In the 1970s, Chris Burden produced a series of late-night television commercials that blurred the worlds of entertainment, advertising and conceptual art.
Appearing as idiosyncratic interruptions to the station’s regular programming, Burden’s sometimes shocking, sometimes dryly humorous advertisements reveal how easily notoriety and stature can be bought, manipulated, and subverted through popular media. Writes Burden: “During the early seventies I conceived a way to break the omnipotent stranglehold of the airwaves that broadcast television had. The solution was to simply purchase commercial advertising time and have the stations play my tapes along with their other commercials.” In this video, Burden shares the motivations and logistical complications behind his four historically significant ads: Through the Night Softly (1973), Poem for L.A. (1975), Chris Burden Promo (1976), Full Financial Disclosure (1977).
The best one has to be Chris Burden Promo
Stunned Man (Trilogy of Failure II), 2004
2-channel film installation, filmed on Super-16mm, converted to PAL SD and transferred onto DVD.
I saw this awesome mindbending installation years ago in Buenos Aires and never managed to find it online until now. I saw it in the background in the Guggenheim scene in Tom Tykwer’s dorky film The International.
An LAIY interview with Geoff McFetridge his Heath Ceramics collaboration, “On My Head Disappears When My Hands Are Thinking”.
The work with Heath is an extension of the work I have been doing as paintings and drawings for the past few years. I had a painting show at Half Gallery in NYC and at V1 in Copenhagen of graphic figurative work that was a distillation of a lot of ideas I have been working on for years. I was making logo like images out of photos of the people around me, mainly my wife. I wanted to create images that were iconic and relevatory on a graphic level, while still being rooted in something purely physical, emotional and personal. Like most of what I do, the work is using formal exploration in a way to create images that are somehow trascendental or impactful. So this work connects with a lot of my recent drawings and paintings, but it was also influenced by an encounter seeing a Roman coin at an art auction. It was from (as they said on the tag) “age of Christ” I was floored by it as an sculpted object. It was so warm, handmade and primitive. So the work in this show is my un-studied mental picture of that coin and the feeling that coin gave me.
Troy Park, After Afghanistan, 2012
Oil on linen, 180 x 140cm
Check out his show at NAS Gallery, Sydney until 13 April 2013. Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan is an Australian War Memorial travelling exhibition.
At first glance I thought that for sure this was a portrait of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the world record waterboard holder (at a wonderful 183). The fact that it’s called Troy Park suggests that it might not be though…
You can see a couple more at The Australian