Stan Douglas’s Hogan’s Alley depicts the Park Lane neighborhood of his native Vancouver as it existed in 1948—a rowdy, ramshackle district that was notorious for its brothels, gambling dens, and drinking establishments. But this nighttime aerial view is not a photograph from 1948. It is, in fact, a digitally rendered reimagining of a place that no longer exists outside the artist’s computer. After extensive research into the period, Douglas constructed this scene with 3-D rendering software, deliberately evoking the era not only through its topography, but also through the conventions of 1940s film noir.


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Artist
Stan Douglas, Canadian, born 1960
Title
Hogan's Alley
Date
2014
Medium
Chromogenic print
Dimensions
Image: 59 × 119 in. (149.9 × 302.3 cm) Frame: 62 × 122 1/8 × 2 1/2 in. (157.5 × 310.2 × 6.4 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase, funded by "One Great Night in November, 2016"

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2016.218
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

The artist; [David Zwirner, Inc., New York]; purchased by MFAH, 2016.