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Bill Burns
updated: 04/03/2012
website: www.billburns.ca
 
   
 
 
     
 
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The List of the 100 Most Important People in the Art World and the Trees of Ontario
Those who have helped me and Those who have wronged me
Art World Celebrity Logs
The Art Dealer's Maxim
The Bienniale Curator
The Critic's Second Wife's House
Curators and Moose
The Feeding Frenzy
The Geysor and the Writer
The Publisher and the Archeologist
The Collector and the Tree Frog
Hunger and Fear
The Curator Made it Clear
The Swiss and the Tent Trailer
A Large Group of Artist and Curators were found
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, childhood, autobiographical, conceptual, books, humor, landscape, illustration, nature
 
 
The List of the 100 Most Important People in the Art World and the Trees of Ontario by Bill Burns
The List of the 100 Most Important People in the Art World and the Trees of Ontario
pencil on paper
2010
12" x  22"  x 1" 
Those who have helped me and Those who have wronged me by Bill Burns
Those who have helped me and Those who have wronged me
Chalk on Wall
2012
4" x  7" 
Art World Celebrity Logs by Bill Burns
Art World Celebrity Logs
Carved Logs in Piles (about 50 inches long each)
2011/2012
Dimensions variable
The Art Dealer's Maxim by Bill Burns
The Art Dealer's Maxim
Watercolour on paper
2011
12" x  9" 
The Bienniale Curator by Bill Burns
The Bienniale Curator
Watercolour on paper
2011
12 " x  9 " 
The Critic's Second Wife's House by Bill Burns
The Critic's Second Wife's House
Watercolour
2011
12" x  9" 
Curators and Moose by Bill Burns
Curators and Moose
Watercolour
2011
12" x  9" 
The Feeding Frenzy by Bill Burns
The Feeding Frenzy
Watercolour
2011
12" x  9" 
The Geysor and the Writer by Bill Burns
The Geysor and the Writer
Watercolour
2011
12" x  9" 
The Publisher and the Archeologist by Bill Burns
The Publisher and the Archeologist
Watercolour
2011
12" x  9" 
The Collector and the Tree Frog by Bill Burns
The Collector and the Tree Frog
Watercolour
2012
12" x  9" 
Hunger and Fear by Bill Burns
Hunger and Fear
Watercolour
2011
12" x  9" 
The Curator Made it Clear by Bill Burns
The Curator Made it Clear
Watercolour
2011
12" x  9" 
The Swiss and the Tent Trailer by Bill Burns
The Swiss and the Tent Trailer
Watercolour
2010
12" x  9" 
A Large Group of Artist and Curators were found by Bill Burns
A Large Group of Artist and Curators were found
Watercolour
2012
12" x  9" 

Artist Statement
 Art World Celebrity Logs and A Brownnoser’s Story

Art World Celebrity Logs are specially carved logs.  They are partly a record of the artist’s life in the art world and partly an entreaty to it.  They also concern personal and pecuniary relations between the artists and critics, dealers, collectors and museums. 

Each Art World Celebrity Log is selected from  fine Green and Black Alder logs found on a conservation woodlot in Northern Ontario. On each log is engraved the name of an art world celebrity. Celebrity names are taken from lists such as the ArtReview’s Power 100 and the ARTnews’ top 200 collectors lists. The art world luminaries whose names are included on these lists and these logs include Hans Ulrich Obrist, Anne Pasternak, Maria Lind, Jerry Saltz, Ai Weiwei and more. 

After the names are carved on the logs they are coated with a milk and honey. This coating makes an exceptionally durable surface and provides a rich biblical reference at the same time.  Custom made unbleached cotton zip-up log carrier bags are provided to discerning collectors.  Because each log carrier bag is made to measure every bag, like every log, is unique.

The associated watercolour drawings called A Brownnoser’s Story illustrates the life of the artist and his relationships in the art world. The pictures describe the artist’s adventures and misadventures with some of the same people whose names are carved on the celebrity logs mentioned above. Because the artist is a great lover of nature these events often take place in northern woodlands or in tropical archipelagos. The watercolours extend the theme of the brownnosing artist and describe his relationships to art world celebrity. A Brownnoser’s Story conflates the artist’s childhood in Saskatchewan, his work in animal rescue and relocation, his love of the great outdoors and the slings and arrows of a career in conceptual art in Sao Paulo, Toronto, London and New York.

Artist Bio / CV

Bill Burns is an artist and writer living in Toronto, Canada.

His drawings and installations about the art world, animals and civil society has been shown in solo projects at the Fondacion Cristina Enea, San Sebastian, Spain (2010), Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2008), the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2007) and the Wellcome Trust, London (2002) as well as in thematic shows at the Museum of Art, Seoul (2002); and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006).

His artist’s books include Bird Radio, (KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, 2007); The Guide to the Flora and Fauna Information Station, (Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England, 2008); Three Books and an Audio CD About Plants and Animals and War (Verlag der Buchhanlung Walther Konig, Cologne, Germany, 2011); Dogs and Boats and Airplanes told in the form of Ivan the Terrible, (Space Poetry, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2011). His editions are included in collections at the MoMA, New York, Tate Britain, London and Cabinet de estampes, Geneva.

He is not represented by a gallery in New York.