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Barrier Island

2013
With an intimate connection to the gay beaches of Fire Island and considering the sand molds of the foundry as material, sand is used to construct a pair of monolithic sculptures titled Barrier Island. The sand is imprinted with cast running shoe soles, natural supplements and pages from a catalogue of Robert Mapplethorpeā€™s Flower series. Through visual affect Mapplethorpe composes desire and direct-to-market art images that are reproduced en mass.Ā Supplements and running gear are products of an ever expanding health and fitness industry. It is here, in Barrier Island, that work and physical exertion diverge, questions of what is ‘natural’ and the body/flower as an empty space for compositions are materially bound together.

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Installation view of Barrier Island (Overextended Stay), 2013.

A.K. Burns, Barrier Island

Barrier Island (Overextended Stay), 2013. Sand, resin, cayenne, bee pollen, spirulina, beet powder, catalogue pages, bamboo, 78 1/4 x 32 x 3 1/2 inches

A.K. Burns, Barrier Island

Barrier Island (Overextended Stay), 2013. Sand, resin, cayenne, bee pollen, spirulina, beet powder, catalogue pages, coconut shell, 78 1/4 x 32 x 3 1/2 inches.

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Detail of Barrier Island (Overextended Stay, 2013