A.K. Burns is an interdisciplinary artist and educator residing in Brooklyn, NY. Currently a 2016-17 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, Burns is developing a long term project—a cycle of multi-media installations that take speculative fiction as a point of departure. This work is additionally supported by a 2015 Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award and the Spring 2017 Research & Development Season at the New Museum. The opening episode from this cycle of works, A Smeary Spot, debut at Participant Inc, NY in the Fall of 2015. A new iteration is installed at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in September 2016. Forthcoming—along with sculpture and video installations for future episodes—will be a series of companion publication starting with A Smeary Spot, produced with Dancing Foxes Press and an experimental sound based work pressed on vinyl titled Leave No Trace, 2016.
A compulsive collaborator, Burns has initiated many co-efforts such as being a founding member of W.A.G.E (Working Artists in the Great Economy)—an artists’ advocacy group that developed W.A.G.E certification and fee calculator both launched 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, the feature-length socio-sexual video portrait, Community Action Center was released in 2010. The work has screened at numerous venues internationally including the Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art and the Andy Warhol Museum, concurrently with a European and U.S. tour. A.K. Burns also maintains an ongoing collaborative practice with partner Katherine Hubbard, producing performance installations, videos and sculptures exhibited at Recess, Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and 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, and as a mentor in the Graduate Department at Columbia University School of Visual Art. Burns is represented by Callicoon Fine Arts and Video Data Bank.