Art Doesn't Hurt
I first heard of Chris Burden about 3 years ago when I saw his installation “Urban Lights” at LACMA and I thought nothing of it really, but then a friend told me about all the crazy performance art pieces he has done like having someone shoot him in the arm in a piece called “Shoot”. Chris Burden is a real controversial artist because he uses the idea of personal danger as artistic expression and not many people get it so he is always downplayed by normal not artistic people because they think he’s just some weirdo who thinks nailing himself to the roof of a Volkswagen Bug or stuffing himself in a school locker for 5 days is art (sorry not all art is a pretty picture) but little do they know he’s a real artist who is well educated and got his B.A. in visual arts, physics and architecture at Pomona College and received his Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Irvine from 1969 to 1971 and in 1978 became a professor at UCLA until he resigned in 2005. Chris Burdens always makes me think of the definition of art and watching this playlist of some of the crazy performances will make you rethink your definition of art.