Stan DouglasThe West Tower of McLean Park 1998

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Stan Douglas (born 1960)
The West Tower of McLean Park
Date 1998
MediumPhotograph, colour, Chromogenic print, on paper
Dimensionsimage: 447 x 559 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery and the Art Fund 2001
Not on display


This series of photographs was produced by Douglas to accompany the video installation Win, Place or Show (Tate T07700) and the triptych Untitled (Set for Win Place or Show: East View, West View, Overview) (Tate P78413). The series of photographs show the area of Vancouver known as Strathcona, where the video is set, although as it exists today rather than in 1968 when the action in the video purports to take place. This district forms the context for Douglas's video installation and is visible in the video installation as a rain-soaked cityscape that the characters view from their window in the apartment block. Paradoxically, at this moment the view is hardly distinguishable from any number of cityscapes. Stan Douglas was born in Vancouver in 1960 and this series of views of the city indicate his awareness of local contexts on which the impact of official histories and political programmes are evident… (read more)

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