Bill Burns
Dogs and Boats and Airplanes told in the form of Ivan the Terrible

Dogs and Boats and Airplanes told in the form of Ivan the Terrible is modeled on Sergei Eisenstein’s classic film of love, war and nation building, Ivan the Terrible Part 1. I have endeavoured, as much as possible, to remain true to Eisenstein’s original work with the exception of replacing the film’s movement, players and story with pictures of dogs and boats and airplanes. The pictures in this book were taken on my travels between 2002 and 2011. The index at the back of the book indicates where the pictures were taken. The front pages and back pages of this book are remade by the artist after pictures by Lyubov Popova.

Published by Space Poetry
ISBN: 978-87-7603-113-8
12.7 x17.8 cm, 192 pp, two colour offset, linen bound, machine coptic stitching, 2011
Edition of 500
$30 CAD

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Bill Burns is an artist living in Toronto. His work about animals and civil society has been shown in solo projects at the Foundation Cristina Enea, San Sebastien, Spain (2010), Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2008), the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2007) and the Wellcome Trust, London (2002) as well as in major thematic shows at the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2002) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006). His multidisciplinary projects include writing, audio, photography, print and sculpture. He is the artistic director of the Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Children’s Choir whose entire non-linguistic repertoire is developed in collaboration with choristers and which will embark on a tour of Australia in 2013. His books include When Pain Strikes, an anthology about pain and its relief, (Burns, Busby, Sawchuk, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1999; Dogs and Boats and Airplanes told in the form of Ivan the Terrible, (Space Poetry, Copenhagen, 2011) Three Books and an Audio CD About Plants and Animals and War (ICA, London, KWAG, Kitchener, KW, Berlin, YYZ, Toronto and Verlag der Buchhanlung Walther Konig, Cologne, Germany, 2007-2011). His books and editions are included in collections around the world including the MoMA, New York, Getty Center, Los Angeles, Tate Britain, London and Cabinet de estampes, Geneva.

Space Poetry is a danish visual art publisher that publishes books and Pist Protta Magazine since 1981. Its books and Pist Protta are nearly always made and designed by artists, and it is always edited by the same three artists: Åse Eg Jørgensen, Jesper Fabricius and Jesper Rasmussen. Pist Protta has been published since 1981, and with that it is one of the oldest living visual art periodicals in Denmark. Every publication is different from the others as regards the design and form, because with every issue there is often experiments with size, layout. paper quality, printing method, graphic effects, punch outs, fouldouts etc. in an attempt to create every number of the periodical with an original expression – or even as a work of art on its own. The content varies from very mixed issues with a lot of different material taken from visual art, litterature, cinema, music (and very often with inserts of original prints) to more thematic issues with a more homogeneous composition. Among the theme numbers there have been such publications about experimental cinema, experimental musical scores, concrete poetry, anamorphoses, hands, the white colour, Berlin, London, New York, interior installations, typography, text and landscape painting. Space Poetry and Pist Protta receive funding from The Danish Ministry of Culture and has four times been selected for Books of the Year by the danish Association for Book Design. Editions from Space Poetry have several times been exhibited on different museums and libraries in Denmark and other countries, including The Danish Museum of Decorative Art and The Royal Library of Copenhagen. forlaget Space Poetry Ahlefeldtsgade 24, 3. 1359 København K Tlf +45 33 15 30 81

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