Throwing Stones: Jimmie Durham’s lithotechnics

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Jimmie Durham — Still Life With Spirit and Xitle, 2007, boulder from Xitle (Shiitle) “Spirit” Volcano dropped from a crane onto an unmarked black Dodge Spirit, a vehicle often used by Mexico’s undercover cops. Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.
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The ‘assisted readymade’ traveled to Art Basel Miami Beach in 2015 where people were aloud to touch it.
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Encore Tranquillité, 2008, airplane and stone; A Meteoric Fall to Heaven, 2000, armchair and stone; A Stone Asleep In Bed At Home, 2000, bed and stone.
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Left: Jimmie Durham, Resurrection 7 (of 25) 1995, right: Opening of David Lynch’s film Fire Walk With Me (1992).
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‘A Stone from François Villon’s House in Paris’
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Still from “Stoning the Refrigerator,” 1996
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Left: A Stone Rejected by the Builder, 2006, Stone, wood, acrylic paint; Right: Stone as stone, 2010
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A Piece of Concrete Wearing a Stone Mask and a Necktie 1999
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This Stone Had Always Wanted To Be a Fish… Some People Are Never Satisfied, 2003, grey granite, acrylic paint.

Rocks Encouraged

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Durham’s stones can be clouds or uninvited house guests.
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Nature Morte with Stone and House, 2007
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Rocks Encouraged. 2010. Petrified wood, text, soundproof room.
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Filz un Flint, 1997
Chair, hat and rock
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Jimmie Durham, “Self-Portrait Pretending to Be a Stone Statue of Myself,” 2006
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Jimmie Durham — The Names of Stones, 2011.
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Jimmie Durham — The Dangers of Petrification II, 2007
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The excellent curatorial text accompanying this installation says the work points to the “dangers of presuming to understand a culture through its most sacred objects…”
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Conclusion

Painter and Art Instructor at Haskell Indian Nations University