Ryan Burns mines history for his environmental art. His old growth tree-stump rubbings and quasi-archaeological installations chronicle human exploitation of the natural world, excavating the future and mapping the past through large-scale works. He examines the traces left behind by time-based processes of growth and history, and catalogues the damage done.
Burns has exhibited work nationally in several universities and galleries. He is the recipient of two Puffin Foundation grants and a Regional Arts and Culture Council grant, which funds this project. His art is represented by the Augen Gallery in Portland and Barrister’s Gallery in New Orleans.