A.K. Burns is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who resides in Brooklyn, New York. Burns is currently at work on Negative Space, a cycle of large-scale installations that take speculative fiction as its point of departure. The new work follows a longstanding interest in the body as a site of cultural and political negotiation. Using video, sculpture, drawing, and collaboration, Burns queries the relationship between materiality and language in order to rework economies of gender, labor, ecology, and sexuality.
As a Radcliffe fellow, Burns is using her time to develop works for two consecutive solo New York exhibitions in early 2017: she will be researching, executing, and installing the next chapter of Negative Space, a new video-based installation for the New Museum, and completing a series of new sculptural works for Callicoon Fine Arts. In addition, she will be publishing with Dancing Foxes Press the companion book for A Smeary Spot, 2015—the first chapter in this cycle of works.
Burns is a recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital Award in the visual arts and has works in several public collections, including the International Center of Photography, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. Burns received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.