Doug Aitkin’s ‘Acid Modernism’
Architecture & Interiors
The term Acid Modernism implies a radical version of traditional modernism, but the most radical thing about the artist Doug Aitken’s Venice California house may be how ordinary it is. Having coined the term Acid Modernism to describe his home’s aesthetic, Aitken—who’s most famous for his large-scale photographic projections and text-based sculptures—has created a sanctuary with some singular touches, but, in the end, a surprisingly accessible brand of modernism. “The goal was to create a warm, organic modernism that’s also perceptual and hallucinatory. We thought that would be a wonderful environment to live in,” he says. And after looking at these photos, who could argue with the goal—or the enviable results?