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David Bunn

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Until the expected completion of its Frank Gehry-designed exhibition space in May 1989, the newly constituted Santa Monica Museum of Art has been exploiting the unfinished site (a former egg-processing plant) through a series of site-specific installations entitled “Previews: Art in the Raw.” Although the concept is hardly new, it clearly illustrates the current art institution’s sensitivity to post-Conceptual challenge, inviting artists to critique its mythifying role, all the better to circumscribe the resistance from within. The debut show—David Bunn’s ingenious Sphere of Influence—attempted to outflank the museum’s strategy by critiquing itself as an allegory of museological closure. Bunn has already forged a reputation as a deconstructor of imperialist schemas through a series of photographic and video works that can best be described as geographic abstractions. For Bunn, charting,

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