Company Artists

Anthony Burdin

Numerous modern and contemporary artists have used the automobile as an iconographic source, but few as literally as Anthony Burdin: the nomadic California-based artist has reputedly lived in a 1973 Chevy Nova for most of the past decade. Many of his Voodoo Vocals videos, which he began making in the early 1990s, are shot from the car's interior. Burdin, who calls himself a "recording artist," drives around with a handheld camera, singing along to songs playing on the radio or on a paint-spattered boom box resting on the passenger seat. His eclectic musical tastes range from Blue Öyster Cult to the James Bond theme, and his voice moves from whimpering to screeching in an atonal farrago that parallels the jerky movements of his camera as it tracks the passing urban landscape. In Desert Mix, a video series from the early 1990s, the artist meanders through the parched topography of Southern California, muttering, grunting, and breathing heavily as he traverses barren expanses littered with brush and old car parts.
-Whitney Biennial 2006

“Anthony Burdin's sparsely installed four-floor exhibition at Maccarone is equally thorny but more ecstatic. Burdin, who is a phantasmagoric combination of Vito Acconci, Bruce Conner and the Unabomber, inhabits the zone between art, life and music. A sort of traveling magician-maniac-minstrel, he lives, makes art and stages performances in his van. His videos, drawings and sculptures tap into some vagabond voodoo that relates to witch doctors like Paul Thek, Jack Smith and Dieter Roth. All of which means it might be better to just breathe Burdin's art in rather than look directly at it.” - JERRY SALTZ, Artnet

"BURDIN'S art is an undeniable reflection of his history, exploring the world of the outsider, the lone dreamer, evoking both the seduction and unattainability of fame in a place like Los Angeles." - John Albert, LA Times