Exhibition 7 November 2014 – 15 February 2015
Stan Douglas came to international prominence in the mid-1990s when his film installation Der Sandmann was one of the highlights of Documenta X in 1997. Born in 1960, Vancouver, Canada, Douglas is known for films, photographs and installations which use new and outdated technologies, the tropes of cinema, TV and photography, the conventions of various Hollywood genres, and classic literary texts to examine the intersection of history and memory in evocative, mesmerising artworks.
We were delighted to bring Der Sandmann to Scotland, in an exhibition that presented a selection of Douglas’s films and photographs, ranging from Der Sandmann to the just-completed The Second Hotel Vancouver, exhibited here for the first time.
The exhibition included the video installation Vidéo, a reimagining of both Orson Welles’s film The Trial (itself based on Kafka’s novel of the same name) and Beckett’s film Film; photographs from Midcentury Studio, a recent series of photographs taken by Douglas posing as a fictional North American post-war press photographer; Corrupt Files, a sequence of large, beautiful, abstract images; and Hogan’s Alley a companion piece toThe Second Hotel Vancouver.
Together, these works provide both a rich introduction to and a reminder of practice of Stan Douglas whose investigations into mistaken identity and unstable memory, reconstruction, reinvention and the long shadows the past cast into the present, make him one of the most interesting and important artists of our time.
Talks and Events
Artist’s Talk: Stan Douglas
Artist Stan Douglas was in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery.
Panel Discussion: Projections, Constructions, Corruptions: The Work of Stan Douglas
Dr Maeve Connolly (IADT, Dublin), Professor Simon Kirby (University of Edinburgh) and Isla Leaver-Yap (LUX Scotland/Walker Art Center, Minneapolis) explore different aspects of Stan Douglas’s practice, from the ways in which he uses analogue and digital technologies, to his complex staging of ‘historical fictions’. Chaired by Dr Sarah Cook (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee).
Talk: Simultaneity: History in the Present
Professor Mieke Bal (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis) considers some of the artistic strategies that Stan Douglas deploys – from ‘making time thick’, to putting the image in movement, and bringing the past to life.
This poster was designed by The Fruitmarket Gallery to support the Stan Douglas exhibition which ran from 7 November 2014 – 15 February 2015.
Fruitmarket Gallery Publication
This book has been published on the occasion of an exhibition of Stan Douglas’s work at The Fruitmarket Gallery and of Helen Lawrence, Douglas’s innovative play/film which was performed for the first time in the UK at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2014.