About the Artist
Defying definitions of genre to reimagine the nature of what a work of art can be – and of what an art experience can achieve – Doug Aitken leads us into an arena where time, space and memory are bountifully fluid concepts.
His is a unique immersive aesthetic, characterised by a fascination with motion and velocity, that demonstrates the nature and structure of our media-saturated cultural condition. To this end, Aitken edits together frenetic and unique models of contemporary experience to create a new landscape, one in which he hopes we find points of anchor and experience a sense of connection. He employs a number of post studio artistic mediums – photography, sculpture, architecture, sound installation, and multichannel video installation. In each of his artworks, he chooses the medium or combination that amplifies and visually articulates the subject's qualities. The scale of his 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.
Doug Aitken: Mirage
Mirage (which was on display until 30 April 2017 as part of Desert X in the Coachella Valley) presents a continually changing encounter in which subject and object, inside and outside, are in constant flux. With every available surface clad in mirror, this ranch-style structure both absorbs and reflects the landscape around in such ways that the exterior seemingly disappears just as the interior draws the viewer into a never-ending kaleidoscope of light and reflection.
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