Doug Aitken

1968 · United States

Artist biography

Doug Aitken is an American artist, known for defying the traditional logic of belonging to any style or genre. Aitken’s work is an unlimited exploration of every type of medium from architecture to installations, photography and films. Aitken was born in 1968 in Redondo Beach, California. initially studied magazine illustration with Philip Hays at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena before graduating in Fine Arts in 1991. In 1994, Doug Aitken moved to New York where he had his first solo exhibition at 303 Gallery. By the use of technology Doug Aitken contribute to enlarge the scope of art through creating complex works that reference him as a forefront artist of the 21th century. Aitken’s approach leads into a world where space, time and emotions are open concepts that are combined to create new artistic horizons. In this end, Doug Aitken aims to evoke reactions and personal reflections to the viewer. The variations of Aitken’ work vary from simple photography to complex moving installations such as the Sleepwalkers exhibition in 2007 at the Museum of Modern Art that covered and transformed the exteriors museum walls with giant projections. In 2016, Doug Aitken started his most ambitious project, a trio of Underwater Pavilions tethered to the seabed off the coast of Catalina Island, California. This installations was followed by Mirage in 2017 a sculpture covered in mirrors and installed in different places. From the beginning of his career, Doug Aitken’s artistic pieces have been featured in several group and solo exhibitions in world renowned art museums and institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art of New-York, the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, the Serpentine Gallery in London and Copenhagen Contemporary among others. Aitken has received numerous awards such as the International Prize at the Venice Biennale that recompensed his installation; Electric earth in 1999 and the Americans for the Arts National Arts Award: Outstanding Contributions to the Artin 2016. In 2017 Aitken became the inaugural awarded of the Frontier Art Prize, a new contemporary art award that supports artists to pursue project that reimage the future of humanity.

Doug Aitken

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