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.