New York

Victor Burgin

Christine Burgin Gallery

In Design and Crime (and Other Diatribes) (2002), Hal Foster argues that design has taken over every aspect of industrialized society. Yet Victor Burgin’s recent video, The Little House, 2005, points out that even in earlier eras design was linked to everything from natural urges and social constructs to sexual desire to the creation of narrative.

At Christine Burgin Gallery, a large box functioned as a small theater for viewing Burgin’s work, which is based on a panning shot of the interior and garden of a 1922 Rudolph Schindler house in Los Angeles. The images are accompanied by narration excerpted from a text by eighteenth-century writer Jean-François de Bastide (a recent translation of which was published as The Little House: An Architectural Seduction in 1996). Bastide’s La Petite Maison, which was conceived in collaboration with “architectural educator” Jacques-François Blondel,

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