I FORGIVE YOU
Object: SIZE: 12 – 18 month baby suit in 100% cotton
Through his work in video, photography, sculpture, and text, Douglas Gordon explores dualities: temptation and fear, life and death, good and evil, and innocence and guilt. His edition for Third Drawer Down and the New Museum is no exception, combining the simple space of an infant’s black cotton bodysuit with the contemplative and ambiguous texts “I forgive you”. The statement conveys an ambivalent preference for both wisdom and ignorance, an age-old debate described in the biblical dichotomy between Eden and knowledge. However, in this case the text is superimposed onto baby’s psyche, projecting the essence of adult indecisiveness onto a person just starting the process towards understanding. Both humorous and unsettling, Gordon’s simple texts provoke a deeper consideration of infancy, no doubt inspired by his own devotion to fatherhood.
Douglas Gordon Biography Douglas Gordon was born in 1966 in Glasgow, Scotland. He lives and works in Berlin. After receiving a B.A. from the Glasgow School of Art in 1988, Gordon attended a graduate program at the Slade School of Art in London from 1988 to 1990. Gordon has his first solo show 1986, and since then has exhibited extensively at venues that have included the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Centro Cultural de Belém in Portugal; and the DIA Center for the Arts, New York. A 2001 retrospective organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, traveled to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.. In 2004 he was included in Point of View: A Contemporary Anthology of the Moving Image, organized by the New Museum, New York, which traveled to Miami Art Central; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York. In 2006, his work was the subject of exhibitions appearing at the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery, Edinburgh; and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Trento, Italy. Gordon was the 1996 recipient of Britain’s Turner Prize; in 1997 he was awarded Premio 2000 at the Venice Biennial, and in 1998 he was presented with the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.