An artist's video appreciation of the Burden installation, which simultaneously makes a subversive statement and provides maximum fun
I don't usually consider myself an obsessive individual, but when it comes to art, I have found myself occasionally a devotee. This is the case with Chris Burden's newish installation at LACMA in Los Angeles. Rather than verbalize my fascination, I simply recorded it, and then celebrated it in my own 'art video'. Well, I didn't just record it once. I shot on three separate occasions until I felt I had captured the essence of Metropolis II. In fact, I could continue to shoot, find new angles and new approaches to what is, in my opinion, a masterpiece. This is a work that is at once playful and deadly serious. Burden lures us in with...
An intimate video discussion with his friend and biographer, Barry Miles
Miles reveals a very different Burroughs than one would expect. What is commonly known about Burroughs is his wild, discursive writing style and the sensational homicide of his wife; what Miles brings to light is that while this event became a dark and visceral shadow for Burroughs, it also became an animating force, one which fueled his later writing career.
That’s what I overheard a hefty dame exclaim as I left the scene of the massive artwork known as Levitated Mass, by artist Michael Heizer. Why do I prefer her title? Oh well, perhaps it doesn’t really do it justice.
By now thousands of people have stared at this hulk and wondered, why is this Art? And that's a great thing. Because that's what Art is supposed to do - make you question it, and everything else too. At any rate, they all use the rock as a massive photo opp. How many museum goes does it take to hold up a huge, f'in rock?