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Central to Doug Aitken's "100 YRS" exhibition is a new "Sonic Fountain\," in which water drips from 5 rods suspended from th e ceiling\, falling into a concrete crater dug out of the gallery floor. Th e flow of water itself is controlled so as to create specific rhythmic patt erns that will morph\, collapse and overlap in shifting combinations of spe ed and volume\, lending the physical phenomenon the variable symphonic stru cture of song. The water itself appears milky white\, as if imbued and chem ically altered by its aural properties\, a basic substance turned supernatu ral. The amplified sound of droplets conjures the arrhythmia of breathing\, and along with the pool's primordial glow\, the fountain creates its own s onic system of tracking time.

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Behind a cavernous opening carved into the gallery's west wall is "Sunset (black)\," a sculptural work that resembles cast lava rock in texture and spells out the word SUNSET as it glows from behind\, its letters forming a relic of the entropy and displacement inhere nt in the literal idea of a sunset. Viewed from and obscured behind a hole in the wall\, the sculpture appears as cosmic debris\, as if pulled from a parallel world where a sunset is only an idea\, obfuscated by detritus of t he age of post-everything\, a reductionist standpoint between the modes of pop and minimalism\, its glow fading into the next realm. Also on view is t he mirrored sculpture "MORE (shattered pour)". Like a time-piece\, the work creates a kaleidoscope of reflections of all that surrounds it. As if it w ere a fragmented film\, "MORE (shattered pour)" creates a literal manifesta tion of the present and aspirational escapism\, which cannot be viewed with out glimpsing a piece of one's self within the work's reflections. Another refraction of time is glimpsed through "Fountain (Earth Fountain)"\, create d from plexiglas letters spelling the word "ART"\, through which a slurry o f moist dirt is pumped\, physical earth perpetually redoubling and standing in for itself. The word ART itself subverts the entropy of time\, creating a holding pattern that organic matter cannot escape from. The flickering l ightbox "not enough time in the day" completes the communicative supercurre nt of shimmering malaise\, its letters overlapping as if seen inebriated\, somehow both more profound and less understandable. The work creates a cycl e that is both hypnotic and inescapable.

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Doug Aitken lives and works in Los Angeles and and New York. In March 2013\, the Seattle Art Museum will i nstall "Mirror\," a monumental new commission made of LED's\, permanently i nstalled on the museum's facade\, while the Miami Art Museum will reopen it s new building with the outdoor large scale projection of "sleepwalkers (mi ami)." In addition\, SFMOMA in San Francisco is making plans for a large-sc ale citywide installation of Aitken's Empire Trilogy in site-specific locat ions. Aitken's work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibition s around the world\, in such institutions as the Serpentine Gallery in Lond on\, the Vienna Secession\, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He pa rticipated in the Whitney Biennial 1997 and 2000 and earned the Internation al Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999. Aitken's "Sleepwalkers" exhibition at MoMA in 2007 transformed an entire block of Manhattan into a cinematic experience as he covered the museum's exterior walls with projections. In 2 009\, his Sonic Pavilion opened to the public in the forested hills of Braz il at INHOTIM. Continuing his work in innovative outdoor projects\, Aitken presented his film and architecture installation "Frontier" on Rome's Isola Tiberina in 2009\, the multiform artwork "Black Mirror" on a uniquely desi gned barge floating off Athens and Hydra Island in 2011\, and "Song 1" proj ected onto the circular facade of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington\, DC i n 2012.

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DTEND:20130330 DTSTAMP:20140416T192756 DTSTART:20130201 GEO:40.7485947;-74.0041953 LOCATION:303 Gallery\,507 West 24th Street \nNew York\, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:100 YRS\, Doug Aitken UID:255299 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR