Arielle Haze views
In the Old Days:
House or Plunge
Unpainting the Town:
K. Garber photos
Art at the Rose
Spoons of Venice
Although Burden was more a performance artist than a
visual artist, his escapades did engender objects that turned up in art
galleries, so he's in this section.
Doorway to Heaven
November 15, 1973
"At 6 p.m. I stood in the doorway of my studio facing the Venice boardwalk.
A few spectators watched as I pushed two live electric wires into my chest.
The wires crossed and exploded, burning me but saving me from electrocution."
April 23, 1974
This action took place in a Speedway Avenue garage. The artist lay on
his back over the rear section of a Volkswagen Bug and stretched his arms
up over the roof. An assistant drove nails through the palms of Burden's
hands, into the cars roof.
The garage door was opened and the car was pushed partway out of the garage.
After running the engine at full speed for two minutes, the car was turned
off and pushed back into the garage, and the door closed.
(Note from the Webslave: I can picture making a really unique cuckoo clock
based on this scenario. I hope somebody does it.)
Paul Schimmel later wrote that many people swear they remember seeing
this Bug being driven around the streets of Venice with Burden impaled
on the back end of it. But that never happened.
Relic from "Trans-Fixed",
1974 is physically an art piece, consisting of the two nails mounted on
February 18-March 10 1972
As part of something called the Market Street Program, Burden moved a
single bed into an art gallery. At noon on Feb. 18, he took off his clothes
and got into bed. Its not clear how long he stayed - surely it couldnt
have been nearly a month. At any rate, during this performance he spoke
to no one, and started to prefer the bed to the world outside. It seems
to have freaked people out pretty effectively.
Money Tree Installation
1978 - Venice boardwalk
1971 (This may or may not have been in Venice)
People showed up at a gallery, having received invitations for a reception.
The place was empty. Then Burden and two friends came in. One filmed while
the other shot Burden in the arm. This was during the Vietnam war, which
probably had a lot to do with the conceptualization and meaning of the