Sculpture, 150 x 860 x 860 cm.
Materials: airplane, stone, chains
Collection: Collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
"The central piece in Paris will be a very large stone on a single- engine airplane. I made the work last summer in an old Russian airfield outside of Berlin, near the Polish border. (...)
The airplane looks really grounded. But it also makes me a little nervous. I remember how, after Sydney, the car pieces became popular—people enjoy seeing a car get what’s coming to it—and I ended up making a few versions, which are similar in the way that paintings are similar.
But when Christo and Jeanne-Claude started wrapping things, they could not have known that they would spend the next 50 years going around the world looking for new and bigger things to wrap. I can imagine myself in a similar predicament—this phenomenon is so often equated with success. It can be relatively easy to find bigger ships, bigger airplanes, bigger boulders. A stoned Concorde might have a sense of appropriateness." [full text here]
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Jimmie Durham - Pierres r...
30 January 2009 - 12 April 2009.
This exhibition was a retrospective of Jimmie Durham's (European) work after 1994. The title was taken from the expression "stone rejected b
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Jimmie Durham 1994 - 2012
Jimmie Durham moved to Europe in 1994 and has lived ever since in Brussels, Lisbon, Marseille, Rome and Berlin, where he is presently based (
"Throwing stones at man-made objects, or dropping boulders on them, is not like May ‘68; it’s not even an echo. For me, it is more like a mim