Residency: February-March 2013
Brian Burnett is an American born artist living and working in the New England region since 2005. His work addresses a broad range of socio-political topics concerning environmental science, media studies, and phenomenology. Burnett likens his material explorations to that of a natural and urban archeologist. His process often leads to the deconstruction of utilitarian objects, which are redefined into an abstract arrangement of interactive parts and systems. Burnett’s work is described as being “acutely innovative in form, theory, and myth.”
Burnett is a graduate from the Columbus College of Art and Design and received his M.F.A. from the Washington University in St. Louis Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. He is presently an assistant teacher for the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has formerly taught at St. Louis Community College Meramec, University of Maine Farmington, and Dartmouth College. Burnett has been nationally selected to install numerous exhibitions and public commissions that are often site-specific to the history of a particular place. He has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.