Born in Glasgow in 1966, Douglas Gordon first came to prominence in the 1990s, winning the Turner Prize in 1996. He soon earned a reputation for making art from preexisting materials, most spectacularly classic films. Gordon's blatant creative “kidnapping” of movies is best shown in 24 Hour Psycho (1993), in which the effect of stretching the iconic Hitchcock thriller into a daylong and silent screening challenges our understanding of the original version and the psychic themes it probes. Interviews with the artist provide insight into the physical impact and rigor of his video, photographic, audio, and text-based works over the past decade, and six key works are examined in depth.
About the author
Katrina M. Brown is curator at Dundee Contemporary Arts.