David Burns

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David Burns is an artist who currently lives and works in Southern California; he received his BFA is from CalArts and he received his MFA from UC Irvine. David’s solo projects have been shown in exhibitions and festivals including: The Getty Center, The Tate Modern, Artist’s Space, Chicago Underground Film Festival, MIX, NEWFEST, and others. His recent curatorial projects include: eatLACMA for Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Sight of Place for University Art Gallery at UCIrvine, The Drama of the Gifted Child for The Armory Center for the Arts and Embodied Technologies for Art Interactive & Leonardo.  Reviews and publishing on this recent work may be seen in Art in America, ArtForum, X-tra, Frieze, Cabinet, Artillery, The Los Angeles Times, and more.

Burns is one of the co-founders of the art collaborative Fallen Fruit, founded in 2004.  The project originated as a manifesto that used neighborhoods and the fruit growing in public space as a means of re-examining our relationship with the world around us.  The collaborative work includes serialized public projects and site-specific installations and happenings in various cities around the world.  By working with fruit as a material or media, the catalogue of projects and works reimagine public interactions with the margins of urban space, systems of community and narrative real-time experience.  Fallen Fruit’s visual work includes an ongoing series of narrative photographs, wallpapers, everyday objects and video works that explore the social and political implications of our relationship to fruit and world around us.  Recent curatorial projects reindex the social and historical complexities of museums and archives by re-installing permanent collections through syntactical relationships of fruit as subject matter.  Recent exhibition projects from Fallen Fruit includes; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Intermediea @ Matedero, ARCO, Madrid, Ars Electronica, Austria, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Machine Project and others.

Part 2 of Burns’ interview