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Stan Douglas

© ArtNet Worldwide 1997

david ebony's
new york top ten

Stan Douglas
at David Zwirner

Dec. 11, 1996-Jan. 25, 1997

Stan Douglas, the young Canadian artist whose recent photo works were on view at the Guggenheim Museum downtown, showed two of his early installation pieces in this entertaining and enlightening exhibition at David Zwirner. Film, slide and video projections seem to be all the rage lately (in a single afternoon SoHo gallery jaunt, I visited no less than five galleries in a two-block radius that offered such work); Douglas seems to have timed this exhibition perfectly to show New Yorkers how it's done. In the most powerful piece, titled Onomatopoeia, a series of black-and-white slides of old textile machinery are projected in a darkened room onto a screen above a player piano in the throes of a mechanized Beethoven sonata. This powerful work demonstrates why Douglas, with his eloquent and poetic approach to projection art, blows most other practitioners off the stage.