Ian Burns


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.



Available Works

Ian Burns

15 hours v.4, 2010
found object kinet­ic sculp­ture, live video and audio
1266759 cm