dinsdag, november 28, 2017

Douglas Gordon #2

Scottish artist Douglas Gordon in his Berlin studio. (bron: Ruthie Abel Projects)

Douglas Gordon in his studio. (bron: artslant, foto: Jennifer Osborne)

"Gordon’s studio looks quite stark and has the appearance of a warehouse or a garage. I can’t see any traditional art supplies laying around – in fact, the space looks quite clean. The first thing that catches my attention is, of course, the taxidermy wolf that sits atop a piano behind Gordon in this photo (zie voor de foto de post van 16 januari 2017 (hk)). The piano may be part of a piece created in 2014 with pianist Helene Grimaud, in which Grimaud played the piano in a massive training hall while the space slowly filled with water. The wolf, however, has long been a fixture in Gordon’s studio. It’s a really interesting fixture – I think it would be great as an inspiration, or possibly as a somewhat unnerving motivator to keep working!

Gordon is somewhat known for his burned portraits, often of celebrities and famous artists. The below picture shows the artist burning what might be piano music. It seems like there’s definitely an element of risk in creating these works, although the floor of the studio seems well suited to this sort of art-making. I’m quite taken with the dark, somewhat aggressive atmosphere that Gordon’s studio cultivates. Like some of our own artists who experiment in film, Gordon has a flair for the dramatic. Perhaps the shelving in the back of the photo is full of chopped up film, or additional portraits for burning."
(bron: artistrunwebsite)

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