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Process Room, 04.08.09- 16.08.09
On his residency at IMMA Ian Burns has been working on a series of new sculptures that investigate the power and phenomenological potentials of domestic appliances and objects.
Burns finds these simple phenomena deserving of focus and investigation. The new works, in finding new functions for the capabilities of everyday objects, walk a line that provokes the investigative impulses of curiosity at the same time as calling on the bafflements of the absurd.
Two larger works from this new series of sculptures are installed in the Process Room - a third may be added for the second week. The work, A promise of more, combines electric light, and the atmospheric color of the unique Irish ‘Fireglow’ light bulb, and the focal potentials of discount store magnifying glasses into a sculpture reminiscent of promotional signage for small town carnivals. This work directly identifies the viewer, projecting the word ‘YOU’ on to the gallery wall, constructing the characters from the individual bulb filaments into a humble welcome or a hasty accusation.
Burns (born Australia, lives and works in New York) has exhibited extensively with work in recent exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, St Louis Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden, Germany, Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Berlin and the University of South Florida Art Museum. He has had solo shows in New York, Vienna, Brisbane, Madrid, and had his first solo show in Ireland last year at Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin. His work is represented by Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin.
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