Edwin Burdis

Edwin Burdis’ multifaceted practice traverses drawing, painting, sculpture, film, sound installation and performance, all part of an on-going compulsion to produce. In his current practice he is focused on the production of an imagined opera. Rather than striving to stage this opera, Burdis creates works that are born from this factory for producing the opera – which include an unusual cast of characters; dancers; singers; countryside and urban landscapes; architecture; musical instruments; a car mechanics; and a car engine – and depict various themes reflecting on contemporary Britain.

Burdis’ interest in opera has evolved from a previous body of work described loosely as ‘Magpie Operas’ – including ‘MegaDairyPigFarm’; ‘Jugs and Aqueducts’; and ‘The Fruit Machine’ – which consisted of live and pre-recorded sound being presented within two- and three-dimensional painted installations.

“Ambition drips from every facet of Burdis’ multi-foiled practice. The strength and depth of his imagination spills out chaotically like the contents of a laden sack that’s been sliced open.” – NW Johnson, This is tomorrow, Edwin Burdis, UIB, 2014.

 

Edwin Burdis (b. 1974, Newcastle, UK) has significantly contributed to the London art scene for over a decade and is now based between London and Wales.

Burdis has had solo exhibitions and presentations at galleries and institutions internationally including: Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, Scotland (2015); VITRINE, Basel, CH (2016) and London, UK (2014); Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK (2013); Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2013); MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK (2013); Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2013); Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK (2012).

His work has been presented in group exhibitions and performance programmes at galleries, institutions and museums internationally, including: Cardiff Contemporary Visual Arts Festival, Wales; ICA, London, UK; TATE Modern and TATE Britain, London, UK; g|39, Cardiff, Wales; Jerwood Visual Arts, London, UK; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; South London Gallery, London, UK; Focal Point Gallery, Southend UK; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK; New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK; Arnolfini, Bristol, UK; Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Skanes Kunstforening, Malmo, Sweden; and Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York, USA.

He received an Arts Council England bursary to produce his feature length operatic film work ‘Light Green and Dark Grey (A Personal View)’ (2014); was commissioned for VITRINE’s SCULPTURE AT public sculpture commission (2015); had a residency at Primary, Nottingham, UK (2014); a major commission and residency at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh (2015); and he received a Creative Wales Award (2016/2017).

He has a forthcoming public art commission ‘The Salty Singing Spectacle of Shiny Sozzled Sailors’ for Plymouth Weekender 2017 and he will be presented with a solo booth at ARTISSIMA 2017.

Edwin Burdis, AutoLaque, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nici Jost.

Edwin Burdis, AutoLaque, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nici Jost.

Edwin Burdis, AutoLaque, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nici Jost.

Edwin Burdis, AutoLaque, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nici Jost.

Edwin Burdis, AutoLaque, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer Nici Jost.

Edwin Burdis, The Thickening, 2015. Installation view. Photographer Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, The Thickening, 2015. Installation view. Photographer Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, The Thickening, 2015. Installation view. Photographer Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, The Thickening, 2015. Installation view. Photographer Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, Multiple points in this crude landscape, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of PRIMARY.

Edwin Burdis, The Plumbers (Hygienic Gaze), 2014. Installation view. VITRINE, Bermondsey Street.

Edwin Burdis, The Plumbers (Hygienic Gaze), 2014. Installation view. VITRINE, Bermondsey Street.

Edwin Burdis, Mega Dairy Pig Farm, 2012. Installation view. Courtesy of Max Wigram Gallery.

Edwin Burdis, Recent British Painting, 2012. Installation view. Courtesy of Grimm Gallery.

Edwin Burdis, Home Service, 2011. Installation view. Courtesy of Hayward Gallery.

Edwin Burdis, Home Service, 2011. Installation view. Courtesy of Hayward Gallery.

Edwin Burdis, 'The Amp' performance at Sid Motion Gallery 2017.

Edwin Burdis, D'Bank, 2016. Treated plywood, acrylic, gloss, spray, car body filler, soft wood timber, screws, wood glue, 91.50 x 122 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Speaker Two, 2016. Treated plywood, acrylic, gloss, spray, car body filler, soft wood timber, screws, wood glue, 91.50 x 122 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Tom Hanks, 2016. Treated plywood, acrylic, gloss, spray, car body filler, soft wood timber, screws, wood glue, 91.50 x 122 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Soul Bird, 2016. Treated plywood, acrylic, gloss, spray, car body filler, soft wood timber, screws, wood glue, 91.50 x 122 cm.

Edwin Burdis, A Man About Town, 2016. Treated plywood, acrylic, gloss, spray, car body filler, soft wood timber, screws, wood glue, 91.50 x 122 cm.

Edwin Burdis, It's Just A Joke, 2016. Treated plywood, acrylic, gloss, spray, car body filler, soft wood timber, screws, wood glue, 91.50 x 122 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Just A Bag Of Corruptions, 2016, Treated plywood, acrylic, gloss, spray, car body filler, soft wood timber, screws, wood glue, 91.50 x 122 cm

Edwin Burdis, Groupie Bloom Drinking, 2016. Treated plywood, acrylic, gloss, spray, car body filler, soft wood timber, screws, wood glue, 91.50 x 122 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Mechanically Good Natured, 2016. Treated plywood, acrylic, gloss, spray, car body filler, soft wood timber, screws, wood glue, 122 x 183 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Brightens and Tightens, 2016. Treated plywood, acrylic, gloss, spray, car body filler, soft wood timber, screws, wood glue, sock, 122 x 183 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Edwin Burdis, Building A Monster (Part Of The Process), 2016. Treated plywood, acrylic, gloss, spray, car body filler, soft wood timber, screws, wood glue, bricks, 122 x 183 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Edwin Burdis, Domestic Kiss, 2016. Treated plywood, acrylic, gloss, spray, car body filler, soft wood timber, screws, wood glue, sock, towel, 91.50 x 122 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Edwin Burdis, Maintenance (Rabbit, Tooth and Organ), 2016. Plywood, flexi plywood, MDF, expanding foam, screws, filler, emulsion paint, softwood timber, cable, towel, socks, 240 x 130 x 39cm; 124 x 84 x 30cm; 142 x 84 x 30cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Edwin Burdis, The Thickening 1, 2015. Gloss, acrylic paint and varnish 160 x 200 x 3 cm. Photographer:Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, The Thickening 2, 2015. Gloss, acrylic paint and varnish 160 x 200 x 3 cm. Photographer: Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, The Thickening 3, 2015. Gloss, acrylic paint and varnish 160 x 200 x 3 cm. Photographer: Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, A Cure (or meat dreaming), 2015. Performance and sound piece. Photographer: Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, A Cure (or meat dreaming), 2015. Performance and sound piece. Photographer: Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, A Cure (or meat dreaming), 2015. Performance and sound piece. Photographer: Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, The Thickening, 2015. Photographer: Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, The Band (Teeth 2), 2015. Marine and flex ply, acrylic and spray paint, 156 x 120 x 90 cm. Photographer: Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, The Band (Teeth 7), 2015. Marine and flex ply, acrylic and spray paint, 98 x 220 x 15 cm. Photographer: Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, Maquette 1, 2015. Card and spray paint, 46 x 30 x 24 cm. Photographer: Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, Maquette 2, 2015. Card and spray paint, 26 x 50 x 21 cm. Photographer: Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, Maquette 3, 2015. Card and spray paint, 28 x 27 x 28 cm. Photographer: Ruth Clark. Courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Edwin Burdis, UIB or A Blue Jean Girl and her Boy Toy Bitch (Detail), 2014. Plywood, collage, gloss, sports socks and acrylic paint, sound system. Courtesy of PRIMARY.

Edwin Burdis, UIB or A Blue Jean Girl and her Boy Toy Bitch (Detail), 2014. Plywood, collage, gloss, sports socks and acrylic paint, sound system. Courtesy of PRIMARY.

Edwin Burdis, UIB or A Blue Jean Girl and her Boy Toy Bitch (Detail), 2014. Plywood, collage, gloss, sports socks and acrylic paint, sound system. Courtesy of PRIMARY.

Edwin Burdis, Brad Pitt's Bruised Bits (Public Sculpture Commission), 2015. Marine and flex ply, acrylic and spray paint. Installation view. SCULPTURE AT Bermondsey Square. Public sculpture commission (commissioned by VITRINE. Funded by Arts Council England and further partners.

Edwin Burdis, The Plumbers: Hong “N” Ming, 2014. Acrylic, gloss paint and mixed media on plywood, 179.5 x 197.6 x 3 cm.

Edwin Burdis, The Plumbers: Boy Bradley, 2014. Acrylic, gloss paint and mixed media on plywood, 73 x 215 x 3 cm.

Edwin Burdis, The Plumbers: Lazarus Long, 2014. Acrylic, gloss paint and mixed media on plywood, 55 x 194 x 3 cm. Installation view. VITRINE, Bermondsey Street. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett

Edwin Burdis, Chaka Baggins (A Professional Plumber), 2014. Acrylic, gloss paint and mixed media on plywood.

Edwin Burdis, The Little Plumbers 1, 2013. Pencil and masking tape on paper, framed, 22.1 x 29.9 cm.

Edwin Burdis, The Little Plumbers 2, 2013. Pencil and masking tape on paper, framed, 22.1 x 29.9 cm.

Edwin Burdis, The Fruit Machine, 2013. Acrylic and gloss on plywood, painting and opera, 750 x 335 cm. Photographer: Mark Searle.

Edwin Burdis, The Fruit Machine (Detail), 2013. Acrylic and gloss on plywood, painting and opera, 750 x 335 cm. Photographer: Mark Searle.

Edwin Burdis, The Fruit Machine, 2013. Acrylic and gloss on plywood, painting and opera, 750 x 335 cm. Photographer: Mark Searle.

Edwin Burdis, Pearl Earring, 2013. Wax crayon, pencil, paper, spray paint, acrylic and gloss on MDF, 129 x 120 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Mega Dairy Pig Farm, 2012. Acrylic and gloss on MDF with Opera (Sound File), 164 x 120 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Bird On Bird Action, 2012. Acrylic on MDF, 127 x 120 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Cabbage Lung, 2012. Acrylic gloss on MDF, 150 x 102 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Able Bodied Arseholes, 2012. Acrylic and gloss on MDF, 122 x 116 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Brown Butter, 2012. Acrylic and gloss on MDF, 120 x 127 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Digging For Some King Sized Value, 2012. Acrylic and gloss on MDF, 122 x 125 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Black Sacks, 2012. Acrylic and gloss paint on MDF, 82 x 119 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Sixteen, 2012. Acrylic and gloss on MDF, 122 x 116 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Living in Cloud Cuckoo Land (with a chocolate car), 2012. Acrylic and gloss on MDF, 156 x 120 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Gucci Wearing Red Rubber Frodo, 2012. Acrylic and house hold gloss paint on plywood, 112 x 189 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Fig 1, 2012. Acrylic and gloss on plywood, 68 x 68 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Fig 7, 2012. Acrylic and gloss on plywood, 90 x 90 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Fig 2, 2012. Acrylic and gloss on plywood, 68 x 68 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Gum Camera, 2011. Acrylic and gloss on plywood, 94 x 105 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Home Service, 2011. Performance.

Edwin Burdis, Back, Sack and Crack No. 32, 2009. Wax crayons and poster paints on paper, framed 42 x 59 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Back, Sack and Crack No. 31, 2009. Wax crayons and poster paints on paper, framed 42 x 59 cm.

Edwin Burdis, Crack, Sack and Back Series, 2010. Wax crayons and poster paints on paper, framed 42 x 59 cm.

Edwin Burdis, LONGMEG, 2010. Performance poster.

Edwin Burdis, The Solent, 2006. Porcelain.

Edwin Burdis, DonAteller, 2000. Performance poster.

Edwin Burdis, DonAteller, 2003. Performance. Courtesy of Studio 672.

Edwin Burdis, BIGBOXSTATUEACTION, 2003. Performance. Courtesy of Tate Britain.

Edwin Burdis, DonAteller, 2002. Performance. Courtesy of Chusseetrsse 37, Berlin.

Edwin Burdis
The Fruit Machine
2013
Opera and painting. Acrylic and gloss on plywood. Sound.