As we get stuck back into the working routine this week, in the desert wilderness of Nevada, tens of thousands of citizens are getting to work on building their own creative metropolis. Dedicated to community, art, self-reliance and self-expression, Burning Man has captured the global imagination with its jaw-dropping installations, burning effigies and free-spirited vibe. If you can’t get away from your desk to join them, you can catch a glimpse of the highlights at the Lights of Soho art gallery and member’s lounge.
To coincide with the release of his acclaimed book, Art of Burning Man, the exhibition showcases the work of London photographer, NK Guy, who has been photographing the event for the past sixteen years.
From a humble beach gathering in San Francisco in the mid-eighties, the event has attracted millions of followers and spawned sister festivals in Spain, Israel, Australia, South Africa and Wales. The festival is directed entirely by its participants who create the city, the interaction, the art, the performance and ultimately the “experience”.
This year’s theme focusses on mirrors and masks, mazes and merger with installations ranging from elaborate serpent masks through to arched geometric arbours.
The exhibition (and photos) are both fairly small and take around ten minutes to walk round – perfect for a quick browse during your lunch break.
Art of Burning Man is on until the 10 September at Lights of Soho, 35 Brewer Street,
W1F ORX. Free entry.