2017.10.06    -    EPISODE #3

Doug Aitken

Los Angeles | Artist

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Doug Aitken, contemporary artist, is the protagonist of the third chapter of the #HouseOfMolteni project, set in Los Angeles, presented through an exclusive interview to the photographer Olivier Zahm.

2017
06.10

EPISODE #3

Doug Aitken

Los Angeles | Artist

Doug Aitken, contemporary artist, is the protagonist of the third chapter of the #HouseOfMolteni project, set in Los Angeles, presented through an exclusive interview to the photographer Olivier Zahm.

Who is Doug?

Who is Doug?

California-based multimedia artist Doug Aitken is creating immersive installations which are blending different forms and disciplines: architecture, installation, performance-art, but also photography, advertising and video.

Doug Aitken is certainly one of the most important young American artists who is able to transform art into a multi-media experience which speak to everyone but also push the limits of art itself.

Which are your Doug's favourite pieces?

In a recent show in Denmark, called "The Garden", he invited the public to destroy household items in the middle of a tropical garden. Each visitors were invited to stay ten minutes in "The Garden", with a bat and protective suit, in a bulletproof glass chamber surrounded by a beautiful green jungle.
Visitors were free to do what they want and smash the tables, chairs and lights to pieces. The spectators were an active part of this installation while the process was recorded and live streamed for those watching from their screen on the artist's website.

With "Mirage" in Palm Spring, Doug Aitken encouraged the visitor to enter a house entirely made of mirrors, to reflect California's Desert beauty and solitude, as well as contemporary narcissism. It was "like a human-scale kaleidoscope" said Doug Aitken.

Doug Aitken, Jungle, 2017. Sequenced flashing neon, wooden frame, electronic control hardware | 96 x 68 x 8 inches (243.8 x 172.7 x 12.7 cm) | Edition of 4, with 2 AP, DA 582. Courtesy of the Artist, 303 Gallery, New York; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Doug Aitken, Still Life, 2017. Aluminum lightbox, LED lights, chromogenic transparency, acrylic | 59 3/4 x 108 x 5 inches (151.8 x 274.3 x 12.7 cm) | Edition of 4, with 2 AP | DA 563. Courtesy of the Artist, 303 Gallery, New York; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

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Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken is a contemporary American artist known for installations incorporating video, photography, sculpture, and performance. He creates moving works intended to take the viewer unaware, eliciting responses that are unexpected and profound.

Born in 1968 in Redondo Beach, CA, Aitken went on to study at the Art Center College of Design and moved to New York in 1994. His work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others.

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