AK Burns
A.K. Burns, The Shape-shifter as Olympia. Video still from ‘A Smeary Spot,’ 2015. Image: courtesy of the artist

A.K. Burns: A Slow Rearrangement of Desires

September 25, 2017 – 7pm

In anticipation of our fall exhibition Entering the Landscape, opening on September 30th, 2017, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is extremely pleased to present an artist talk with Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist and educator, A.K. Burns.

On Monday, September 25th at 7pm, Burns will speak about her current project, Negative Space. For her talk titled ‘A Slow Rearrangement of Desires’ Burns will unravel the links between her recent body of work and camping in Utah, new materialism, access to resources and disdain for speed and newness, the current political apocalypse, collaboration, and previous projects. This interweaving of land and body follows many of the same lines of inquiry as Leave No Trace, the sound and text-based installation that Burns will present as her contribution to Entering the Landscape.

A. K. Burns uses video, sculpture and installation to querie the socio-political constructs that give form and meaning to contemporary notions of the body. Her current project, Negative Space is a cycle of five video installations that take speculative fiction as a point of departure. Burns is a prolific artist, respected thinker and educator and was recently selected as the artist in residence at the New Museum (spring 2017). Her work has been exhibited internationally with shows 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 and a recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award. Burns currently teaches at Hunter College Graduate Department of Art & Art History, and in the Sculpture Department at NYU Steinhardt.

This talk is programmed in conjunction with Entering the Landscape

(October 1 to December 31, 2017)
Opening Reception: Saturday September 30 | 8pm to 1am
Panel Discussion: Saturday september 30 | 1pm to 3pm

Pia Arke • Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory  • Jaime Black • Lori Blondeau • A.K. Burns • The Ephemerals • Melissa General • Rebecca Horn • Katherine Hubbard • Maria Hupfield • Simone Jones •  Tau Lewis • Amy Malbeuf  • Meryl McMaster  •  Ana Mendieta • Natalie Purschwitz • Dominique Rey • Jamie Ross • Xaviera Simmons • Ming Wong • Alize Zorlutuna

Entering the Landscape is a contemplative group exhibition featuring twenty-one artists from Canada, the USA, Denmark, and Berlin. Working in film and video, photography, sculpture, and performance these artists represent a breadth of politicized contemporary and iconic historical works that place the female or queer body in the landscape. Bringing together artworks that conceptually and aesthetically overlap, this exhibition identifies and considers a persistent motif in contemporary art.

All public programming is free and open to the public. Everyone welcome!

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of our 2016 and 2017 program, as well as Payworks and Wawanesa Insurance for the direct support of our youth programs.

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