Ian Burns, an inventive New York-based Australian artist is UTS Gallery’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence. He creates curious and playful kinetic assemblages that combine mass-produced domestic objects with customised electronics. His first solo in Sydney ‘Too Much is Real’ brings together recent kinetic light sculptures alongside new works which explore design’s aesthetics of denial.
Ian Burns was born in Newcastle, NSW in 1964. Internationally recognised, he has held solo exhibitions in Dublin, Vienna, St. Louis, New York, Melbourne, Hobart, Paris and Madrid. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Dark Heart’ 2014 Adelaide Biennale, ‘In the Telling’, ACMI, Melbourne, the ‘Liege Biennial’ in Belgium (2012), the ‘Anne Landa Award’ at the AGNSW (2011) and ‘Housebroken’ at the Flux Factory, New York (2010). His work is included in public collections, including the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; the MCA, Sydney; the Berge Collection, Spain; the Chartwell Collection, Auckland; and the 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky. He is a current recipient of a Queensland College of Art, Griffith University Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship and is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery and mother’s tankstation, Dublin.