Part scientist, part engineer, and sometime punk provocateur, controversial artist Chris Burden upended expectations throughout his life. In this timely portrait of the recently deceased artist, Burden helps narrate his own story in an edgy, often insightful investigation into what made him so unique, called variously by others “magician,” “daredevil,” “sadomasochist,” and “art martyr.” Augmenting numerous perspectives offered by other artists, collaborators, curators, critics, ex-wives, and girlfriends, are contemporary interviews with Burden along with moments recorded earlier in his career. Probing childhood years in an unusually nomadic family, but concentrating on the series of startling artworks launched when he locked himself into a two-cubic-foot storage locker for five days, and peaking with his infamous “Shoot” piece, in which he was publicly and deliberately wounded, Burden is underscored with a quirky minimalist soundtrack by Andrew Bird and Roger Goula, with musical excerpts by David Bowie and bands including Can, Suicide, and Television.
Guest in attendance 10/10: Rich Dewey (director)
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Sonoma Valley Museum of Art