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.
SIZE: 12 – 18 month baby suit (onesie) in 100% cotton