Ian Burns

Ian Burns: In the Telling
, 2012-2013
Installation view at ACMI
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Biography

Born Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia 1964
Lives and works in New York, the United States of America

 

Ian Burns completed his undergraduate studies in Fine Arts at the University of Newcastle in 2000, a Masters of Fine Arts at Hunter College, New York in 2003 and a PhD at Griffith University, Brisbane in 2008.

Burns creates inventive sculptural works that combine consumer objects with digital technologies. He is known for witty assemblages often animated by light and movement. The artist’s work encourages a playful spirit of investigation and promotes an active viewing position challenging passive modes of consumption.

“Like the eighteenth-century philosophers Rousseau and Burke, I see curiosity as the first of all passions. I believe that by provoking the investigative impulse in the viewer there is scope to challenge their expectations and self-awareness.” – Ian Burns

Public collections include: Art Gallery of South Australia (Adelaide), Australian Center for the Moving Image (Melbourne), Chartwell Collection (Auckland), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Sydney), Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt), 2IC Museum (Louisville, USA); and prominent private and corporate collections across Australia and the United States.

 

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Bibliography

Artist website 


Exhibitions

Ian Burns

Ian Burns: In the Telling
, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Ian Burns

AND THEN…


Recent Works

Ian Burns

Movement Image
, 2012
Wood, lights, magnifying glasses, timing system
Sculpture: 170 x 125 x 110 cm, Projection distance variable

Ian Burns

anywhere and here
, 2012
Mixed media kinetic sulpture
Dimensions variable

Ian Burns

Quest
, 2012
Transparency prints, picture frames, lights, table, magnifying glasses, timing system
115 x 78 x 60 cm

Ian Burns

strange cloud above
, 2012
Found object (wheelbarrow, tree stump, wood, motor, lights, plate, bowl, tv, camera) sculpture generating live video and audio
167 x 94 x 75 cm

Ian Burns

Clouds
, 2012
Found object sculpture (including ladders, wood, lights, magnifying glasses, tables, bowls, toys, carpet, umbrellas, motors, TV's, sound systems) generating live video and audio