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Artist of the moment…….Chris Burden


Chris Burden was an American sculptor, conceptual, and performance artist who got shot and nailed to a car all for art! Chris Burden was born in Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1946.

In one of his best acclaimed series of performance art Chris Burden takes over television. Back in the beginning days of television it didn’t seem a regular person could appear on tube and its 3 channels.

Burden actually bought air time and challenged the idea of local programming. Here are his commercials from the 1970s that actually appeared on tv!:

The artist attended Pomona College located in Claremont, California earning a B.F.A. Burden also attended the University of California at Irvine where he earned a M.F.A. and studied with abstract artist Robert Irwin.

Burden often included architecture and bridges in his artwork.

Burden also enjoyed creating large metropolis cities that were similar to Los Angeles out of model toys and cars.

In this clip we see Chris Burden get shot. The artist grew up during the violent periods of the 1960s and Vietnam war. Here we witness Chris Burden get shot in the left arm by his assistant.:

Chris Burden passed away in May of 2015 at the age of 69.

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Below we catch up with artistic amigo James Kalm. We visit a show featuring Chris Burden and his famous piece titled the Big Wheel from a show that took place in 2013:

Burden was a fascinating artist capable of working in any medium. I enjoy his film works from the 1960s and 1970s the most. With the use of 8mm and 16mm film these works have wonderful home movie feel to them.



Artist of the moment……..Ned Evans


Ned Evans is a fantastic contemporary artist renown for his abstract art. Ned Evans was born in Burbank, California in the year 1950.

Evans attended the University of California at Irvine eventually earning a masters of fine arts degree.

In this clip we view some works from show featuring Ned Evans in 2013:

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Evans often uses mixed media, with acrylics being his base.

The artist is now based out of Venice, California.

Here we view some of Evans work that is he calls resin reliefs. These works are inspired by Ned Evans’ love of surfing and surfboards:

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Evans is a wonderful abstract artist whose work has a little of Dale Chihuly, especially in the resin forms. His work also reminds of the Constructivist artists,with his use of basic geometric shapes and colour.