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Title

Across the Nile

2008


Artist

Ian Burns

Australia, United States of America

1964 -


About

Ian Burns's sculptural-video work 'Across the Nile' 2008 addresses production and consumption and screen culture in our postmodern world. Burns's 'Across the Nile' is a kinetic assemblage of everyday items and technology that have been sourced from building supplies and homeware shops. Burns's irreverent re-contextualisation considers aesthetic and cultural values upheld by both artist and viewer in an amusing and playful manner. Amongst the heap, a computer monitor displays an animated video of pyramids in the desert which has been autogenously produced by the work 'filming itself' with a camera. Jonathan T.D. Neil has commented on the exploration of simulation and representation in Burns's practice which blurs distinctions between concepts and media: 'mimesis arises as an emergent property of Burns's art, an ontological reality that is separate and distinct from any part of the apparatus itself' [1].

1. Jonathan T.D. Neil. 'Future greats', Art Review, March 2008, p 92


Details


Date

2008


Media categories

Time-based art , Sculpture


Materials used

found object sculpture producing live video and audio


Dimensions

135.0 x 180.0 x 150.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Christopher Hodges and Helen Eager 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

289.2016


Artist information

Ian Burns

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Peter Hill and Stephen Bush, Art World (issue 5), 'The 2008 Melbourne Art Fair', pg. 182, Sydney, Oct 2008-Nov 2008, 182 (colour illus.).

Ross Woodrow., Ian Burns: It's all good, 'Aesthetics from the Greek temple to Freddy's Fishing World', Brisbane, 2008, not paginated.