Widely known for his innovative fine art installations, Doug Aitken utilises a wide array of media and artistic approaches, his eye leading us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts. For Verlag für moderne Kunst and our partner Collectors Agenda did the amazing limited edition »Twilight (earth-core)«.
About the product
The work of U.S. artist Doug Aitken explores every medium from film and installations to architectural interventions. For more than two decades he has expanded perception with his work, dissolving boundaries, facilitating new connections and using art to communicate and bring about change.
At Doug Aitken’s monumental show at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main in 2015 his work »Twilight« (2015) occupied a key position. In the work »Twilight (earth-core)« Doug Aitken elevates the telephone column reminiscent of »Twilight« (2015) onto a block of earth.
The viewer is confronted with an object that at first glance appears familiar but upon closer inspection reveals a foreign nature. Captured outside the frenetic modern landscape, a cast public pay phone bathed in a luminous glow appears as a relic of a bygone era. Removed from its everyday function and placed atop a volume of earth it exists in a parallel time and space, perceptually suspended in time.
About Doug Aitken:
Widely known for his innovative fine art installations, Doug Aitken utilises a wide array of media and artistic approaches, his eye leading us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts. Aitken’s work effortlessly slips into our media-saturated cultural unconscious allowing the viewer to experience cinema in a unique way by deconstructing a connection between sound, moving images and the rhythms of our surroundings. Treating the world as his studio, he edits together frenetic and unique models of contemporary experience.
Aitken employs a number of post studio artistic mediums – photography, sculpture, architecture, sound installation, and multi channel video installation. In each of his artworks, Aitken chooses the medium or combination that amplifies and visually articulates the subject’s qualities. The scale of the work can vary from a simple photograph to a complex moving sculpture of infinitely reflective automated mirrors. Quasi-narrative films create intricate mazes of open-ended stories told across reinterpreted physical architecture.
Born in 1968, Doug Aitken currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Aitken has had numerous screenings, solo and group exhibitions around the world, and was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1999. In the summer of 2015 he presented »Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening« at the Barbican, London, a living exhibition with over a hundred free performances and residencies taking place over the course of thirty days. The artist’s film installations and sculptural works are currently on view at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt am Main, along with a site-specific sound installation.