A.K. Burns is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose work explores the body as a contentious domain wherein socio-political conditions are negotiated. Using video, installation, sculpture, drawing and collaboration Burns queries systems of value as it is embodied at the nexus of language and materiality.
Currently at work on Negative Space a cycle of five video-installations that take speculative fiction as a point of departure, the opening episode, A Smeary Spot (2015) debuted at Participant Inc., NY, has also been exhibited at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, OR in 2016 and Human Resources, Los Angeles, in 2017. As artist-in-residence at the New Museum’s Spring 2017 Research & Development Season, Burns debut the second video-installation in the series titled, Living Room (2017). And as of summer 2017 Burns is in development on the third video, commissioned by Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Troy, NY. Burns was a 2016-17 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and a recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award. Her work can be found in several public collations including the Museum of Modern Art, NY and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA.
A frequent collaborator; Burns was a founding member of W.A.G.E (Working Artists in the Great Economy) in 2008—an artists’ advocacy group that has since developed into a 501c-3 and subsequently launched W.A.G.E certification and fee calculator in 2014. Having left previous positions as core-organizer and Board member, Burns remains a life-long advocate and educator for W.A.G.E. Burns additionally co-founded and co-edited Randy, an annual trans-feminist arts magazine from 2010-2013, and released a compendium publication in June 2016. Working in collaboration with A.L. Steiner, Community Action Center (2010)—created a video to re-imagining pornographic cinema for womyn and non-binary bodies—screened at numerous venues internationally including the Tate Modern, London and The Museum of Modern Art. A.K. Burns also maintains an ongoing collaborative practice with partner Katherine Hubbard, producing performance installations, videos and sculptures as well as staging The Poetry Parade…, a series of live literary intervention at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.
A.K. Burns has taught and lectured at numerous universities and colleges, including most recently, as a full-time lecturer at Hunter College Graduate Department of Art & Art History. Burns is represented by Callicoon Fine Arts, NY; Michel Rein Gallery, Paris/Brussels; and Video Data Bank, Chicago.