In March, Burning Man Arts announced the winners of the Black Rock City 2022 Onoraria Art Grant. The installation proposed by a senior in Humboldt’s high school was one of the 88 works of art that were awarded this year’s grant.
Burning Man is a 10-day event in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This event focuses on community, art and independence. He built Black Rock City from the desert floor, lived in Playa for 10 days, and accommodated more than 75,000 people before burning, disassembling, and returning the desert to the landscape before the masses rose.
Art has always been a hallmark of Burning Man, named after the large wooden “man” burned towards the end of the event. Participants design costumes and bicycles to reflect their artistic expression, but the city’s camps have a theme. Art installations are as diverse as the people in attendance and are spread throughout Black Rock City.
The art chosen for the grant is not to find the best work, but to create the artistic environment that the event is trying to achieve. The Burning Man Journal states: Between. We always keep interactivity, visual impact, and pure creativity in mind. ”
Each year, art grant applicants go through the process of applying for coveted funding to help artists fund part of their project costs. Of the 433 Letters of Intent submitted this year, only 281 were invited to submit their proposals to Burning Man Arts. Of the 88 grants awarded, 52 were artists who returned from the previous year. The local teen Harmony Switzer-Tryon’s application was one of 36 new artists selected this year.
Harmony’s father, Mark Switzer, drew his daughter’s attention and told him to apply. Both knew that the grant process was competitive, but they had an instinctive sense that their art proposal would be chosen. “For some reason, I was undoubtedly,” she told us. The feeling she says her family often has their positive outlook on life.
Harmony, 17, was raised by parents who encouraged a passion for art at an early age. Her dad Mark started making art sculptures in the Arcata building using metal and flames, and started Mischief Labs. She always helped her dad work on the project, but she was often too small to steer heavy pieces of metal herself. “”[The inception of Mischief Labs] Everything was happening in my childhood. … I loved going to the store and running around and annoying everyone while working on the project, ”she said.
Burning Man played a vital role in the development of the Naughty Lab. Harmony said her father attended Burning Man, learned from them over the years, met many artists, and honed his skills as an artist. During those years, her parents in Harmony encouraged her natural affinity for her art. “They knew I was super-artistic. I definitely stood out in my art at a very young age,” she said.
Harmony believes she was seven when she first joined Burning Man, but her dad didn’t let her participate in the actual burning until she was old. Instead, Mark took her early to the event to witness the art and construction of Black Rock City when other artists brought her children.
Harmony created his first sculpture at the age of twelve. It is a scene of a three-dimensional mountain cut from sheet metal using a plasma cutter and welded. A few years later, Harmony and Mark began collaborating from artist to artist.
The pair uses wooden foam to weld recycled chains, bolts and screws to build an art installation and set it on fire.
Burning Man’s art installation is a team effort. “I … design the mind and design what this will be. [though] It’s definitely a collaboration with my dad. Neither of us … has done everything, “said Harmony. The duo has some of the work he’s already created, but he’s designing more, and some even bigger. In the installation, there are 12 small hearts that the audience can approach, and a large heart in the center. “The size of what we want to do is much larger [then any of the hearts we’ve done]”She told us.
Harmony and Mark invite the community to participate in this unique art exhibition. “We want to make a lot of work … we also want to have a lot of diversity. We want to take in the opinions of others,” she invites. did. Pairs are looking for members of the welding community to contact them, as well as companies and individuals who can donate used metal, or individuals who have cheap plumbing and accessory connections. Interested community members can contact the artist on the social media page or email them here.
While the 17-year-old girlfriend and her dad are working on the installation, Harmony graduates from Arcata High School and also focuses on looking to the future of her studies. Her young artist applied for college and continues to plant her feet firmly on the ground while the arts focus on her talent.
Harmony said when he was awarded the Onoraria Art Grant: [arena] ――It’s a big event for me. … I hope it will help you achieve greater things in your career in the future. “
Visit her Instagram page to see Harmony’s work.
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