The images of Burden that continue to resonate in public mind is of a young man who had himself shot (Shoot, 1971 At 7:45 p.m. I was shot in the left arm by a friend. The bullet was a copper jacket 22 long rifle. My friend was standing about fifteen feet away from me.) electrocuted, (Doorway to Heaven, 1973), impaled, cut (Back to You, 1974;Through the Night, 1973) , drowned (Velvet Water, 1974), kidnapped, locked up ( Five Day Locker Piece, 1971)…Over the past thirty years Burden has produced a multitude of assemblages, installations, kinetic and static sculptures and scientific models.
Chris Burden works and lives in California and has been represented by Gagosian Gallery since 1991. He has had major retrospectives at the Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California (1988) and MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (1996). In 1999 Burden exhibited at the 48th Venice Biennale and the Tate Gallery in London. And for the summer of 2008 a 65 foot tall skyscraper made of Erecter set parts, titled What My Dad Gave Me, stood in front of Rockefeller Center, New York City.
Three Ghost Ships, 1991
Sailboats, one with solar panel and electronic components
3 boats: 6-1/2 x 6-1/2 x 15-1/2 feet each sailboat hull
Installation at Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
Indo-China Bridge, 2002
Stainless steel reproduction Mysto Type I Erector parts,
15-1/4 x 45 x 8-1/2 inches (38.7 x 114.3 x 21.6 cm)
Ed. of 12
Medusa's Head, 1989-1992
Plywood, steel, rock & cement
14 feet diameter (4.3 m