Single-Channel Catalyst III: Doug Aitken’s migration (empire)

Jun 9, 1pm - 5pm

Single-Channel Catalyst III: Doug Aitken’s migration (empire)  photo

In his video migration (empire), Los Angeles based artist Doug Aitken intermixes footage of U.S. industrial landscapes with unexpected scenes of indigenous wild animals confined in roadside motel rooms normally reserved for wayfaring people. Removed from their habitats but drawing on their natural instincts, these undomesticated animals interact alone or in like pairs with the room’s furnishings, spaces, and environs. Unsurprisingly, droll incidents occur. A horse watches a herd of wild horses running freely across the landscape on a television; a beaver enjoys a bathtub filled with water; an owl stares transfixed as the feathers of a pillow rain down upon it. Aitken links these assorted vignettes together by repeating particular imagery and motifs. More.

Organized by Elaine D. Gustafson, Curator of Collections.

The Single-Channel Catalyst series is supported by a generous gift from Nancy Rubins in honor of her late husband, Chris Burden.

Image: Doug Aitken, migration (empire), 2008, (detail) still; Courtesy of the Artist; 303 Gallery, New York; GalerieEva Presenhuber, Zürich; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

 

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