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State of Affairs

Chris Burden

22.09.2006 | 22.10.2006
Massimo De Carlo, Milano
From his constroversial performance works of the early 1970s to his complex installations and monumental sculptures, Chris Burden has been a point of reference of world contemporary art scene. Not only has the artist made a major contribution to the history of body-related performance art, but the artist’s fascination with systems of power, societal organisation, architectural structure and technological systems, have resulted in an extraordinary body of sculptural objects and environmental installations. The Rant, 2006 2 min. DVD An extreme close-up of my face is projected onto a wall, several times larger than life size. Assuming the persona of a ranting xenophobic preacher, I deliver a short, intense monologue. Beehive Bunker, 2006 Concrate, iron, wood The Beehive Bunker was conceived as an extremely low cost defensive structure to be occupied by one to three person. The structure is built using only manual labor and employs no cranes or other specialized tools or machinery. L.A.P.D. Uniforms, 1993 Wool, metal, leather, wood, plastic L.A.P.D. Uniforms is an edition of 30 oversized police uniforms, created in collaboration with the Fabric Workshop, in Philadelphia, during Chris Burden 1992-1993 residency. Viewed from a distance, the uniforms appear to be normal size, close up; they assume larger-than-life proportions. Gold Bullets, 2003 10 22 K gold bullets in 2 wood and plexiglass display cases

The Artist

Chris Burden
Boston, 1946. Lives and works in Topanga Canyon, CA.