Chris Burden “Buddha’s Fingers” at Gagosian Gallery
Gagosian New York is pleased to present Buddha’s Fingers (2014-15), one of the late Chris Burden’s last works.
Beginning with a series of startling actions in the early 1970s, Chris Burden challenged his own mental and physical limitations, as well as the boundaries of art and performance. Shut inside a locker for five days (Five Day Locker, 1971); shot in the arm (Shoot, 1971); and nailed through the palms of his hands to the roof of a car (Trans-fixed, 1974), he sought to reflect the violence that defined American politics, society, and media at the time. Burden soon channeled the daring spirit of these early performances into imposing technical feats that similarly explored challenges both individual and social. He used toys (figurines, train sets, Erector parts) as the building blocks for expansive scale models of buildings, dystopic cities, and battlefields, while deploying actual vehicles (ships, trucks, and cars) in surreal and improbable ways.
OPENING RECEPTION: TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 6-8PM
January 19, 2016
February 20, 2016
10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Ave, New York, NY