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Description - Stan Douglas by Scott Watson

Canadian artist Stan Douglas combines traditional cinematic techniques with new technologies to produce remarkable video installations. These visually complex works often look critically at the history of television, video and film, and can result in dramatic contemporary portraits as well as serene landscape imagery. From his early brief dramas for television, depicting uncanny, David Lynch-like suburban encounters, to his spectacular large-screen recent installation, "Der Sandmann", exploring childhood trauma and repressed memory, Douglas's work is layered with the artist's observations on social and racial alienation and psychic states. Featured in two documents and nominated for the Hugo Boss/ Guggenheim prize in 1997, Douglas has recently emerged as an international figure. Canadian curator and critic Scott Watson surveys the artist's work in relation to late-20th-century aesthetics, politics and psychoanalysis. Video installation artist Diana Thater discusses the artist's working process and themes in the interviews and Carol J. Clover, film theorist and mythology scholar, analyzes the installation of "Der Sandmann". The artist has chosen an essay by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, entitled "Humour, irony and the law", echoing Douglas' interest in images of power and powerlessness. Detailed project notes for his works and scripts and an essay on Samuel Beckett's teleplays are included in the artist's writings. The book is part of a series of studies of important artists of the late-20th century. Each title offers a comprehensive survey of the artist's work, providing analyses and multiple perspectives on contemporary art and its inspiration.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714837963
ISBN-10: 0714837962
Format: Paperback
(290mm x 250mm x 18mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Scott Watson

Scott Watson is Director of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He has written extensively on contemporary art for journals in Canada and Europe. In 1992, he curated and edited Stan Douglas' first major solo exhibition and catalogue, Monodramas and Loops. Diana Thater is an American artist who works in video installation. Her work has been the subject of major solo shows at the Walker Art Center, Kunsthalle Basel, and The Museum of Modern Art. She has also exhibited in the Whitney Biennial (1995 and 1997) and Skulptur Projecte in Munster (1997). Carol J. Clover is Professor of Rhetoric (Department of Film) and Scandinavian (Department of Medieval Studies) at the University of California, Berkeley. Her published studies on film include Men, Women and Chain Saws (1992).

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