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2003 - Spotlight on Douglas Gordon

© Douglas Gordon, Croque Mort, 2000
 
Spotlight on Douglas Gordon
 
CROQUE MORT
 
Touring Exhibition
May 2003 to Mar 2005
 
Exhibitions from the 'Spotlight' series often focused on a group of works, however this show explored just one work, Croque Mort, 2000, by the Glasgow and New York-based artist, Douglas Gordon. Croque Mort comprises seven large colour photographs of a baby biting her toes. Taken in close-up and installed in a blood-red gallery, the series focuses on the image of a body biting itself. The sense of unease is emphasised by the title, which refers to an old French term for mortician, deriving from the practice of biting the toes of a corpse to check it was really dead.