Tim Burns 3rddegree

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Biography

Tim Burns is a legendary figure in the history of Australian art. He rose to notoriety in the early 1970s with a series of (literally) explosive art actions, before decamping to New York, where he remained, on and off until the mid-1990s. He now resides in Western Australia. Rather than identifying as a painter, filmmaker, videographer, installation artist, theatre director or performer Burns calls himself “a context artist”. What unites the hugely varied set of projects Burns has worked on over the last forty years in a constant desire to set up situations which critically reflect on our hypermediated, industrialised western society.He has been creating situations in the public sphere, manipulating materials and technology in unexpected ways to engage audiences to critically examine the society we live in. Lucas Ihlein April 2011 for Artists Profile mag. Sydney.

Solo Exhibitions

2016
TIM BURNS FILMS

ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES NYC

2015
AGAINST THE GRAIN TIM BURNS SURVEY IN TAIPEI APRIL MAY IN GERALDTON WITH AOTM IN JUNE

AGAINST THE GRAIN TIM BURNS SURVEY IN TAIPEI APRIL MAY IN GERALDTON WITH AOTM IN JUNE

Group Exhibitions

2016
HOMELESS CARAPACE

SCULPTURE BY THE SEA

2015
SPAM MANDURAH ART CENTREFEB

SPAM MANDURAH ART CENTREFEB

2015
SCULPTURE BY THE SEA SCULPTURE AT BATHERS BEACH

SCULPTURE BY THE SEA SCULPTURE AT BATHERS BEACH

Awards

2019
SACRED SITE GWAMBYGINE

PERTTH ROYAL SHOW ART PRIZE

Lukes Party (co-producer/director, 1991) a 16 min film which won the Cinema du Reel Paris, the San F
Lukes Party (co-producer/director, 1991) a 16 min film which won the best australian short Melbourne International Film Festival The Frames short fiction “Innovation' award Adelaide

Collections

His work has been exhibited in numerous major shows and art institutions, worldwide, including The B

Commissions

2020
PHOTOGRAPHY 1 AND 2 GOLDFIELDS

Galleries

ARTCOLLECTIVE WA 0418945011

Publications

1976
PEDESTIAN SERIES OF POSTCARDSS

WINNER AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN ARTIST BOOK AWARD 1977

2015
EXPLODING UTOPIA

PUB; BOOKMACHINE ARTSPACE VOLUME

2016
MINEFIELD

5 writers discuss a 1973 work I did in Mildura Sculpture scape victoria pub; ART & AUSTRALIA ed; E COLLESS

2017
PARALELL REALITIES niel howe

THE DEVELOPMENT OF PERFORMANCE ART IN AUSTRALIA thames and hudson

Residencies

2016
KANDOS

FOR CEMENTA 17

2016
ARTSPACE WOOLLOOMOOLOO

2015
ARTIST VILLAGE TAIPEI APRIL MAY

ARTIST VILLAGE TAIPEI APRIL MAY

Artist Statement

'Tim Burns is one of Australia’s international recognised avant-garde and socially engaged artists'... Ilsa Bennion Art On The Move Survey... ‘I am just happy to be alive and working, You can see the recent book MINEFIELD published by ART & AUSTRALIA about an early work of mine. thirddegreeburn’