previews

  • Vidéo, 2007, still from a high-definition color video with sound, 18 minutes.

    Stan Douglas

    Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
    Konrad-Adenauer-Strasse 30-32
    September 15 - January 6

    The title of Stan Douglas’s first major survey, “Past Imperfect,” hints at the primary subject of the artist’s twenty-odd-year career: the intertwining of mechanical time and all-too-human memory. In major duration-based works—such as Subject to a Film: Marnie (1989), Suspiria (2003), and Klatsassin (2006), which allude to films by Alfred Hitchcock, Dario Argento, and Akira Kurosawa, respectively—the Vancouver-based artist trained his lens on cinema’s rich history while simultaneously pioneering new modes of temporal presentation, from concise loops to increasingly complex, recombinant digital structures. In keeping with the latter, the two-venue exhibition, curated by Hans D. Christ and Iris Dressler, will present fourteen of Douglas’s film and video installations in a nonlinear fashion, offering viewers a labyrinthine display of forking paths rather than the usual stroll down memory lane.

    This exhibition will also be on view at the Württembergischer Kunstverein.