David Allen Burns

David Burns is a life-long Californian and native of Los Angeles. He earned an MFA in Studio Art from UC Irvine and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts. David is a co-founder of Fallen Fruit, a contemporary art collective that uses fruit as a material for creating art projects that investigate the boundaries of public spaces, including urban geographies, historical archives and bi-located geographies. Prior to his work with Fallen Fruit, David was core faculty in two programs at CalArts from 1994 to 2008. Currently, David is faculty in the graduate program for Fine Art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. David’s curatorial practice investigates narrative structures in contemporary art with notable exhibitions for the journal Leonardo at MIT; the Armory Center for the Arts and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Concurrent to the development of his career in contemporary art and academics, David has also built expertise in corporate branding strategy, advertising and media as a technical consultant for notable projects with Mercedes Benz, Discovery Channel, SEGA Gameworks and others. David’s work activates the nuances of social spaces, public archives and cultural indexes by creating works of art that are expressions of people and place and reframe conventional concepts of the real-world with shifts of meaning in real-time.