Toronto. Congratulations to Artist Stan Douglas of Vancouver, winner of the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation award in 2016.
My thanks to PHSC Journal editor Bob Lansdale for bringing this story to my attention. I chose Douglas’s1999 Michigan Theatre photograph (click icon at left) to illustrate this post.
The following excerpt is from his biography:
“Stan Douglas was born in 1960 in Vancouver, where he currently lives and works. He attended the Emily Carr College of Art + Design from 1979 to 1982. From 1982 to 1983, he made installations with projected slides, which he presented in movie theatres. In 1989 his first series of short works for television, the twelve Television Spots (1988), were broadcast in Saskatoon and Ottawa amid regular programming, as if they were commercials. Unidentified, the short scenes depicting open-ended, banal activities baffled viewers. In 1992 Douglas’s Monodramas (1991), were broadcast on Toronto and Vancouver television to similar effect. That same year, the artist edited and designed the book Vancouver Anthology: The Institutional Politics of Art (1991). In 1992, as the guest of the Centre Georges Pompidou, he created Hors-champs, which looks at the free jazz developed by African American expatriates in Paris in the 1960s. In 1997–98, he worked on a series of photographs, Detroit Photos, that document the devastated American city and its auto industry. A related film installation, Le Detroit, was completed in 1999. Through the Detroit projects, he pursued an interest in the interrelationships between people and urban spaces in North America.