I slept in the back of a U-Haul van, lest I be forced to brave the nighttime, 40-degree temperatures sans shelter. I sported industrial goggles for days, lest the 70 mile-per-hour sandstorms fling dust into my eyes. I wore state-of-the-art Bose headphones to muffle the ceaseless drone of all-night-long, eclectic, house-electronic music. I looked on with excitement and wonder as tens of thousands of Burning Man pilgrims to the Black Rock Desert gathered around my art-collective encampment, transfixed by my metal-prints exhibition.
Burners travel around the 400-square-mile Playa by bike, as masses of week-long culture-seeking campers comprise a human hive. Pilgrims don all manner of extreme garb, or else no clothing at all–perhaps aside from from bright-blue body paint or an intricate, hand-crafted hat. Their extreme self-expression is the evident manifestation of the Black Rock Desert’s environmental extremism–searing sun by day, near-freezing temperatures by night, dust storms that rip through the encampment, and a jejune, cracked-earth landscape.
Burning Man served as the backdrop for the world premiere of my metal-prints exhibition, featuring eight 30″x45″-inch, dye-saturated aluminum sheets of metal. The two, below videos provide discussion of the desert-resistant art, which Bay Photo generously sponsored, and also problem-solving challenges of installing an exhibition in this environment. Next week, I will release the second component of this three-part Burning Man series, in which I reveal footage from the wild, dynamic event itself. Get ready for more goodies!
Enjoy, and I look forward to hearing your feedback! Did anybody else go to Burning Man? What did you see that inspired *you?