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Stan Douglas (born October 11, 1960) is an artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has exhibited internationally, including Documenta IX, 1992, Documenta X, 1997, Documenta XI, 2002 and the Venice Biennale in 1990, 2001 and 2005. Douglas’ film and video installations, photography and work in television frequently touch on the history of literature, cinema and music, while examining the “failed utopia” of modernism and obsolete technologies. Art collector Friedrich Christian Flick, in the foreword to the Stan Douglas monograph, describes Douglas as “a critical analysis of our social reality. Samuel Beckett and Marcel Proust, E.T.A. Hoffmann and the Brothers Grimm, blues and free jazz, television and Hollywood, Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud haunt the uncanny montages of the Canadian artist.” Full Wikipedia Article

biography Stan Douglas, Let’s Entertain: Life’s Guilty Pleasures , 2000

Stan Douglas’ work often deals with the social and physical damage wrought by development and progress in the last half of the twentieth century. As one critic has written, through the tools of mass media–video, broadcast television, and photography–Douglas “slyly raises abstruse scholarly material to lyrical intensity.” At once seductive and deconstructive, his work flirts with the traces of sentiment and memory embedded in the contemporary urban landscape. For instance, in Win, Place, Show (1998), he takes viewers to the Vancouver neighborhood of his youth through the architectural plans for a housing project that was almost built there in the 1950s. Douglas links this social engineering initiative to the utopian, modernist ideals of Le Corbusier as perverted by the social realities of 1950s Canada. Let’s Entertain features the video work Monodramas (1991), a compilation of ten short vignettes produced for insertion between regular broadcast television programs. These pieces, often focusing on the mundane, were intended to confound, intrigue, and challenge the assumptions of the viewer. As much about social commentary as about political discourse, the work holds up a mirror to the viewer’s dysfunction. Douglas explores the intersections of memory, truth, and identity through the familiar vehicle of television, but in his hands the medium is not as familiar as previously assumed. Douglas’ work was featured in documenta X in 1997.

Stan Douglas biography from Let’s Entertain: Life’s Guilty Pleasures, Walker Art Center, 2000.