Dough Aitken (1968 - Redondo Beach, California)
LED lit lightbox, hand silk-screened acrylic paint on layered epoxy
About The Work
Doug Aitken begins the process of creating his pictorial lightboxes with mounting a photographic transparency onto a LED light box in the shape of a word or symbol, ultimately fusing text and images into a single presence. In the case One, the word "one" illuminates it surroundings with both light from within and the brilliant colors of the delicate leaves pictured on the surface of three letters, energetically deconstructing the differences between the sign and signified and function and form.
“A piece of art should make you stop and think. I hope when people look at this work, they not only enjoy the beauty but also ponder what is the meaning of the word one? Does it even have a meaning? I’ll leave that to you to ponder.” –Kathryn Hall
Doug Aitken currently lives and works in Los Angeles and New York. Ranging from photography, sculpture, and architectural interventions, to films, sound, single and multi-channel video works, and installations, Aitken's body of work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world at such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.