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John A. Douglas

Author 
Andrew Frost

John A. Douglas is an artist and musician who was born in Sydney in 1960. He holds B.A. Fine Arts [2002] and a Masters of Fine Arts by Research [2008] from the University of NSW College of Fine Arts, Sydney.

Douglas first became known in the late 70's while in the post punk band Seems Twice who recorded a 7inch album (perhaps the worlds shortest) on the infamous M squared label with tracks as short as 16 seconds. Douglas gained early notoriety in Sydney in the 1980s as the drummer for a number of post punk bands including the pioneering jazz punk trio Kill the King. He began his career as an exhibiting artist in 2003. Douglas’s work in video, performance, photography and installation has examined the depiction of masculinity and nationality within cinematic genres such horror, fantasy and science fiction. The video works comprising the Screen Test series [2000-08] found Douglas re-enacting key scenes from films such as Dr. Strangelove [1964], Wake in Fright and Walkabout, inserting himself into the roles of the key protagonists, such as Dr. Strangelove’s General Turgidson or Walkabout’s suicidal father. Recent work such as Strange Land Vol. 1 [2010] – made in collaboration with the artists Liam Benson and Sari TM Kivinen - continued Douglas’s interest in these themes but, instead of direct quotation of cinematic scenes, the work arose from collaborative performances in specific locations such as the abandoned mining town Glen Haven in rural NSW.

Douglas has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows since 2003. Group shows include Neo Gothic: Back In Black at the Queensland University Art Museum in 2008, Reality Check at Hazlehurst Regional Art Gallery, 2009, and Nothing is true, everything is permitted at Chalk Horse, Sydney, 2011. Solo shows include Strange Land Vol. I (De-fragmentation) at, Chalk Horse, Sydney and Strange Land Vol. I at Penrith Regional & Lewer's Bequest, Emu Plains, NSW, both 2010.

 

John A. Douglas is represented by Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney. 

Date 
b. 1960
Birth place
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Period of activity 
from 2003

Lives and works

Australia
Related organisations
Selected works
Selected events
– from Case Hystory # 2, via d/Archive 
See video
– from Strange Land Vol 1, via YouTube 
John A Douglas, Body  Fluid - Peritoneal, C-Type photograph,  H 120cm W 60cm, Edition of 5, 2012
John A Douglas, Body Fluid - Peritoneal, C-Type photograph, H 120cm W 60cm, Edition of 5, 2012 – from Body Fluid 
Screen Test (Americana) 1, C-Type photograph on alluminium, 120cm 100cm, 2004
Screen Test (Americana) 1, C-Type photograph on alluminium, 120cm 100cm, 2004 – from Screen Test (Americana) 
Screen Test (Australiana) 4, C-type Photograph on Alluminium, 120cm x 100cm, 2005
Screen Test (Australiana) 4, C-type Photograph on Alluminium, 120cm x 100cm, 2005 – from Screen Test (Australiana) 
Illuminations (Neo Gothic remix) HD Divx video still, Commissioned for Government House Sydney, 2010
Illuminations (Neo Gothic remix) HD Divx video still, Commissioned for Government House Sydney, 2010 – from Illuminations (Neo Gothic remix) 
The War Room, Installation View, Blank Space Surry Hills,NSW, 2010
The War Room, Installation View, Blank Space Surry Hills,NSW, 2010 – from The War Room 
Screen Idol (Australiana) Wake Up and Puke, Acrylic lightbox material, glass , coins , timber, LCD screen, DVD video with sound, H 15cm W 70cm D 55cm, 2006
Screen Idol (Australiana) Wake Up and Puke, Acrylic lightbox material, glass , coins , timber, LCD screen, DVD video with sound, H 15cm W 70cm D 55cm, 2006 – from Screen Idol (Australiana) 
Screen Idol (Americana) Acrylic Lightbox material, found photo frames, C-type contact prints, LCD screen, DVD video, Dimensions variable, 2005
Screen Idol (Americana) Acrylic Lightbox material, found photo frames, C-type contact prints, LCD screen, DVD video, Dimensions variable, 2005 – from Screen Idol (Americana) 
Ask Noelene...Not the ogre, Pebblecrete, astro turf, polystyrene, PVC, HD 1080p video with sound, Dimensions variable, 2009
Ask Noelene...Not the ogre, Pebblecrete, astro turf, polystyrene, PVC, HD 1080p video with sound, Dimensions variable, 2009 – from Ask Noelene...Not the ogre