Doug Aitken on Art

Working with film, photography, installation, architecture, design and text, to name just a few of his approaches, and having collaborated with Tilda Swinton, Donald Sutherland, Cat Power, Werner Herzog, Ed Ruscha, Rem Koolhaus and Robert Altman, amongst many others, Doug Aitken is both an avid collaborator and incredibly prolific.

While his work comes in many forms there is a similar tone and register throughout that exudes a sense of displacement and a dreamlike aesthetic. He has exhibited in museums, institutes and at high profile events internationally, including the Venice Biennale, the Whitney, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Pompidou Centre, Paris, during his 30-year career.

Aitken’s recent work, a contribution of over sixty images to photographic art annual PA Magazine, is a beautiful set of photographs shot over a ten-year period, that locates the viewer in his hazy, warm, pastel-coloured vision of a city that seems something like L.A, but is in fact a composite of many cities worldwide. Shot on the fly, rarely (if ever) set up, the pictures engulf the viewer in a compelling yet evasive narrative that draws you in and leaves you desperately searching for more.

Check out Dazed Digital for the full blog post and an interview with the photographer: