Monthly Archives: July 2009

Burned Out

By Lexi Feinberg

Burning Man may only happen for one week every year, but many Burners spend the other 51 weeks fantasizing about it. It’s the Holy Grail that helps them tolerate tedious corporate jobs and the monotony of the default world. But for various reasons in this year of recession, some won’t be joining the festivities on the Playa.

“In my opinion, the event has gotten too large and has too high a percentage of people just there to party,” said six-time attendee Michael “Chef” McQueary. “The last time I went was 2007. While I had a wonderful week, the event had changed in ways that I don’t like … I’d rather leave with fond memories than come to hate what I’m seeing happen.”

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Altered State to New York State

By Mitch

Photo by Taymar

“Altered State,” the sculpture that made its debut at Black Rock City 2008, has a new home: it is going to a new art complex in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.


Kate Raudenbush, the artist who created “Altered State,” said it will be placed at the new Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, which is moving from New York City, about 50 miles to the south. The original facility was a museum in Chelsea that housed artist Alex Grey’s painting series of the same name, but the new site is set on 40 acres and is intended as a “sanctuary of visionary art,” according to its website.

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