New York

Chris Burden

Ronald Feldman Gallery

There was much to read and listen to, and very little to look at, in Chris Burden’s show. Well, there was the car, which I will get to later. And there were drawings, pencilled plans for the car, matched only by the videotapes in sheer sloppiness and institutionalized informality. Burden seems to be playing at celebrity: he has “Bob” Irwin and Alexis Smith execute some of “his” drawings for him, thus establishing his status in the L.A. art world. We also learn that Smith is his new girlfriend. She giggles politely every time Chris tells a joke on the TV.

If this seems peripheral, the main attraction wasn’t any better. It was the go-cart, or B-car (like in B-movie?), or bicycle car. I have to be careful what I call it because Burden exhibits a newspaper article with all the “factual” errors circled in red, with corresponding corrections. As if he were very particular about what was said

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