Articulating a complex and hallucinatory California Gothic, Burdin's video installations and drawings explore a kinship between fact and fantasy, between the conventions of pop music and marketing and the obsessive desires of fans. His videos—many of which are made in the 1973 Chevy Nova in which he has lived during much of the past decade—are characterized by a restlessly nomadic aesthetic.
Featuring jittery but fluid handheld camera work and the growling voices of Burdin's various alter egos, these videos tour the urban and desert landscapes of Southern California, while investigating the interior of the automobile as a charged psychological space.
Significant support for CCA Wattis Institute programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and by Judy and Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. Additional support provided by the CCA Curator's Forum.