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Douglas Gordon

Neon Ark

November 23, 2022–January 14, 2023
Davies Street, London

Douglas Gordon, if when why what, 2022 Neon, 19 ¾ × 13 inches (50 × 33 cm)© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Douglas Gordon, if when why what, 2022

Neon, 19 ¾ × 13 inches (50 × 33 cm)
© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Douglas Gordon, i second that emotion, 2022 Neon, 26 ¾ × 22 ⅞ inches (68 × 58 cm)© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Douglas Gordon, i second that emotion, 2022

Neon, 26 ¾ × 22 ⅞ inches (68 × 58 cm)
© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Douglas Gordon, it’s so good it’s so good it’s so good it’s so good, 2022 Neon, 45 ¼ × 26 inches (115 × 66 cm)© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Douglas Gordon, it’s so good it’s so good it’s so good it’s so good, 2022

Neon, 45 ¼ × 26 inches (115 × 66 cm)
© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Douglas Gordon, kick out the chairs, 2022 Neon, 2 ⅞ × 35 ⅞ inches (7.3 × 91 cm)© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Douglas Gordon, kick out the chairs, 2022

Neon, 2 ⅞ × 35 ⅞ inches (7.3 × 91 cm)
© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Douglas Gordon, juvenile delinquent wrecks, 2022 Neon, 24 ½ × 47 ¼ inches (62 × 120 cm)© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Douglas Gordon, juvenile delinquent wrecks, 2022

Neon, 24 ½ × 47 ¼ inches (62 × 120 cm)
© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Douglas Gordon, i dOnt caRE I doNt carE, 2022 Neon, 100 × 40 inches (254 × 101.6 cm)© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Douglas Gordon, i dOnt caRE I doNt carE, 2022

Neon, 100 × 40 inches (254 × 101.6 cm)
© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Douglas Gordon, mighty REAL, 2022 Neon, 3 ⅛ × 17 ⅛ inches (8 × 43.5 cm)© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Douglas Gordon, mighty REAL, 2022

Neon, 3 ⅛ × 17 ⅛ inches (8 × 43.5 cm)
© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Artisans fabricating neon text works for Douglas Gordon: Neon Ark, London, 2022 Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Artisans fabricating neon text works for Douglas Gordon: Neon Ark, London, 2022

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

About

I’m interested in the fine line between my intentions and the perceptions of others; that moment when someone encounters something and realizes that there is more to it than meets the eye.
—Douglas Gordon

Gagosian is pleased to present Neon Ark, an exhibition of new neon works by Douglas Gordon that incorporates a live workshop in which artisans will fabricate works in situ that will then be installed in the gallery. During certain hours the space will be closed while activity in the workshop is visible through the street-facing window.

In his films, projections, installations, photographs, performances, and works in other mediums, Gordon investigates collective memory and our sense of psychological security through extreme distortions of time and space, often using his own work and that of other artists and filmmakers as raw material. He has made text-based works since the 1990s; most of these have taken the form of vinyl transfers applied to walls, but a few—the first being Empire, installed in 1998 in an alleyway outside a Glasgow pub—have employed neon light.

Neon Ark, Gordon’s first gallery exhibition devoted entirely to text works in neon, acknowledges the medium’s change in status from a common platform for commercial signage toward a rarified technology superseded by digital display. The on-site workshop highlights the spectacle of this elemental production process—incongruous in its Mayfair location—in which a flame is used to bend fine glass tubes before the air inside is evacuated (a process called “bombarding”) and noble gases, whose molecules emit light when activated by electric currents, are added.

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Rendering of Douglas Gordon’s if when why what (2018–22) on Piccadilly Lights, London

Public Installation

Douglas Gordon
if when why what

December 8–31, 2022, 8:22pm daily
Piccadilly Lights, London
circa.art

Beginning Thursday, December 8, Douglas Gordon will take over the Piccadilly Lights advertising screen in London’s Piccadilly Circus, as well as a global network of screens in cities including Berlin, Melbourne, Milan, New York, and Seoul, nightly for three minutes at 20:22 (8:22pm) local time throughout December, with his new film, if when why what (2018–22). The never-before-seen work examines the history of the surrounding area, in particular Soho’s relationship with the erotic entertainment industry, focusing on the neighborhood’s iconic neon signage. The project is presented by the Cultural Institute of Radical Contemporary Art (CIRCA) in conjunction with the exhibition Douglas Gordon: Neon Ark at Gagosian, Davies Street, London, and will also be viewable online on the CIRCA website.

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Rendering of Douglas Gordon’s if when why what (2018–22) on Piccadilly Lights, London