Opening reception for the artist: Thursday, November 4th 6 – 8pm
Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Douglas Gordon's "Fog," 2002, an installation of two large-scale video projections. This is the first time the work has been shown in the United States.
In "Fog," the camera circles around a solitary, motionless figure who is surrounded by mist, which then dissipates. The images are seen on both sides of a transparent screen, with the projections playing out of sync, so that one becomes an echo of the other. The figure and his doppelganger intersect, become one, and separate, endlessly. The divided self has long preoccupied Gordon, whose work seeks to capture the outward, physical manifestation of the internal struggle between good and evil. Here, this duality is expressed through the shifting views of the double protagonist, who may be seen as a surrogate for the artist.
Gordon's work draws on a multiplicity of influences ranging from classical literature to Hollywood films. "Fog," which consists of original footage shot by the artist, gives dramatic visual form to the conflict embodied in James Hogg's nineteenth-century Scottish novel, "The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner." Inspired by the struggle and eventual demise of the novel's main character, Robert Wringhim, a righteous man who confronts his devilish other, "Fog" can be read as a visual score detailing the complexity of one's ever-changing psychological makeup.
Douglas Gordon is the recipient of the 1996 Turner Prize, the 1997 Venice Biennial's Premio 2000 award, and the 1998 Hugo Boss Prize given by the Guggenheim Museum. His work was the subject of a 2001 retrospective organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which traveled to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. In 2005, the artist's work will be exhibited at the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, and at the Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Trento, Italy. A 2006 retrospective will be on view at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. The artist lives and works in New York and Glasgow.