2018 Artist & Entertainers

Rikki Morehouse

Rikki Morehouse

Fire Performer, Fireside Soirée

Rikki is a passionate and dedicated performer, teacher, and designer of things. She is also a contortionist-hand balancing-aerialist clown, and one of the creators of SacCirque, a sacramento based collective of circus and flow artists (saccirque.com). She currently lives in Paonia, CO where she has formed a performance organization called Homestead Circus Productions with her partner Dominic Del Signore. You can read more about Rikki here: http://www.rikkimorehouse.com/

John Beck

John Beck

Fire Performer, Fireside Soirée

John, circus performer, fire performer and yoga teacher, comes to us from San Diego, CA. He started with poi and slowly fell in love with all flow props. He also enjoys moving the body either with aerial straps, cyr wheel, acroyoga, or partner acrobatics! John will be performing nightly at various locations as well as in the Fireside Soirée at “The Bob” December 7.

Chris Turner & Michael Wright

Chris Turner & Michael Wright

Pinwheel Snowflake

Chris Turner & Michael Wright are the creators of the interactive wood scultpure that will be seen for several days atop chair 7 and then burn to the ground Saturday night during the Fire Ball. Tickets to witness this special evening are free with a Fire Ball ticket or can be purchased separately for just the Fire Sculpture Garden.

Chris, a carpenter, local artist, and musician in Phoenix, AZ, spends his time with his three kids. He has attended Burning Man and Regional’s in AZ since 2016. He was on the build team for the Bonerpillar, a 2016 Burning Man art car and was site build lead and Infrastructure Director for Plunderground, a Burning Man theme camp.

After two failed attempts at being a cult leader, Michael ‘Oaks’ Wright turned his attention to burning art. At Burning Man Oaks is known as Elder Wrong - The Porta Pottie Preacher and is lead volunteer for the longested running and largest art project at Burning Man called "The Pottie Project". This art project reminds participants that Leave No Trace applies to Burning Man’s 1,700 porta potties through performance art, spoken word, and artistic fliers.

A Phoenix, AZ artist, Oaks has created burn pieces for Arizona and Nevada Burning Man events. Oaks spent 8 years as Gallery Director for Universe City Gallery in Utah. He is also the proud father of two children, Sydney and Isaac Wright.

DJ Phoenix

DJ Phoenix

Actor/DJ

Wrought from the fiery passion of the Western Colorado backdrop, DJ Phoenix rises in glory to uplift you in your heart, in your head, in your speakers, dance floors and beds. Beating his wings on the wind of the drum, churning up beats that drop from the sky: Look out, look up, look within, open up your eye!

Shane Shane

Shane Shane

Sounds of Apollo

Albuquerque artist Shane Shane created the 2017 biodiversity sphere out of a 500-gallon propane tank from the 1950s. Each detail is more intricate than the next. Shane was able to create a world. It’s one of wonder and it’s one with a message. His musical fiery sphere for the 2018 event will be equally entrancing.

Photo above by Jim Thompson
jthompson@abqjournal.com

Jamie Vaida

Jamie Vaida

The Skeleton Dance

Jamie Vaida has spent years perfecting his craft of creating beautiful, often functional, pieces of art from recycled metals. He is a veteran creator of Mutant Vehicles for Burning Man. Jamie is creating yet another interactive, fiery masterpiece for this year’s Fire Festival.

Joe Bob Merritt

Joe Bob Merritt

Fire Cauldrons

Merritt is a multi-media/2D/3D/ material transformations artist residing in Gunnison, CO. Merritt received his Master of Architecture from SCI-ARC in Los Angeles, CA. His installations and artwork have been exhibited at Grand Central Station, MGM Studios in Los Angeles, and Piper Gallery in Crested Butte. His steel and rubber sculptures have been published in International design magazines. He received a 2014 Burning Man Honorarium for Wind Horse House, which was on display in Telluride in 2015.