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Chris Burden

Bridges and Bullets

July 10–September 13, 2003
Beverly Hills

Chris Burden: Bridges and Bullets Installation view

Chris Burden: Bridges and Bullets

Installation view

Works Exhibited

Chris Burden, Indo-China Bridge, 2002 Stainless steel reproduction Mysto Type I Erector parts, 15 ¼ × 45 × 8 ½ inches (38.7 × 114.3 × 21.6 cm), edition of 12© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker Studio

Chris Burden, Indo-China Bridge, 2002

Stainless steel reproduction Mysto Type I Erector parts, 15 ¼ × 45 × 8 ½ inches (38.7 × 114.3 × 21.6 cm), edition of 12
© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker Studio

Chris Burden, Gold Bullets, 2003 10 gold bullets in 2 wood and Plexiglas vitrines, each: 6 ¼ × 10 ¼ × 5 ¾ inches (15.9 × 26 × 14.6 cm), edition of 10© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker Studio

Chris Burden, Gold Bullets, 2003

10 gold bullets in 2 wood and Plexiglas vitrines, each: 6 ¼ × 10 ¼ × 5 ¾ inches (15.9 × 26 × 14.6 cm), edition of 10
© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker Studio

Chris Burden, Tower of London Bridge, 2003 Stainless steel reproduction Mysto Type I Erector parts and wood base, 30 × 96 × 12 inches (76.2 × 243.8 × 30.5 cm), edition of 6© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker Studio

Chris Burden, Tower of London Bridge, 2003

Stainless steel reproduction Mysto Type I Erector parts and wood base, 30 × 96 × 12 inches (76.2 × 243.8 × 30.5 cm), edition of 6
© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker Studio

About

Gagosian is pleased to present Chris Burden’s new group of bridges based on the technology and design concepts of the Mysto Erector metal construction system, a turn-of-the-century toy. Burden will also exhibit another new edition, a series of bullets cast in 22-karat gold.

Burden has been interested in building models as discrete objects as well as entire fantasy environments and societies, as seen in such works as Medusa’s Head (1990) and Pizza City (1996). In both these works, the childlike fascination with the act of building is matched with the creation of an imaginative world.

Burden’s particular interest in bridge construction reflects his fascination with humanity’s basic urge to overcome barriers, to master the forces of nature, to speed travel, to link communities, and to widen horizons. With the re-creation of seven basic Mysto Erector parts, fabricated in stainless steel, Burden, in collaboration with Fred Hoffman Fine Art, has undertaken a new series of bridges, produced in edition. The minimalist Indo-China Bridge and the mechanically complex Tower of London Bridge are both model versions of the actual historic bridges. Also included are two truss bridges, the twenty-one-foot Truss Bridge and the Antique Bridge. Both make the most efficient use of Mysto Erector parts to illustrate the principles of a typical truss bridge. The dramatic and graceful thirty-two-foot Curve Bridge, using over 10,000 parts, tests the mechanical and aesthetic boundaries of what can actually be constructed with the seven different Mysto Erector parts.

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