An exhibition of work by the internationally acclaimed, Turner-Prize winning artist Douglas Gordon takes place at Caithness Horizons in Thurso. The works on show – which include three video installations and one text piece – have been presented by Douglas Gordon to the ARTIST ROOMS collection, and are being shown for the first time since their acquisition.
Among the works on show in Caithness is Gordon’s elegant, iconic 1996 video installation A Divided Self I and II, in which two arms, apparently belonging to two people, one hairy and the other smooth, are seen wrestling with one another. In fact the arms belong to the same person - the artist - who evokes by the simplest means a powerful internal struggle, in which the hairy arm appears to represent evil and the smooth arm good.
The Caithness exhibition also features another of Douglas Gordon’s most memorable early video pieces, Film Noir (1995), as well as a more recent text piece I am the curator of my own misery (2010). All four works on show were donated by Gordon to ARTIST ROOMS in 2012, and are being shown as part of the collection for the first time.