Porsche with meteorite, 2013,
A part of Chris Burden: Extreme Measures, at New Museum, New York.
There’s some great photos of his 5 storey show at Grey Magazine and an interview at GalleristNY.
One day the artist Chris Burden was poking around eBay, looking at meteorites. “I was buying little ones and stuff, and all of a sudden I see this one, the biggest meteorite I had ever seen for sale, And there was free shipping, you know?” He paused. “What, a 400-pound meteorite? Free shipping? I’ve never seen one that big. So I bought the meteorite with no idea what I was going to do with it whatsoever, and then I started thinking.”
Why that pairing? “There’s just something—you know that Germans have been known for metallurgy since the Huns,” Mr. Burden said. “There was some sort of weird relation between the nickel iron in the meteorite and the Porsche. You know what I mean?” He continued, scrunching up his face and turning his voice into that of an old-timey storyteller, “A really good German craftsman, with a good hammer, could make a really great Porsche out of that meteorite. Clink, clink, clink, clink, clink.” He pretended to hammer away. “It’s a silly fantasy,” he laughed.
New Museum has posted an hour and a half interview with Burden that would have been great,
but the sound is so atrocious that it’s pretty much not worth it. Lip readers will be fine. The sound gets a bit better and is bearable, it is worth it, the stories from his early works are hilarious!
Guns, planes, the FBI, Casablanca and Aztec gold in the Vatican!
More youtube video from New Museum
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