PRINT May 1976

Chris Burden

CHRIS BURDEN LIES SILENTLY, INERTLY on a triangular platform built into a corner of the Ronald Feldman Gallery. The platform is just an open shelf, 10 feet above the floor. It does not enclose him, though it does shield him from view if he is lying down, since the top of the platform is above the spectator’s eye level. This is the space he must stay within in order to remain hidden. He is spending three solid weeks on this platform, cut off from all normal exercise, social activity, and food.

I enter the gallery and look up at the platform. It spans its corner diagonally and is painted white to blend with the walls. If I didn’t know Burden was supposed to be on top of it, I would think that it was simply a piece of Minimalist sculpture, perhaps done by Robert Irwin, one of Burden’s teachers. The assumption that he is there alters everything—but I don’t know for a fact that he really is

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