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another unsent letter. then another. and another. and yet another. 2007

Douglas Gordon (born 1966, Glasgow, Scotland, UK)

another unsent letter. then another. and another. and yet another.
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Copyright: Copyright Douglas Gordon; Image courtesy of The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney

Douglas Gordon, born in Glasgow in 1966, has been at the forefront of developments in contemporary art for the past twenty years. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1996 and represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1997. In 2006 a major retrospective of his work was held at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh. Gordon creates works using narrative elements in a broad range of media encompassing film, photography, installation, text and sound. Through iconic works such as 24 Hour Psycho (1993), in which he slows down Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 film Psycho, Gordon explores themes relating to the human condition such as memory, time, temptation, fear, innocence and guilt. The text of the work uses a limited vocabulary in which there are no metaphors or references to people or places. Tensions are created through a subtle application of varying perspectives. Like other text pieces by the artist including No now (1998) and Meaning and Location (1990), another unsent letter. then another. and another. and yet another. employs an approach where multiple readings can be made of the work with references to both a past and a future.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Gagosian Gallery, London, 2008
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland 2007-2010 operated by the Scottish Arts Council.
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