Dark Matter at the Chapel Performance Space

March 25 2014

I'm excited to announce that this Saturday March 29th at 8pm I will be part of a fantastic night of experimental music and video at the Chapel Performance Space.

Check out the trailer for Dark Matter which will debut with the score by Leaha Maria Villarreal performed live.

The official press release is below and you can access the digital invite here.

The Box is Empty presents new works by Seattle composer Nat Evans and New York-based composer Leaha Villarreal.

Evans has collaborated with writer Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and a team of lens-based artists to create a new work for chamber ensemble, field recordings, spoken text and a series of videos. More Comfort explores the evolution of our relation to different screens in our lives, mobile devices and televisions as a hearth place, and the nature of our contemporary interactions and language. The videos presented are by artist Rodrigo Valenzuela with additional video curation by Interstitial Theatre’s Julia Greenway.

Villareal presents a series of works for strings: a quartet originally written for the JACK Quartet, a septet, and a new trio. The quartet is inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days. Seattle artist Erin Elyse Burns will present a new video Dark Matter with Villarreal’s music. In addition to composing, Villarreal is also the artistic director of Hotel Elefant, which regularly presents contemporary music across New York City.

This week!

March 12 2014

Video Library (vol. 1) has its opening reception and viewing party tomorrow Thurs. March 13 at the Hedreen Gallery from 7-9pm. The exhibition is curated by Amanda Manitach and includes a rotating selection of videos by Seattle artists.

Currently on view (with additions and rotations through April 12):

Megumi Shauna Arai (in collaboration with Scott Everett), Andy Arkley, Zack Bent, Erin Elyse Burns, Saskia Delores, Ellie Dicola, Erin Frost, Dakota Gearhart, Klara Glossova (in collaboration with Janel Twogood), Jason Hirata, Rachael Lang, Kat Larson, Benjamin Van Citters (in collaboration with Dan Shumow & Wakuda), Joey Veltkamp and Susanna Bluhm
Here are some thoughts on the piece.

And! My brand new project Light Map opens on the digital exhibition space, Violet Strays, Friday March 14. Here's a sneak preview image for you.


Spring 2014 Happenings!

February 18 2014

As it turns out, I have a website! A lot has happened since my last blog entry... You can fill in the blanks with your vivid imaginations.

Lots of things brewing for this Spring!

Curator Elizabeth Brown jurored the group show Bodies at NSCC Art Gallery through an international call. I'm very excited to be included. It opens Thurs. Feb. 20 with receptions at 1-2pm, Brown's curator's lecture at 2pm, and another reception at 5-7pm. I hope you can make it.


Amanda Manitach has put together an exhibition of all video work at Hedreen Gallery called Video Library (vol. 1). As the title suggests, there's more greatness to come! The show opens March 13th from 7-9pm. Come check out some northwest video work.

On March 14th I will be launching some new work on Serrah Russell and Alyssa Volpigno's amazing online exhibition space Violet Strays. More details coming soon!

And as if March weren't amazing enough already, I'll be priemiering a new video in collaboration with the fantastic Leah Villarreal at the Chapel Performance Space on March 29 at 8pm. Composer Nat Evans has organized this event and will be debuting an exciting new work in collaboration with writer Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and artist Rodrigo Valenzuela. It will be an incredible experience for the eyes and ears!


August 28 2013

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I'm super excited to be making work for the NEPO 5K again! Below you'll find this year's press release.

Alwyn O'Brien and I will be collaborating on a performance piece entitled Idle in which we will create a tree swing in Daejeon Park. We will swing for the duration of the NEPO 5K event, drawing inspiration from Rococo concepts of the idle that will be contrasted against the physical endurance of the act.

I hope to see you all there!


Get ready! This boundary-blurring, community-involving, city-loving art event is slowly sauntering into existence once again!

On Saturday September 7th 2013 NEPO House is proud to present the third iteration of NEPO 5k DON'T RUN, a 5km art walk from the International District to Beacon Hill. The route will be packed with over 60 projects: visual art and sculptural installations, interactive artworks, poetry readings, video projections, sound installations, music and theatrical performances. Artists will install and perform along the ordinary city streets, in garages, a pagoda, meadows along a bike path, below a bridge and under a freeway overpass. Every aspect of this walk is a creative happening – a visual and symbolic experiment in creating a more enjoyable world through active participation.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7th 2013, 12 - 8 PM
ADMISSION $10 (children are free)


Kate Clark and Alexandria Kewitt / Robert Hardgrave / Nathaniel Russell / Timothy Cross, Casey Keeler and Ephraim Russell / Taylor Pinton / Rumi Koshino / Sol Hashemi / Serrah Russell / Drew Miller / Nicki Sucec / Graham Downing / Carolyn Law / Erin Pike and Flatchestedmama / Paul Komada and Nicholas Nyland / Sarah Galvin, Riley Christiansen and Willie Fitzgerald / Kat Larson / Brandon Aleson and Jesse Montini-Vose / Virginia Wilcox / Vanessa DeWolf, Lydia Swartz and Christin Call / A K Mimi Allin / Chris Burnside / Francesca Lohmann / Rodrigo Valenzuela and Anastasia Hill / Jess Klein and D.K. Pan / GENDER TENDER (Syniva Whitney, Will Courtney and guests) / Adam Boehmer / Nat Evans / Julia Freeman and Ben von Wildenhaus / Julia Haack / Tara Atkinson and Justin Duffus / meadow starts with p / Erin Elyse Burns and Alwyn O'Brien / Erin Frost / Kathryn Rathke, Jake Nelson and Barry Wright / Magdalena Hill / Alan Petty and Dakota Gearhart / Pete Fleming / Max Kraushaar / Keeara Rhoades / JD Banke / Lindsey Apodaca and Tarrah / Saya Moriyasu / Hanita Schwartz / PDL / Ruth Marie Tomlinson / Aaron Asis and Keith MacLean / Estee Clifford and Molly Sides / Midwest (Sean Johnson and Jason Wood) / Eric E. Aguilar / New Animals / Ken Turner / Mario Lemafa / Carolina Silva / Glenn Herlihy and Seanjohn Walsh / Alice Gosti / Maggie Carson Romano / Joel Kvernmo / Devon Midori Hale / Jennifer Zwick / Ryan Fedyk / Jared Bender / Jason Hirata.

REGISTRATION by Vis-a-Vis Society. MC: Joey Veltkamp. (12:00 - 3:00 pm)

ARTWALK (1:00 - 6:00 pm)

FINISH LINE entertainment, featuring music by Pollens and Iska Dhaaf, slideshow by SlideLuck, DJ, performances and more. Food trucks and beer garden. (5:30 - 8:00 pm)

Posters, maps and signs by: Jonathan Horn, Derek Erdman, Olivia McCausland, Aidain Fitzgerald and Jake Muilenberg.

Curated by Klara Glosova, Sierra Stinson and Zack Bent.

Visit: nepohouse.org
Contact: info@nepohouse.org

FB event page

This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture. This program is also supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). NEPO House is an Associated Program of Shunpike.



Both Are: a compound love story

June 5 2013

I am pleased to announce my participation in a group show curated by Serrah Russell at PRISM in Ballard, Seattle. Please join me this Saturday, June 8th from 7-10pm for the opening reception!

Here's the Press Release:

Both Are: a compound love story
A group exhibition inspired by J.D. Salinger's short stories, Franny and Zooey.
Curated by Serrah Russell

Opening Reception | June 8th, 2013, 7 - 10 pm
June 8 - July 25, 2013

Allison Manch
Amelia Hooning
Diane Bolme
Erin Elyse Burns
Hannah Russell
Maggie Carson Romano
Sierra Stinson

For Both Are: A Compound Love Story, seven artists were invited to create new work responding to J.D. Salinger's short stories, Franny and Zooey. Using video, photography, collage, drawing and embroidery, the works are varied and distinct as each artist finds inspiration in characters, themes and phrases within the dense work. The works speak to both the person and direction of the artist, as unique sources of inspiration combine and collide to tell their own story.

http://prismcollectionseattle.blogspot.com 5208 Ballard Avenue NW
 Seattle, WA 98107
 Open Daily, 11-7

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Image credit: Erin Elyse Burns, The Empty Vapor, Video Still, 2013

Tickets Now Available for Litany Performances!

March 19 2013

Check it out! Reserve your spot for a performance of Litany on April 3rd or 5th!


Doors:                       6pm
1st Performance:    6:30pm
Q & A Discussion:  7pm
2nd Performance:  7:30pm

Installation Views of Litany at A Project Space

March 18 2013

Here are a few installation views of Litany as it evolves at A Project Space. The residency has been such a rewarding experience! Can't wait to see you all at the performances in April. Stayed tuned for more details.





Artist Residency at A Project Space: Opening Reception Tonight!

March 9 2013

Tonight is the opening of my new video work at a project space in Sodo. It has been an amazing week of installing and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working in the space all month!

is a multi video projection piece that has been described as "like being inside a fog-filled cocoon."

I will be doing studio visits by appointment throughout the month of March, so if you're interested in visiting, drop me a line!

At the end of the residency, there will be a series of musical performances by my collaborator, Jeremiah Cawley, which will be reservation strongly encouraged (space is limited!) Check back for upcoming details here and here.

Here's a sneak peek with some installation snapshots:





Spring Happenings!

February 28 2013

Spring is shaping up quite nicely with many projects afoot!

Heat Whispers launches at 4Culture's e4c Gallery this First Thursday March 7th and will be on display the whole year! Very exciting.


And a new project at Sally Schuh's a project space opens on Sat. March 9th from 6-8pm. 

Here's some info. from the Press Release about the work at a project space:

"In March a project space welcomes Erin Elyse Burns for a month-long residency. Burns will develop immersive video which will explore mental imagery inspired by composer John Cage’s 1980 piece entitled “Litany for the Whale.” The Cage piece is a vocal work for two voices with a call and response structure reminiscent of religious chants. The video Burns will create is designed to complement the sound through a series of vignettes, which build upon each other. In collaboration with London and Seattle-based musician, Jeremiah Cawley, the residency will include live musical performances on Wednesday, April 3rd and at the closing reception on Friday, April 5th."


I hope to see you often this Spring!


Trespasses as Whispers Installation Views

February 16 2013

Here are a few installation views I took of Trespasses as Whispers at Sierra Arts Foundation. Thank you to everyone involved and a very special thanks to Nick Larsen for being so intergral to making this exhibition happen!






ONN/OF Light Festival 2013

January 22 2013

Jan. 26 - 27 will host this year's ONN/OF Light Festival curated by Sierra Stinson and Susan Robb. The event is being held in an defunct BMW car dealership in Capitol Hill. There will be dozens of visual artists contributing work, including myself, sound installations (a new work by Nat Evans collaborating with John Teske) and workshops galore! I may even pour you a drink. Mark your calendars everyone, it's going to be fabulous way to ward away the gray.

New Exhibition

January 20 2013

I'm honored to have had the privilege to curate and participate in this show at Sierra Arts Foundation in Reno, NV. If you're in Northern Nevada, please stop on by and check it out.
I will travel to Reno for the closing reception on Feb. 1st. If you're in town, see you there!