Chris Burden + Sean Duffy
July 5 - July 22, 2012
For its 50th anniversary, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is showcasing its permanent collection in a series of twelve installations, each lasting between two and six weeks. To stimulate discussion within the museum’s audience around the works’ historical and aesthetic meanings, more than fifty works by twenty-four artists who are included in OCMA’s collection will be juxtaposed in combinations that run against the grain of their typical generational and/or stylistic affinities. Artists familiar from the 1960s are contrasted with those who have emerged over the past ten years, painters are paired with video artists, abstraction gets re-joined with representation, and conceptual art pioneers will meet their post-conceptual successors. Featured artists include Joan Brown, Joe Goode, Walead Beshty, Llyn Foulkes, Charles Ray, Chris Burden, Daniel J. Martinez, John McCracken, and Lewis Baltz, among others. The rotations will run February 29 through December 30, 2012.
Although Burden (b. 1946) has long been celebrated as one of the most uncompromising performance artists of the 1970s, much of his work possesses a playful side that is brought to the fore in this contrast with Duffy (b. 1966), whose work often emphasizes the more freeform aspects of the backyard inventor. Burden’s sculptural mini-epic Large Glass Ship, a 1983 sculpture that fuses the concepts of play and war, and his legendary 1971 TV Hijack performance, are played off against Duffy’s Horizontal Mobile, a 2004 suspended work using album covers to illustrate the solar system, and the 2009 The Void, which counter-intuitively channels wind power from 20 electric fans.
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