Artist Doug Aitken has excavated a giant hole in the middle of New York's 303 Gallery to create a work titled 'Sonic Fountain', 2013. Filled with milky water, the piece is accompanied by sounds and water dripping from above
'Party', 2013, is fashioned from an LED-lit lightbox
'100 YRS' by Doug Aitken, 2013, is another LED-lit lightbox work
Installation view, showing 'Sonic Fountain' and 'Sunset (black)'
'Sunset (black)', 2013, is made from hand-carved foam and epoxy, with LED lights and hand-silk-screened acrylic
'Fountain (earth fountain)', 2012, is built from Plexiglas, steel, a pumping system, soil, coloured methyl cellulose, and lava stones
'Sonic Table (Green Onyx Sound Table)', 2011-2013, features a wooden frame and a marble top
'Not Enough Time in the Day', 2013, comprises an LED-lit lightbox
'More (shattered pour)', 2013, is built from high density foam, wood and mirror
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Few artists would get the green light to excavate a crater out of a gallery's floor these days, but Doug Aitken is worth making an exception for. The showpiece of his latest exhibition '100 Yrs' at New York City's 303 Gallery is just that - a gaping hole in the middle of its minimalist exhibition space.
Filled with milky water, the work - titled 'Sonic Fountain' - is accompanied by an installation of sounds and water droplets from above. The controlled rhythm of the dripping water mimics the pattern of breathing to hypnotic effect.
Aitken has consistently kept the art world guessing with his simple, yet grandiose gestures. In this latest outing, the Los Angeles-based maverick proved that he doesn't need a museum building or a big city block to pack a punch. '100 Yrs' is made up of eight provocative works that are each distillations of the multimedia artist's arresting visual style.
These include a Plexiglas sculpture of the word 'Art', which repeatedly overflows with bubbling liquid earth, simply called 'Fountain (Earth Fountain)', and a ticking light box that highlights the blurred lines of its title 'Not Enough Time in the Day' with each flash.
Aitken's ability to delicately tread the line between moving and static works, as well as highbrow and popular culture, imbues each piece with an innate tension. Even in self-contained works like these, the effect is mesmerising.
2013 is shaping up to be the artist's biggest year yet. A new commission, 'Mirror' will soon be permanently installed on the façade of the Seattle Art Museum, while SFMOMA in San Francisco will stage a citywide installation of his Empire Trilogy in site-specific locations later this year.
'100 Yrs' runs from 1st February to 23rd March at
547 West 21st Street