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Artist of the moment…..Stan Douglas

Stan Douglas is a contemporary photographer born in Vancouver, British Columbia in the year 1960. Douglas works in many mediums including photography, film, and installations. Douglas has won prizes for his photography and video work. For his collegiate studies Douglas attended the Emily Carr University of Art and Design located in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A major theme for the artist is the modern world. What are expectations might have been years or decades ago, to what they are now.  Race is a sometimes a focus, as he is a black Canadian. I would call him the opposite of Kara Walker and her work with people of color.

 

Whereas Walker concentrates on feelings like sex and racism, Douglas tries to emphasize a feeling of isolation. He was one of few people of color in a mainly white Vancouver area. In this clip a great example of this as the artist films himself being mistaken for another person of color. Sometimes he felt invisible in his society, not the anger or rage that a Kara Walker personality might feel:

In this clip a brief interview the artist gives thanks for winning an award for best photography in 2013:

Three time participant in the Venice Biennale.

The artist lives and works out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Winner of a grant from the International Center of Photography.

In 2008 Douglas won the Bell award for best video artist.

In the late 1980s the artist made several short films less than one minute long that were shown on television in place of commercials. People couldn’t figure out what was going on and actually called the station to ask what was being offered for sale. This clip has many of these short segments:

Douglas enjoys taking a box office movie, then updating the interior and slowing it down. In many ways the artist has similar ideas to Andy Warhol. One video short had two films going at the same time. One the edited version, the other side showed what was cut out. This is a similar format to what many critics say was Warhol’s best movie, The Chelsea Girls. In this movie two films are shown side by side, with one in color and one in black and white.

Another idea Douglas uses that is similar to Warhol is his idea to stop time or at least slow it down.

price range information: Photographs range from $3,000 to $30,000.

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