I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art [Wallpaper] // John Baldessari // vinyl // 2000/2015
At MOCA Grand in Downtown Los Angeles “Selections from the Permanent Collection” are on view. Artists such as Dan Flavin, Chris Burden, Gordon Matta-Clark and John Baldessari are just a few of the many artists currently showcased. These were a few of my favorites.
Red Beatts // John Chamberlain // painted & chromium plated steel // 1988
“monument” for V. Tatlin // Dan Flavin // 1969
Hell Gate // Chris Burden // Metal toy construction parts (Meccano and Erector) & wood // 1998-1999
Office Baroque // Gordon Matta-Clark // parquet wood flooring, drywall & wood with Cibachrome print on masonite // 1977
Shore // Pierre Huyghe // sanded wall, pigments & turtle fossil // 2013
Little Light / Jac Leirner // electric cable, socket, blue & nails // 2005
Je Respire (avec Duchamp) // Tony Feher // vinyl flagging tape & painter’s tape // 2016
We Are The People // Sam Durant // vinyl text on electric sign // 2003
Metropolis II // Chris Burden // 2010 // 3 1/2 hp DC motors with motor controllers, 1,100 custom-manufactured die-cast cars, 13 HO-scale train sets with controllers & tracks, steel, aluminum, shielded copper wire, copper sheet, brass, various plastics, assorted woods & manufactured wood products, Legos, Lincoln Logs, Dado Cubes, glass, ceramic & natural stone tiles, acrylic & oil-based paints, rubber & sundry adhesives
Do you miss playing with your hot wheel cars? Do you miss building steep ramps and watching the cars race down? If you are feeling nostalgic for your childhood toys, head on over to LACMA where you can see Chris Burden’s Metropolis II. A model city is shown with sky scrapers, freeways, and twisting roads with 1,100 race cars zooming around. The hum of the track motors coupled with the racing cars becomes a mesmerizing experience sure to leave you wanting to build your own face-paced city.
Urban Lights // Chris Burden // 202 Restored Cast Iron Antique Street Lamps // 2008
Urban Lights by Chris Burden has become an icon for the city of Los Angeles. Movies such as No Strings Attached were filmed at the installation. People come just to take photos among the lampposts, myself included. The 202 restored cast iron antique street lamps which once lined the streets of LA are now grouped together as one of the entrances to LACMA. At night the lamps turn on illuminating Wilshire Boulevard, inviting people to come and experience LACMA after hours.