David Bunn

David Bunn acquired the roughly seven million cards that made up the Los Angeles Central Library’s now-obsolete card catalogue in 1990. In 1993, he installed 9,506 of them in the library’s two new elevator shafts in such a way that they could be viewed through the passenger-car windows. Sometimes an artist’s source material turns out to be more compelling than his or her work, and knowing how many of those cards remained made me worry that for Bunn this problem might be right around the corner. But though a lesser artist might have turned into a one-trick pony engaged in an unengaging session of “And there’s more where that came from,” Bunn has proved that his windfall was a real opportunity. He’s now the master and connoisseur of a strange and special domain and has produced from it consistently thought-provoking Concrete(-esque) poetry, performances, readings, videos, and installations.

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