PTC’s Digital Art(Net)work Presents: Bill Burns

Bill Burns: Highlighted from 9/15 – 10/15, 2014

Bill Burns Featured Artist PTC The (Art)Network, Paint the City DOT ORGBill Burns was born to a bookselling family in Regina, Saskatchewan. His work examines our complex relationship to nature and advanced industry. He took his Master’s degree at Goldsmiths College in London, England and has produced exhibitions in major museums around the world. He is currently showing work at the Biennale of the Moving Image in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 — The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is pleased to co-present an off-site project by Canadian artist Bill Burns. Presented in partnership with Allvision billboards’ Paint the City programme, from September 15 to October 15, 2014, Billboards for Curators and Artists will appear as electronic billboards in select locations in Toronto, Vancouver and Montréal.

Modelled after the prayer form known as a litany, Burns’ petitions in billboard form include:
Beatrix Ruf Priez Pour Nous
Jeff Wall Watch Over Us
Vasif Kortun Livrai-Nos
Hou Hanru Hear Us

The billboards appear as a series of entreaties in several languages. The entreaties evoke the names of influential art world figures. Although these people are not household names, the idea of asking the powerful for assistance has universal appeal. Appearing in a common public forum, the pleas reveal the weighty persons who have achieved and can help achieve art-world success. Billboards for Curators and Artists is part of the group exhibition TBD at MOCCA, on view until October 26th. The exhibition title TBD, most typically used as an acronym for “to be determined,” proposes that the definition of a contemporary art gallery is not fixed. TBD scrutinizes the power and potential within contemporary art galleries in order to imagine possible futures and new approaches.
In addition to Burns’s off-site project, the artist is exhibiting work from his Art World Celebrity series at MOCCA, including the works Pompidou #2, SFMoMA #2 and Cessna with banner.
Bill Burns is a conceptual artist based in Toronto and Dawson City. He studied at Goldsmiths College in London, England. Burns’ most recognized body of work is Safety Gear for Small Animals which has been shown widely, including at the MOMA, New York and at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. His current work about life in the art world has been shown at MASS MoCA, North Adams and most recently, Hippolyte, Helsinki.

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art was born on the cusp of the millennium and has exploded onto the Toronto and Canadian art scene with ambitious local-to-global programming. Showcasing the work of 1,000 Canadian and international artists since re-locating to Queen Street West in 2005, MOCCA functions as a hub for cultural production and creative exchange. With a pioneering approach to partnership, MOCCA actively collaborates with like-minded organizations, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the National Gallery of Canada. All programs and activities of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art are supported by Toronto Culture, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, BMO Financial Group, CISCO, individual memberships and private donations.

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