Collected Stones, by Jimmie Durham and Maria Thereza Alves, 2002

Jimmie Durham, Artist Maria Thereza Alves, Artist Collected Stones (Incident at Middelberg, A Stone from Metternich's House in Bohemia, 13 Rue Fenelon, Enough!, A Heavy Stone, HTV, Pink Granite at Work, Un Projet A Lille, Nature Morte, Towards Light, A Stone at Home in Bed Asleep, Stoning the Refrigerator, Brazilian Bloodstone), 2002

Medium: Single-channel video, color, sound
Dimensions: 21:39 min.
Credit Line: Courtesy of the artists and kurimanzutto, Mexico City. Video still courtesy of the artists and kurimanzutto

These short videos (shot by Maria Thereza Alves) show Jimmie Durham engaged in a wide variety of actions involving stones and rocks, a material the artist has returned to again and again. As a material used for making buildings, monuments, sculptures, and tools across cultures, stone is richly metaphoric, simultaneously generic and symbolic. Although there is a measure of violence in these vignettes, they are also sardonic and funny, so many games of rock-paper-scissors in which the rock always wins.

 

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"Collected Stones (Incident at Middelberg, A Stone from Metternich's House in Bohemia, 13 Rue Fenelon, Enough!, A Heavy Stone, HTV, Pink Granite at Work, Un Projet A Lille, Nature Morte, Towards Light, A Stone at Home in Bed Asleep, Stoning the Refrigerator, Brazilian Bloodstone)." Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2017. https://​hammer.ucla.edu/​take-it-or-leave-it/​art/​collected-stones-incident-at-middelberg-a-stone-from-metternichs-house-in-bohemia-13-rue-fenelon-enough-a-heavy-stone-htv-pink-granite-at-work-un-projet-a-lille-nature-morte-towards-light-a-stone-at-home-in-bed-asleep-stoning-the-refrigerator-brazilian-bloodstone/​.