“dong, xi, nan, bei (E,W,S,N)” by su-mei tse
Japanese macaques, commonly referred to as snow monkeys, huddle together at an open-air hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell’s Valley) Monkey Park in the town of Yamanouchi, Nagano prefecture, Japan. Picture: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images
Medusa’s Head by Chris Burden, 1990. Collection MOMA.
I saw Medusa’s Head when it was shown at the Gagosian Gallery in the winter of 1993. The dark and twisted detail of this apocalyptic and ambitious sculpture presented a bleak vision of man’s destructive effects on the world. It made a big impression on me at the time. Would love to see it again one day.
[pic via this interview with Chris Burden in Portlandart.net]