Doug Aitken


January 23 - March 12, 2016

Peder Lund is pleased to announce an exhibition with the American artist Doug Aitken (1968- ). For more than two decades, Aitken has produced work that transgresses boundaries, and exhibitions that break with traditional exhibition formats. The artist places his work in the context of modern civilisation and poses topical existential questions. Recurring themes such as how the individual perceives collectivity and displacement, and the modern relationship to nature and geography, are explored through a broad range of artistic approaches, often using advanced technology. His photographs, films, installations, sculptures, light boxes and performances have been widely exhibited across the world, and he also produces happenings and book publications. His innovative, site-specific art installations that combine architecture, sound and multichannel videos have been commissioned by prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC.

Aitken explores modern technology’s coexistence with nature, and how it both isolates and engages the individual. Light (its motion and the patterns it creates) is often used as a visual tool. The artist’s first exhibition at Peder Lund features the sculpture twilight (2014), a cast public pay phone with a built-in motion-sensing LED system that reacts to the viewer’s proximity to the sculpture. Twilight is an enthralling, interactive encounter with a relic of a bygone era, marked by the atmosphere the title suggests: crepuscule, and that something is coming to an end.

Twilight, 2014

Doug Aitken