CHRIS BURDEN
Relic from “B.C. Mexico”
1973
Diary, seashell and stone
Case: 10 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches
26 x 23.5 x 10.8 cm


B.C. Mexico
Newspace, Los Angeles
May 25- June 10, 1973

I was dropped off in San Felipe, Mexico, on the Sea of Cortez. In a small canvas kayak I paddled southward to a remote beach carrying some water with me. I survived there for 11 days; the average daily temperature was 120 degrees. On June 7, I paddled back to San Felipe and was driven to Los Angeles. The piece had been announced as a show by Newspace, and during my stay in Mexico a notice in the gallery informed visitors of my absence. On June 10 at Newspace, I showed a short movie of my departure and read a diary I had kept.