A.K. BURNS: NEGATIVE SPACE

7 September – 15 December 2019

OPENING HOURS: SUNDAYS, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.



JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION,
SCHANZENSTRASSE 54, 40549 DÜSSELDORF

Opening: 5 September, 6:00 p.m.

Artist talk: 16 November, 4:00 p.m.

 

The JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION is pleased to present the first institutional solo exhibition by New York–based artist A.K. Burns in Germany. Burns’ interdisciplinary practice explores the body as a contentious domain, using video, installation, sculpture, drawing, and collaboration to agitate systems of value. Embedded within new materialist and feminist theories, the body in Burns’ work is multifaceted and fluid, mutually permeating and penetrated by its environment, socio-historical forces, and the material world. 

The exhibition NEGATIVE SPACE is comprised of three large-scale multimedia installations that are a part of an ongoing cycle of work of the same name. In the series, Burns raises questions about marginalized bodies and their relationship to place, resource allocation, and environmental fragility. This cycle of works uses allegory and science-fiction tropes to propose an alternative ontology that explores the “intra-action” of human and non-human entities.  The term “intra-action,” coined by physicist and philosopher Karen Barad, is foundational to this series. It refers directly to Barad’s concept of agential realism in which she suggests that all entities, including humans, do not precede their intra-action but come into being together—one producing the other and vice versa. This approach upends the humanist separation of subject and object, nature and culture, instead propagating an entangled existence “where actions of human bodies, non-human creatures, ecological systems, and chemical agents interrelate.”

NEGATIVE SPACE is part of horizontal vertigo, a year-long program at the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION in Düsseldorf and Berlin, curated by Lisa Long.