Reading the liminal: A.K. Burns

Beguiled is how I felt that first afternoon I spent with Touch Parade in 2012, at the Sculpture Center in New York. It is a priceless opportunity that living in New York affords: to see a work inhabit different spaces at different times. How an artist adapts an installation to an existing space conveys so much information about the flexibilities and constraints within that work. As if casting movements for the human body, A.K. Burns developed Touch Parade as a five-channel video installation. It’s currently included in A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial, on view until September 22, 2013.

A.K. Burns, Touch Parade (squeeze-2-pop), 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, NY.

 

A.K. Burns, Touch Parade (crush), 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, NY.
A.K. Burns, Touch Parade (crush), 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, NY.

 

A.K. Burns, Touch Parade, 2011. Installation view. ©International Center of Photography, 2013. Photograph by John Berens.
A.K. Burns, Touch Parade, 2011. Installation view. ©International Center of Photography, 2013. Photograph by John Berens.

 

A.K. Burns, Touch Parade (wading), 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, NY
A.K. Burns, Touch Parade (wading), 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, NY

 

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