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Douglas Gordon

Play Dead; Real Time

February 22–March 29, 2003
555 West 24th Street, New York

Installation view Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Installation view

Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Works Exhibited

Douglas Gordon, Play Dead; Real Time (Other Way), 2003 (video still) DVD on monitor, dimensions variable, edition of 7

Douglas Gordon, Play Dead; Real Time (Other Way), 2003 (video still)

DVD on monitor, dimensions variable, edition of 7

Douglas Gordon, Play Dead; Real Time (Other Way), 2003 (video still) DVD on monitor, Dimensions variable, edition of 7

Douglas Gordon, Play Dead; Real Time (Other Way), 2003 (video still)

DVD on monitor, Dimensions variable, edition of 7

About

My work is more about researching, about memory, about stories that happened, films I saw. . . . I’m interested in finding out what happens when you look at something so long, it disappears. You look at a picture, you start looking through the picture and you get to the other side—and then you go back to the front view.
—Douglas Gordon

Gagosian is pleased to present Douglas Gordon: Play Dead; Real Time, an exhibition consisting of three new large-scale video projection works.

The subject of these monumental works is a giant Indian elephant—a classic symbol of memory, which here also functions as a trope for our own remembrances of circuses, zoos, nature documentaries, and all the various situations where the chaotic power of the wild is held safely at a distance and controlled. As the title suggests, the elephant appears to conform to commands and lie on its side before attempting to return to its feet. The impossibility of the idea and the incapability to occupy both states simultaneously are reminiscent of the artist’s continuing investigations of the polarities between control and free will, life and death.