Artists & Designers

Doug Aitken (b. 1968)

Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken was born in Redondo Beach, California in 1968; his works range from photography, film, sound, and video, to sculpture and architectural interventions. As a director of music videos, and an illustrator and photographer for raygun magazine, Aitken works in both the commercial and art worlds, allowing each to inform and enrich the other. He attended Marymount College, Palos Verdes, CA (1986-87) and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA (1987-91). Aitken's works occupy a realm between pop culture and media art, employing a visual vocabulary that includes Hollywood films and advertising. His installations are often concerned with time, space, and memory, as well as geography and place. Aitken also works with recording artists, making videos for artists such as Iggy Pop and Fatboy Slim. Winner of a prestigious Golden Lion Award for his multi-part video installation Electric Earth (1999) at the 1999 Venice Biennale, Aitken had his first solo museum exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art (May 21-August 8, 1999).

Adapted from

  • Charles Wylie, "From Object to Image: Sculpture, Installation, Media," in Fast forward: contemporary collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, eds. María de Corral and John R. Lane (Dallas Museum of Art ; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007), 223-227.

  • DMA unpublished material.

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