Douglas Gordon & Philippe Parreno, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, 2006. Courtesy Studio lost but found, Berlin. Studio Philippe Parreno, Paris; Anna Lena Films, Paris.
Douglas Gordon: In My Shadow
07.09.19 - 16.02.20
The Scottish artist Douglas Gordon (b.1966) is among the major video artists to appear in recent times. The exhibition at ARoS is one of the most extensive presentation of Douglas Gordon’s works in Europe to date, shows a wide selection of the artist’s most important works.
Among the subjects Gordon addresses in his works is the relationship between light and dark. He often reuses film material created by others, zooming in on details in order to probe some of life’s issues – big and small. This he does, for example, by using simple recurring motifs or graduated scale. In his renowned work Through a Looking Glass from 1999, he has, for example, reused the iconic scene from Martin Scorsese’s film Taxi Driver (1976) in which the protagonist practices being tough in front of a mirror while repeating ‘are you talking to me?’
In the exhibition it will, for example, be possible to experience Gordon’s collaboration with the French artist Philippe Parreno (Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait) where we watch the footballer Zinédine Zidane in a match from 2005. Seventeen cameras shoot Zidane from all angles, focusing strictly on the man rather than the ball. In this way, the psychological mechanisms of the game are foregrounded, so that even hard-nosed renouncers of football will have to reconsider the merits of the game. The exhibition also shows new works such as the collaboration with the musician Rufus Wainwright where the latter, in large-scale close-ups and in super slow motion, flutters his eyelashes, heavily made-up with black mascara, at a camera shooting 1000 images per second.
Douglas Gordon was educated at the Glasgow School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1988 to 1990. He lives and works in Berlin, Glasgow, and Paris and has shown at major museums worldwide. Douglas Gordon has received a number of awards – among these the coveted Turner Prize in 1996.
Video installation with sound
Stage, screen, a black Steinway piano, a burned Steinway piano, one monitor
© Studio lost but found / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
Courtesy Studio lost but found and
Rufus Wainwright ‘ALL DAYS ARE NIGHTS: SONGS FOR LULU’
used courtesy of Decca Label Group
The exhibition is supported by: