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Ian Burns’s kinetic dioramas have engaged with subjects as diverse as the war in Iraq, TV culture, colonialism, and art history. Using primitive electronics, household objects, and other assorted junk, Burns creates convoluted mechanisms that produce a simple moving image on a screen, either by live video feed to a monitor, or as a shadow-play. Elaborate and darkly humorous, Burns’s works directly to explore how images are constructed and how they are consumed.

General support for the Contemporary’s exhibitions program is generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; William E. Weiss Foundation; Regional Arts Commission; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Arts and Education Council; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Ian Burns Born in 1964 in Newcastle, Australia. Lives and works in New York

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Ian Burns