The Fruit Machine
Opera and painting. Acrylic and gloss on plywood. Sound.
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.
He received a Creative Wales Award (2016/2017) and an Arts Council England bursary to produce his operatic film work ‘Light Green and Dark Grey (A Personal View)’ (2014). He had a commission and residency at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh (2015); was commissioned for SCULPTURE AT Bermondsey Square, London, (2015); and had a residency at Primary, Nottingham, UK (2014).
His work has been presented internationally, including: Hayward Gallery, London; Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, Scotland; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK; Arnolfini, Bristol, UK; MOMA Machynlleth, Wales, UK; ICA, London, UK; TATE Modern and TATE Britain, London, UK; g|39, Cardiff, Wales, UK; Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK; Jerwood Visual Arts, London, UK; Plymouth Art Weekender, Plymouth, UK; Cardiff Contemporary Visual Arts Festival, Wales, 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; Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, D; Skanes Kunstforening, Malmo, Sweden; Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York, USA; and at the art fair ARTISSIMA, Turin, IT (solo stand with VITRINE).
Burdis is currently working on a feature length film set in South Wales and to be screened internationally in 2020 and he is the first artist-in-residence at Domino Records.