June 20, 2013 |
Contemporary art is going on tour, coming to a city near you. Proving that fashion and art remain the coziest of bedfellows, the Levi's brand is partnering with multimedia artist Doug Aitken on “Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening,” a new public art project kicking off in New York City on Sept. 6 that will raise funds through ticket sales and donations to support museums around the country. Aitken is designing a train (and cool-looking kinetic sculpture, see rendering above)
June 19, 2013 |
He is best known as a video artist, but Doug Aitken has a thing for "happenings. " He brought street musicians and famous singers together for a "pop rally" at New York's Museum of Modern Art. He turned a barge in Greece into a floating theater for videos and live performance. He planted undercover percussionists in a Seattle crowd as a way to bring a city block to life. Now Aitken plans to take the idea on the road, sending a group of artists and musicians on an Amtrak train from New York to California, with 10 stops for art and performances - including in L.A. - along the way. He calls the project, planned for September, "Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening.
September 11, 2009 |
Discussing the genesis of his recent project, "Migration," which has its West Coast debut at Regen Projects this month, Doug Aitken tells the story of a conversation he had in Las Vegas with funk musician George Clinton. "He was staying at a Days Inn," Aitken recounts, "but he was playing at some really fancy casino. So I said to him, 'Why aren't you staying at the casino? I'm sure they would have given you a penthouse or something.' And he said" -- here Aitken slips into a low, world-weary, rock star voice -- " 'Yeah, you know, I've been on the road since, like, 1968 and I've been staying at the Days Inn since 1968, and all I want to do is fall asleep and wake up in the exact same place.
September 19, 2010 |
At the first Salon by the Shore to benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art, museum director Jeffrey Deitch introduced internationally recognized artist Doug Aitken and offered some explanations for L.A.'s ability to create so many great artists. Among other considerations, he named the landscape, climate and intellectual foundation of the city. "We're so lucky to have all this," said event co-chairwoman Lilly Tartikoff Karatz. "At one end of the city we have a great contemporary art museum and then, at the other end, we have the Pacific Ocean.
March 25, 2006 |
Artist Doug Aitken is doing everything he can to liberate the 21st century message of his new book from the relatively staid confines of a Gutenberg-era medium. "Broken Screen" -- subtitled "26 Conversations With Doug Aitken: Expanding the Image, Breaking the Narrative" -- is, after all, a group portrait of unruly creative mavericks disinterested in traditional narrative forms.
April 16, 2006 |
DOUG AITKEN is pretty far removed from the stereotype of the artist, with its tropes of unrecognized genius, unheated garrets and the occasional missing ear. For more than a decade, in museums, galleries and festivals around the globe, the Los Angeles-based Aitken has exhibited complex, multiscreen video environments that are impossible to take in as a unitary whole.