Born Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia 1964
Lives and works in New York
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.