“I wanted to work with the moving image, but I wasn’t happy with anything that I was thinking about. So I thought maybe one of the things I could do was to kidnap something from someone else,” says Scottish artist Douglas Gordon.
In the past, Gordon has found inspiration for his artworks in movie theatres, on the internet, and in crowded football stadiums. The Turner Prize-winning artist is well known for his video artworks in which he slows down, chops up and juxtaposes scenes from iconic films like Psyhco, Tax Driver and The Exorcist. And now he’s brought many of these and other works to Melbourne for a survey exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary.
Two decades since he first appropriated images of Hollywood celebrities in his early video installations, some of Gordon’s most recent works include collaborations with actors like James Franco and musician Rufus Wainwright. In Melbourne, he’s also showcasing his skill as a director and photographer.
“We’re constantly seeing a reinvention of Douglas Gordon and his work. He knew when to exit the kind of post modern appropriation strategy and start to deal much more with the subjective practice,” says Juliana Engberg, ACCA’s Artistic Director.
Engberg, who also recently curated Gordon’s artworks into the 2014 Biennale of Sydney, considers this exhibition a self portrait of sorts.
“I think probably that is one of the strengths of Douglas’ work. It is always more or less about the self and a subjective, an attempt to understand the self.”
ABC Arts’ Tim Stone caught with the artist in Melbourne to talk about his exhibition The Only Way Out is The Only Way, which Gordon says is dedicated to the wildly successfully British pop singer Sir Cliff Richard.
Douglas Gordon’s exhibition ‘The Only Way Out is The Only Way’ is showing at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art until 3 August, 2014.
First broadcast on The Mix, June 14 on ABC News24.
Producer: Tim Stone
Camera: Carlo Zeccola