Since then, Burden has recalibrated. As his career developed, Burden continued to experiment with space and sense of scale, but focused his process and output on sculptures and installation pieces. His retrospective at the New Museum, Chris Burden: Extreme Measures, focuses on some of these works. On the larger end of the spectrum are works such as Big Wheel (1979) (seen above) on the fourth floor of the museum, a lumbering giant steel wheel set up near a motorcycle. Twice a day, the motorcycle is revved up, setting the wheel to spin on its own for over two hours.
Also on the fourth floor is Porsche with Meteorite (2013), a gigantic scales of justice-like structure where a shiny yellow Porsche—perhaps a stand-in for the pinnacle of manmade technological innovation—is balanced against a chunk of organic matter.
Chris Burden: Extreme Measures is up until January 12, 2014.