Stan Douglas
Set for Win, Place or Show: East View, West View, Overview 1998

Artwork details

Stan Douglas born 1960
Set for Win, Place or Show: East View, West View, Overview
Date 1998
Medium 3 photographs, colour, on paper
Dimensions Image: 760 x 1015 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery and the Art Fund 2001
Not on display


This photographic triptych is directly related to Douglas's video installation Win, Place or Show (Tate T07700) and the group of photographs, Strathcona Series (Tate P78414-P78421), and can be displayed alongside these works. Douglas frequently produces photographs that relate to his video installations. These three images show the meticulously constructed set from different angles and the placement of the twelve cameras used to make the film. Like the film, the photographs expose the systematic construction of a single on-screen 'truth' from a multiple, fragmented reality. Douglas's sets are precise, but they are a hybrid, a virtual world that never existed in life beyond the camera.

Further Reading

Lynne Cooke, Sianne Ngai, Nancy Shaw and Neville Wakefield, Double Vision: Stan Douglas and Douglas Gordon, exhibition catalogue, Dia Center for Art, New York 2000
Diana Augaitis, George Wagner and William Wood, Stan Douglas, exhibition catalogue, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver and Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg 1999, reproduced pp.83, 102-105 in colour
Carol J Glover, Diana Thater and Scott Watson, Stan Douglas, London 1998

Tanya Barson
February 2001

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