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About the Work
For decades, science fiction films have kept moviegoers rapt, developing into a cultural phenomenon. Everyone knows the interstellar heroes and the evil villains with whom they are locked in a bitter battle. In science fiction films, the fate of the galaxy is often at stake, and we are enormously entertained. David Eger infuses elements of the genre into contexts where we are not used to seeing them.
In “Troopers Atop A Skyscraper” Eger recreates Charles Ebbets’ 1932 classic “Lunchtime Atop A Skyscraper”. Instead of construction workers, however, imperial troopers are taking a lunch break at dizzying heights, a moment of respite from the day’s endeavors. Trading stories, no doubt, of the emperor and rebellion.
“V-J Day in Times Square” by Alfred Eisenstaedt is an iconic photograph: a sailor kissing a nurse at Times Square to celebrate the end of the war. Eger gives this scene a playful and surprising lightness by setting two interstellar troopers in the starring roles. Is there finally peace in a galaxy far, far away?
Among science fiction aficionados, the cantina in Mos Eisley is a high point in film history. Eger fuses this beloved scene with Edward Hopper’s famous painting, "Nighthawks", recreating the cantina as a New York diner. In a fascinating way, he combines two genre classics into a new composition everyone can enjoy – a masterpiece fusion of instantly recognizable imagery.
Eger takes on an infinitely diverse range of images. In addition to classic art, he also tackles major moments in history for his action figure reimaginings. These include the moon landing, the legendary boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, and the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.
The impetus for his project was an assignment he had given to his students coupled with his own interest in science fiction films. He refers to himself as a very passionate science fiction fan. Eger's work was discovered and honored through a photography contest at the Visual Arts Mississauga gallery in Ontario, where the jury awarded his “Trooper vs Trooper” second place. The jurors were impressed by his attention to detail in recreating the boxing match between Ali and Liston, as well as Eger’s technically perfect execution.
In his models, Eger shows an incredible eye for detail. In his staging, he places enormous worth on authenticity, making an enormous effort to capture the atmosphere of the original while presenting it in a new light. He demonstrates great craftsmanship, using various materials to recreate entire film sets and historic scenes.