Desert Arts Preview: A Celebration of Art

It’s less than 100 days until the Man burns (!!) — are you starting to think about Burning Man yet? No matter where you are in your planning, you won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to preview some of the stunning art projects coming to Black Rock City in 2018.

The Desert Arts Preview is quickly approaching, and we’d like to invite you to be a part of this magical and beloved annual event. Featured artists will share their inspiration and hopes for their works-in-progress, giving you an exclusive window into their imagination and creative process.

Tree of Life by Tyler Rivenbark, Frida Ticehurst and Institute for Human Creativity

We will celebrate 30 art projects through short presentations and the art gallery, which will feature images and information on each project: from a 32’-tall polar bear made out of recycled car hoods, to a great train wreck, to a burning bird cage, to an impossible stone arch, and — one of my favorites — a giant joke-telling banana peel (only at Burning Man).

You’ll learn about the rainbow bridge from the creators of last year’s giant flamingo, and the Fergusons’ gleaming eagle — an evolution of their penny-covered sculptures, now with nickels and dimes!

Camera Lucida by Bill Evans

Meet the artists of the cactus garden that has bloomed in the wrong desert, and the oversized fire-flash Victorian-era camera. Get ready to explore an exciting range of robots, trees, giant flowers, UFOs and a wide collection of the amazing and interactive art that delights us every year in Black Rock City.

And we’re thrilled that Arthur Mamou-Mani, the lead artist of Galaxia, this year’s Temple, will be there in person from the U.K. to share insights and progress from his international team of temple builders.

Stardust by Paige Tashner

This year the Desert Arts Preview program will include a tribute to Larry Harvey. As our community continues to honor the passing of our founder, friend and original instigator, we invite you to celebrate his creative legacy and artistic vision by leaving a personal note at the special installation in the theater lobby. Profiles in the Dust has also created a video tribute that we will share with you.

It also wouldn’t be a Burning Man event without a chance to get involved. All 30 projects will include a “call to action” and ways for you to engage with the project — everything from volunteering on a build crew to offering technical or legal advice. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn how you can participate and support these artists.

Jokeatron 5200 by Natali Leduc and American Consumer Consortium

If you’re the type who prefers to be surprised when you see the art in Black Rock City, never fear — we’re featuring 30 out of 300+ projects, so there will still be many wonders in store. And if you have an artistic vision that you’d like to share, you are warmly invited to make it happen.

Wrong Desert by Wesley Skinner

Desert Arts Preview is on Sunday, 3 June at the historic Nourse Theater in San Francisco. There’s much to see, hear, sip and nibble, so make sure you arrive on time. Doors open at 6:00pm, and light fare and festive mocktails will be available as part of your admission. Fifteen speakers will then start giving their short presentations at 7:00 pm sharp. Tickets are available here and at the door.

Looking forward to seeing you there for this celebration of creativity!


Presenting Artists

Galaxia, The Temple — Arthur Mamou-Mani

Camera Lucida — Bill Evans

Chilopod — Lawrence Grown and TeamEmbrio

Kinesios — Bradley Norris and ND Collective

Long View: A Polar Bear Stands in the Desert — Don Kennell and Arctic Burn 505

Luna Flora — Elana Novali, Timjim Bear and The Coop at Arcosanti

Myriapoda Robota — David Date and Art To Be Continued…

RadiaLumia — Joerg Student, Jesse Silver and FoldHaus Collective

RE-CYCLONE — Martin Taylor and Chromaforms Art Collective

Scriptorium — Gray Davidson, Misha Naiman and Majorelle Arts

Singularity — Rebekah Waites

Stardust — Paige Tashner

The Great Train Wreck — Jeremy Evans, Debby Brower and Collaborative Artisans Reno-Sacramento

Trace — Kate Greenberg and the Dust Crusaders

Tree of Life — Tyler Rivenbark, Frida Ticehurst and Institute for Human Creativity


Art Gallery

The Gallery includes all the presenters listed above plus:

Big Pollinator — Jakob Bokulich

Bloom — Peter Hazel

B.Ÿ.T.E. — Andrew Lazorchak

Jokeatron 5200 — Natali Leduc and American Consumer Consortium

Kaleidoscope — Greg Barron

Let U.S. Prey — Mr & Mrs Ferguson Art

Odd Jelly Out — uckiood — Missy Douglas and Kim Rask

Rainbow Bridge — Josh Zubkoff

Resolute Arch — Richard Rhodes

Ring Theory — John Pertsch

Skull on Wheels — Paul Duncker

Spider Sweet — Bryan Argabrite and Chelsea Argabrite

The Intersection — Timur Kadyrov and Liya Iva

Transcendent Souls — Nicole Ashton Martin

Wrong Desert — Wesley Skinner

Plus coffee service by Dust City Diner!


Top image: RadiaLumia by the FoldHaus Collective

About the author: Katie Hazard

Katie Hazard

Katie Hazard (yes that’s her real last name) is the Program Manager of Burning Man Arts. She coordinates and serves on the BRC Honoraria Committee, and manages art processes, people, and placement - all toward having the most awesome, impactful art possible in Black Rock City and beyond. She’s been passionate about arts administration and grants management for many years; she has a degree in Art History from the University of Notre Dame, worked at the Art Institute of Chicago, and spent 10 years at Harvard University as a Senior Grants Manager. Katie’s first year on playa was 2000, and she volunteered for 10 years (DMV, Man Base Lighting, Fire Conclave, art build crews, theme camp organization) before joining the staff in 2013. Katie is also a certified yoga teacher and has been a practitioner of Buddhist meditation for more than a decade.

2 Comments on “Desert Arts Preview: A Celebration of Art

  • Boogie man says:

    Soooo, the Desert Art Preview is happening exactly *when* and *where*? Pro tip: that’s good into to include in an article that’s, you know, promoting the event…

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    • roissy says:

      From the article:
      Desert Arts Preview is on Sunday, 3 June at the historic Nourse Theater in San Francisco. There’s much to see, hear, sip and nibble, so make sure you arrive on time. Doors open at 6:00pm, and light fare and festive mocktails will be available as part of your admission. Fifteen speakers will then start giving their short presentations at 7:00 pm sharp.

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