The bible re-written with modern celebrities in place of the old characters. All places have been updated to locations in America. Ronald Reagan plays God in this version. Leonardo DiCaprio is Jesus Christ. A lyric from every Led Zeppelin song is imbedded at random throughout the text.
On his 40th birthday, Magnuson dug a hole in the Mojave desert; when he struck water, he injected his seed, filled in the hole and planted a flower.
Rick Magnuson digs a very deep hole on his 40th birthday.
Hired 5 un-documented men to carry the American flag around an intersection in Aspen.
This needs no explanation
Try to read it.
The modification of the natural world.
Needs no explanation
I love shopping
Shopping feels good.
Paid day laborers $10 each to stand against a wall in Dallas, Texas for 10 minutes.
Buried on the grounds of the Aspen Art Museum.
Solo show at Aspen Art Museum. Hired 6 security guards to protect nothing - only blue tape, empty walls and blank pedestals. I watched and recorded show on surveillance cameras.
Blurring the lines between art and politics. 2006
Protecting drug dealers since 1976.
Trying to stop bad art. 2010
Santa Claus is real.
$5000 on trees in Aspen. 2003, 2004
Rick Magnuson drives around the Aspen roundabout 1200 consecutive laps.
Hired 8 men from temp service to attend art opening at Baldwin Gallery in Aspen. They ate ice cream at Paradise, listened to classical music on the Cooper Mall and attended opening.
Submitted application to sculpt snow on Aspen mall. I then hired temporary workers to remove the block of snow. In it's place I left a life- sized camera. 2005
Removing a block of snow from the Aspen mall. Un-sculpting.