HilgerBROTKunsthalle, Vienna

HilgerBROTKunsthalle

Dorotheergasse 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Ernst.Hilger@remove.me @hilger.at

 

 

Curiosity is the first of all passions. Satisfaction renders us passive. Desire heightens the senses. Attempts at spectacle are of interest not for their capacity to succeed, but rather for the clarity of their failures. The richest contemporary sublime is found in disappointment. It exists in that nostalgia for the ability of the manufactured display to make presentation of the un-presentable.

Ian Burns develops processes that subjugate the seductions of technological media and clich├ęs to supporting roles in the creation of forms and systems that privilege the unique experiences of physicality, investigation and awareness to be found on that thin line between the poetic and the ridiculous.

Ian Burns, Debate, 2014, Typewriters, chairs, table, paper, motors, timing system, 32 x 73 x 27 in
Ian Burns, FUCKEd SYStem, 2014, Thrift store furniture parquet, spray paint, 44 x 62 x 5 in
Ian Burns, Ghost, 2014, Fog machine, keyboard, solenoids, motor, bin, found objects, timing system, variable dimensions
Ian Burns, Ghost, 2014, Fog machine, keyboard, solenoids, motor, bin, found objects, timing system, variable dimensions
Ian Burns, Bloodline, 2014, Fishing pants, fluorescent ink, wood, pump, blue light, timing system, 90 x 37 x 32 in
Ian Burns, What Might Be, 2011/2016, Wood, lights, magnifying glasses, timing system, variable dimensions. Image: installed work at 2016 Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial