His video works have a start, middle and end however not always because order. And now, with a mid-career retrospective at Moca in Los Angeles, Aitken is going to locations hes never ever been for example, under the sea
I ts not that mixed-media artist Doug Aitken disdains museums, however he typically tries to subvert them by transcending their walls. In 2007 his video Sleepwalkers played in a loop on the exterior of New Yorks Museum of Modern Art, while a later piece, Song 1 , was predicted on the sides of Washington DCs Hirshhorn Museum.
But in his very first North American study, Doug Aitken: Electric Earth , at Mocas Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles, Song 1 a loop of numerous artists singing and lip-synching to I Only Have Eyes for You is predicted on a huge circular screen inside the spacious boundaries of the gallery. The 2012 piece, which includes Tilda Swinton and ex-punk rocker John Doe , anchors exactly what the 48-year-old Aitken calls a constellation of his profession up until now.
Meanwhile in a space in the north-east corner of the gallery, a storage facility repurposed by Frank Gehry , the artist has actually dug as a result of the cement flooring into the soil underneath the structure, the resulting hole surrounded by dirt and concrete and filled with milky water. From above, timed to a rhythm, drops fall, their sound enhanced by microphones. Its a brand-new setup, Sonic Fountain II.