Doug Aitken at Geffen MOCA

This exhaustive exhibition of Doug Aitken’s multichannel, audio, video, and sculptural works is a spectacular presentation of his unique immersive approach.

Visitors are greeted into the exhibition by a large circular partition titled Song 1, originally created to be projected on to the rounded facade of Washington DC’s Hirschhorn Museum. The soundtrack is the 1930s song by The Flamingos ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ and visually is a series of cinematic moments of people singing the song in different contexts.  Dreamy, smooth, floating, warm radiant light carries you through the different rooms and experiences of the exhibition.

Themes of solitude, loneliness, Americana of neon signs and open roads, and the human experience of navigating these urban environments, and you find yourself humming ‘I only have eyes for you’ for weeks and weeks on end.

 

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