DOUG AITKEN: NEW ERA AT THE MCA
The New Era: Doug Aitken exhibition that previewed today at the MCA is quietly smashing. From the thought provoking 100 YRS (2014) Years right though to the mirrored sound installation New Era (2018) it is all about reflection. As MCA Director Liz Ann Macgregor introduced it, and also poignantly said goodbye, it felt like a fitting end to her epic tenure here. It was also the last exhibition for MCA Curator Rachel Kent, who has known Aitken for the past 20 years and been key to making this brilliance happen here. Aitken’s work is absorbing, randomly observational, grand, detailed and emotional. Martin Cooper (now in his nineties - above) is captured in New Era (2018) talking about making the first ever cellular phone call and in (migration) (empire) (2008) deer roam in the motel room… Communication, tech and the plip-plopping crescendo of water from Sonic Fountain II (2013/2015) is everything. Enjoy being immersed in the work of this world class artist.