Blum & Poe

Anthony Burdin

02 Jul - 22 Aug 2015

© Anthony Burdin
Abandoned Saloon Whore Nest, 2015
Wood, barbed wire, bedspring, resin and mixed media on wood
89 x 133 x 160 inches
Fragments from Expeditions: Destitution, Deterioration, and Devastation
2 July — 22 August 2015

Blum & Poe is pleased to present the gallery’s first-time solo exhibition with artist Anthony Burdin. Burdin’s exhibition Fragments from Expeditions: Destitution, Deterioration, and Devastation is comprised of paintings and video documentation of live performances. His new satirical, text-based paintings, written in a pseudo-calligraphic style, bleed words together to create visual tongue twisters. Utilizing journalistic talking points or trendy phrases, the works grapple with ever dwindling free speech. Other paintings continue the artist’s exploration of a trademark graffiti technique he refers to as “Kookscrawl.” Two videos of Burdin’s automatic performances, shallosscrave (2014) and Vape Lounge (2014), record the journey of a fictional character named Desert Mix as he traverses his claimed domains scattered with sight gags. Also included will be abstract paintings based on fictional landscapes where the performances could have taken place.

Anthony Burdin (b. 1971 in Encino, CA) lives and works in the USA. His work is featured in public and private collections internationally including the Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany; and Tim Nye Foundation, New York. Group exhibitions include The Sound of Things: Unmonumental Audio, New Museum, New York, NY (2008); Number One: Destroy, She Said, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany (2007); and Whitney Biennial: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2006).

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