Bill Burns (artist)
Bill Burns is a Canadian artist.
Life and work
Bill Burns was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1957 and has lived and worked as an artist in Toronto, Canada and London, England. His work consists mainly of conceptual writings, artists' books and multiples. He studied under Gerard Hemsworth, Jon Thompson and John Latham at Goldsmiths College in London, England. He is known for his Safety Gear for Small Animals (SGSA) which was first shown at 303 Gallery in New York in 1994  and later at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2005/2006  and at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 2008 . His 2002 project "Everything I Could Buy on eBay About Malaria" which was shown at the Wellcome Trust in London, England is considered a seminal work in the area of electronic collecting.  His work about life in the art world known as "Veblen Goods" was shown at MASS MoCA in 2012.
Burns has published numerous books including When Pain Strikes (Burns, Busby, Sawchuk), a critical anthology about pain and pain relief, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 1999.  Other book titles include Analgesia  (Rochefort,Montreal, 1993), How to Help Animals Escape from Degraded Habitats (Optica, Montreal, 1996) Urban Fauna Information Station (Mercer Union, Toronto, 2002), Safety Gear for Small Animals (MOCCA, Toronto and California State University, Fullerton, 2005) Bird Radio (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Cologne, 2007) and The Flora and Fauna Information Service - 0.800.0.0FAUNA0FLORA (ICA, London, 2008). Burns has also published dozens of guides, posters, and editions. His editions are included in major museum collections throughout the world.
Burns’ work has been exhibited in major museums and biennial exhibitions since the nineteen nineties. His most notable exhibitions include the ICA in London, the MoMA in New York as well as Forum Arte y Vida at the Havana Bienal in Havana, Cuba in 2003, the Bienal del Fin del Mundo in Ushuaia, Argentina in 2007 and the Quebec City Biennial - Manif d'art 5, in 2010.
Bill Burns Prays to the Gods of the Art World Sarah Milroy, Globe and Mail, Toronto, Sept. 1, 2012 
Bill Burns Flora and Fauna Information Station at the ICA, Jennifer Gabrys, Afterall, London, England, 2009 
Safe: Design Takes on Risk, Antonelli, Paola et al., Museum of Modern Art, New York: 2005 
Safety Gear for Small Animals (green version), Hurtig, Annette; Burns, Bill; Sloan, Johanne; Seaton, Beth, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and MOCCA, Toronto: 2005
0.800.0FAUNA0FLORA, Burns, Bill, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London: 2008  Bird Radio - Vogelradio, Burns, Bill, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener; KW - ICA, Berlin; Walther Koenig, Cologne: 2007
Everything I Could Buy on eBay about Malaria, Burns, Bill, Wellcome Trust, London: 2002 
Safety Gear for Small Animals (red version), Burns, Bill, 303 Gallery, New York: 1994
- Bill Burns website
- Safety Gear for Small Animals