(born October 11
) is an African-Canadian Installation artist
, British Columbia
Stan Douglas was born in 1960 in Vancouver, where he currently lives and works. Educated at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design
in Vancouver, Douglas has exhibited widely since his first solo show in 1981. Among numerous group exhibitions, Douglas was included in the 1995 Carnegie International
, the 1995 Whitney Biennial
, the 1997 SkulpturProjekte in Münster
and Documenta X
. From September 15, 2007 until January 6, 2008, the Württembergische Kunstverein
and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
is presenting a comprehensive exhibition of the works of Stan Douglas within a space covering 4,000 sq. metres. The exhibition encompasses fourteen video and film installations plus numerous photographs. He also won the 2008 Bell Award in Video Art.
Douglas' work reflects the technical and social aspects of mass media, and since the late 1980s has been largely influenced by the work of Samuel Beckett
. Also of concern is both modernism
as a theoretical concept and modernity
as it has affected North American urbanism since World War II.
Douglas' installation Win, Place or Show
is shot in the style of the late-1960s CBC
drama The Client
, noted for its gritty style, long takes
and lack of establishing shots
. Set in 1950s Vancouver in the Strathcona
redevelopment, the installation explores the modernist notion of urban renewal with the demolition of existing architecture in favour of grids of apartment blocks. Two men share a dormatory room on a rainy day off from their blue-collar jobs. The conversation flares up during a discussion of the day's horse races and the 6 minute filmed loop is repeated from different angles on a split screen, each cycle presenting ever-changing configurations of point-of-view. The takes are edited together in real time by a computer during the exhibition, generating an almost endless series of montages.