LOCKER NUMBER 5, A tribute exhibition dedicated to the late Chris Burden by Jason Keller and James Melinat.
December 7 - 11, 2015
Actual Size Los Angeles is pleased to present Locker Number 5, a tribute exhibition dedicated to the late Chris Burden by Jason Keller and James Melinat. The exhibition opens Monday, December 7th, 2015 and runs through Friday, December 11th, 2015 at the Actual Size Los Angeles. A reception will be held onFriday, December 11th from 6 pm until 8 pm.
Locker Number 5, is a ‘reenactment,’ of Chris Burden’s first seminal work. The exhibition features an exact replica of the same locker used by Chris Burden in April of 1971 to perform what later became known as his Five Day Locker Piece. Locker Number 5, provides the viewers an opportunity to experience the work by inhabiting the exact dimensions of the locker that Burden locked himself in for five days via a cavity built into the space. The show is not a work of art, as much as it is an homage to the late Chris Burden, whose work was profoundly influential to Keller and Melinat, who are alumni of UC Irvine, where Burden performed this seminal work. Keller and Melinat consider Burden’s work to be central to their own ideas on the transformative role art can play for both artist and viewer.
Jason Keller and James Melinat are multi-disciplinary creatives whose background in contemporary art inform much of their respective professional practices. Jason Keller is co-creator of Los Angeles Eats Itself and is a Professor of Experience Design at Woodbury University. His work attempts to reinvigorate the transformative potential of art through the social science of behavioral economics to create large scale designer experiences. James Melinat is an artist and designer who started Reigns Studio; a design house specializing in custom furniture and home goods. His most recent body of work explores the relationship between black holes and origami and how each can compress the maximum amount of information into the smallest possible area.