Working as an interdisciplinary artist and educator, A.K. Burns perceives the body as a contentious domain wherein socio-political issues are negotiated. Using video, installation, sculpture, drawing, writing and collaboration, Burns queries systems of value as they are embodied at the nexus of language and materiality.
Currently, Burns is developing Negative Space, a cycle of five video installations that take speculative fiction as a point of departure. The third installment, Leave No Trace, was produced with EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and debuts at the Julia Stoschek Collection (Düsseldorf, Germany) in September, 2019.
Burns’s work has been exhibited internationally at the New Museum, NY; the Tate Modern, London; The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Sculpture Center, NY; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA. Burns was a 2016-17 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, a recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award, and is currently faculty at Hunter College Department of Art & Art History.
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