We don’t typically try to, I suppose, “question” musical ventures here at Frumpzilla. The art form is so subjective, you know — so deeply personal in nature for so many. Who is Frump, after all, to callously pass judgment on one’s passionate outpouring of acutely intimate creative expression?
That said, to be fair, I guess we may or may not have made some exceptions to this general rule in the past.
Anyway, notwithstanding the above confessions, it’s not necessarily our intent to disparage Benjamin Dukhan’s “Burger Girl” alter-ego here. Think of it more as a plea. A plea to, I guess, “understand” just what the hell he’s on about. Or even just on. Baby steps, you know…
Although I don’t recall ever being this into Hot Wheels as a kid, I must say that had I ever encountered something like Chris Burden’s Metropolis 2 my interest may have been piqued.
Trans-Fixed -- Chris Burden (1974)
Since the early 70’s, Burden has made waves for a variety of provocative performance art exhibitions, perhaps most notably in 1974 with Trans-Fixed. That particular piece saw the artist crucified to the back of a Volkswagen Beetle, and several other WTF-inducing displays have followed in its wake over the years.
Now, while the above, apparently nugatory parade of toy cars may lack the shock value of seeing someone nailed to the rear of an iconic automobile, such perplexing undertakings certainly share the trait of evoking inquiry, however trivial, in the minds of viewers.
I certainly don’t mind asking “Why?” here. Do you? But, though duly impressed by the sheer amount of engineering involved, I suppose I’m ultimately left with a feeling of vacuity — curiously, not at all unlike the handful of times I’ve tried to watch NASCAR.