Art Lesson: Doug Aitken

Although artist Doug Aitken’s work varies in medium from installation art to film and photography, we are most enamored with his visually arresting text sculptures. These enormous light boxes of iconic words, numbers, and dates are brightly illuminated with photographic images and allow the viewer to question the modern relationship between image and text. The juxtapositions his combinations of words and photography often convey, such as an image of a peaceful beach setting paired with the word “Riot,” become provocative statements on the nature of contemporary communication and its frequent disconnect.

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