Double-Cross: The Hollywood Films of Douglas Gordon (2003)

Double-Cross: The Hollywood Films of Douglas Gordon, Toronto: The Power Plant and Art Gallery of York University, 2003.

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Mimicking the artist’ s procedures, the book was written as noir and designed as a mirror. Through the chiasm of its middle chapter, "Criss-Cross," the book mirrors itself. The second half of the book, though, is a dissembling mirror, which reveals as well that the first half was a lie. The fold was implicative. Reversibility contaminates: a virtual trap reflecting the noir predicament of Gordon’s source films’ protagonists.

 
Design: Bryan Gee

Design: Bryan Gee

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Douglas Gordon,  24 Hour Psycho, 1993  (installation The Power Plant 2000); photo: Cheryl O’Brien

Douglas Gordon, 24 Hour Psycho, 1993 (installation The Power Plant 2000); photo: Cheryl O’Brien

Douglas Gordon,  through a looking glass,1999  (installation The Power Plant 2000); photo: Cheryl O’Brien

Douglas Gordon, through a looking glass,1999 (installation The Power Plant 2000); photo: Cheryl O’Brien

Douglas Gordon,  Feature Film , 1999 (installation The Power Plant 2000); photo: Cheryl O’Brien

Douglas Gordon, Feature Film, 1999 (installation The Power Plant 2000); photo: Cheryl O’Brien