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