A.K. Burns (b. 1975) is an interdisciplinary artist focused on the body as a site of social and political agitation, who uses video, installation, sculpture, drawing and collaboration to query the space between materiality and language.
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. in New York, but has also been exhibited at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Oregon (2016) and Human Resources in Los Angeles (2017). As the artist-in-residence at the New Museum’s Spring 2017 Research & Development season, Burns debuted the second video-installation in the series, entitled Living Room (2017). As of summer 2017, Burns is in development on the third video, commissioned by EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Burns was a 2016–17 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and a recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award in 2015. Her work can be found in several public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California.
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 501c3 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)—a video re-imagining pornographic cinema for womyn and non-binary bodies—screened at international venues including the Tate Modern, London, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. 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 interventions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Learn more about A.K. Burns at the artist's website.