Chris Burden | the artist




The artist Chris Burden
Born 1946, Boston, USA.
Lives and works in Los Angeles USA.

Style and technique of the artist: Installation art, Performance Art, Printmakers, Sydney Biennale,

“I like the metal constructions of Meccano because they become a system in itself. Even though they are toys, they have a certain built-in logic structure that is very clear and satisfying to me.”


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Works in the MOMA collection
Chris Burdenís gallery-sized installation consists of 625 identical cardboard models that represent the entire United States submarine fleet dating from the late 1890s, when submarines entered the navyís arsenal, to the late 1980s…
2 Works online
WHAT MY DAD GAVE ME will be by far the most complex artwork that Chris Burden has ever made, comprised of approximately one million stainless steel parts that are replicas of Erector set pieces, the popular 20th-century children’s building toy. Over the past decade, the artist has been using these specially stamped stainless steel metal parts based precisely upon those of the original Erector set to create complex and elegant sculptures of bridges. Intricately engineered to support and bear enormous weight, Burden’s colossal toy constructions showcase the versatility, simplicity, and strength of their unassuming parts, combining technical sophistication with a child-like enthusiasm: building for building’s sake…
“I was locked in locker No. 5 for five consecutive days and did not leave the locker during this time. The locker measurements were two feet high, two feet wide, three feet deep. I stopped eating several days prior to entry, thereby eliminating the problem of solid waste. The locker directly above me contained five gallons of bottled water; the locker below me contained an empty five-gallon bottle.”


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