within these crowds culminate in a new film, featuring actress Elizabeth Banks. Together, the film and the photographs uphold a portrait of the individual within the complexity of the larger crowd. Prager’s focus on this dynamic can be traced to specific influences: silent films like Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times; photographers Martin Parr, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Gilden and Helen Levitt; the darkness and the humor from Roy Andersson’s film Songs from the Second Floor; and the well- known children’s books Where’s Waldo?

Throughout Face in the Crowd, each character maintains their own agency within their cinematic circumstances. In exploring the notion of identity and the performative aspects of public life, Prager has created a universe where the crowd that gathers is the true spectacle.

Alex Prager (b. 1979, Los Angeles) is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker who was inspired to take up photography after seeing the color images of William Eggleston. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions worldwide, most prominently in Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2013 (Washington, D.C.), Alex Prager: Mise-en-scène at SCAD Museum of Art in 2013 (Savannah, GA), Alex Prager: Compulsion at FOAM Museum in 2012 (Amsterdam) and the New Photography 2010 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Major awards include the Paul Huf FOAM Award in 2012, the London Photography Award in 2006, and Pragerʼs short film Touch of Evil, commissioned by The New York Times Magazine, garnered her a 2012 Emmy Award. Pragerʼs work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), San Francisco

Museum of Modern Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Kunsthaus Zurich, among others. Alex Prager lives and works in Los Angeles.

Location: M+B, 612 North Almont Drive, Los Angeles, California 90069

Show Title: Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd

Exhibition Dates: January 25 – March 8, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 25, 6 – 8pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm, and by appointment

For press inquiries, please contact Jessie Cohen: (415) 623-0150, jessie@jessieiscohen.com or

Jane Derryberry: 310-962-0418, studio@jessieiscohen.com

| 10 Things You Would Put in a Time Capsule | Alex Prager

Slow and Steady Wins the Race has always addressed the issue of time by proposing ideas that balance the timely with the timeless.
For our journal, we asked friends, family and other people we admire to share with us what they would put in a time capsule.

As we begin 2014, we are excited to have photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager as our first contributor of the year.

Alex Prager (b. 1979, Los Angeles) is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker who was inspired to take up photography after seeing the color images of William Eggleston.

M+B is pleased to announce Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd, an exhibition featuring new largescale color photographs of elaborately-staged crowd scenes and a film by the same name that explore the notion of the individual within the masses, the boundary between public and private space and the psychological complexities of human interaction. This body of work was created specifically for Pragerʼs first major solo museum exhibition in the United States at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. that opened in November 2013. Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd will run at M+B from January 25 to March 8, 2014, with an opening reception on Saturday, January 25 from 6 to 8 pm. Alex Prager lives and works in Los Angeles.

Here is what she would put in her time capsule.

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1. My sister Vanessa and my dog Jake.

2. Lucas papaw ointment, because I don’t wear lipstick.

3. My Ultraista record.

4. Avocados on toast, does this time capsule have temperature control?

5. Wellness formula, it’s the best if you think you’re coming down with a cold.

6. The vegan cookbook my mom is in the middle of making.

7. Chocolate chip cookies and almond croissants.

8. Spontaneous dance parties with my friends late at night.

9. This Dr Seuss poem for inspiration just in case it happens to be more of a 1984 type future “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” –Dr. Seuss

10. My Moscot sunglasses. my eyes need to stay protected in the future!

 

| Art | Alex Prager at M+B in Los Angeles

ALEX PRAGER

FACE IN THE CROWD

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January 25 – March 8, 2014

Opening Reception

Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm

M+B
612 North Almont Drive
Los Angeles, California 90069
T 310 550 0050
F 310 550 0605
info [at] mbart.com

M+B is pleased to announce Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd, an exhibition featuring new largescale color photographs of elaborately-staged crowd scenes and a film by the same name that explore the notion of the individual within the masses, the boundary between public and private space and the psychological complexities of human interaction. This body of work was created specifically for Pragerʼs first major solo museum exhibition in the United States at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. that opened in November 2013. Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd will run at M+B from January 25 to March 8, 2014, with an opening reception on Saturday, January 25 from 6 to 8 pm.

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For ten years, Prager has staged imaginary scenes for her camera—dream worlds in Technicolor, rife with tension and melodramatic fictions. Deftly blending archetypes from post-war America, her images have re-enacted and burlesqued media portrayals of women, drawing from classic Hollywood movies, fashion advertising and icons of documentary photography. Face in the Crowd expands on her tradition, but in her most ambitious and complex way to date. Blurring the line between fiction and reality, Prager directed the actions of hundreds of costumed actors on specially constructed sets creating congested public spaces including an airport terminal, a City Hall lobby, a beach and the Sunset 5 movie theatre. Densely detailed and shot from seemingly impossible vantage points, the work enacts psychological narratives of private and public revelation, repulsion, fear, personal safety and the desire for basic human interaction.

9483_680“Iʼm fascinated by the experience of being involved in other peopleʼs lives accidentally,” Prager said, noting that her work has been influenced by time spent in busy cities such as New York and London. “Crowds have always been an interest of mine. It may look like a sea of people, but there are so many interesting stories, all colliding silently.”

The stories of the various characters within these crowds culminate in a new film, featuring actress Elizabeth Banks. Together, the film and the photographs uphold a portrait of the individual within the complexity of the larger crowd. Prager’s focus on this dynamic can be traced to specific influences: silent films like Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times; photographers Martin Parr, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Gilden and Helen Levitt; the darkness and the humor from Roy Andersson’s film Songs from the Second Floor; and the well- known children’s books Where’s Waldo?

Throughout Face in the Crowd, each character maintains their own agency within their cinematic circumstances. In exploring the notion of identity and the performative aspects of public life, Prager has created a universe where the crowd that gathers is the true spectacle.

Alex Prager (b. 1979, Los Angeles) is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker who was inspired to take up photography after seeing the color images of William Eggleston. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions worldwide, most prominently in Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2013 (Washington, D.C.), Alex Prager: Mise-en-scène at SCAD Museum of Art in 2013 (Savannah, GA), Alex Prager: Compulsion at FOAM Museum in 2012 (Amsterdam) and the New Photography 2010 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Major awards include the Paul Huf FOAM Award in 2012, the London Photography Award in 2006, and Pragerʼs short film Touch of Evil, commissioned by The New York Times Magazine, garnered her a 2012 Emmy Award. Pragerʼs work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Kunsthaus Zurich, among others. Alex Prager lives and works in Los Angeles.