Margaret Curtis: This, too. is on view in the Street Gallery through November 9, 2024

Ian Burnley

Born in New York City, Ian Burnley is an artist who now lives and works in Salt Lake City. He primarily makes lens-based work, both still photography and moving image. 

 Burnley mines the cultural histories and discarded ephemera of the recent past, such as old newspaper articles, magazine interviews, and print advertisements. He often collaborates with performers to re-imagine outmoded exchanges, transposing those moments from the past into a contemporary setting. Printed words are voiced again by living subjects. The uncanny, sometimes humorous re-embodiment of the original text is an invitation to viewers to reevaluate their own understanding of the source material. 

 A scripted exchange between two soap opera performers, a maquette of the Desert Inn hotel set within a landscape, an arrangement of flowers that convey a secret message, a miniature rattan chair made out of cardstock paper, and custom wallpaper installed within a domestic space are situations constructed for the camera. Burnley’s work seeks to re-stage familiar images and objects within new contexts, in order to articulate the relationship between storytelling conventions and the material qualities of his subject matter.  

 Burnley received his MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and his BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He has taught undergraduate courses in video art, photography, 16mm filmmaking, studio lighting, basic drawing, as well as color theory.