Magazine article Sculpture

Hammer Museum

Magazine article Sculpture

Hammer Museum

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Los Angeles

Jimmie Durham

Through May 7, 2017

An artist, performer, poet, essayist, and activist, Durham abandoned the narrow strictures of identity politics years ago in favor of a broad-based approach to justice, freedom, and equality-a move reinforced when he left the U.S. in 1987 to live first in Mexico and then in Europe. In his work, as well as in his life, he strives to follow the lead of his "mentor" Italo Calvino and elude all constraints. Rather than making obvious political statements, his work has evolved to embody a political/philosophical stance through its materials, forms, and processes. He once expressed his credo as "against architecture, against narration, against structure" This defiance of the lawany law-characterizes all of his works, from performances with stones as the medium, or tool, of a formless, scattered reality to icon-like sculptures made out of animal parts, recycled PVC pipes decorated with feathers, tortured furniture, and found stones. …

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