Gregg Schlanger: Waterway for the Black Rock
Summary NoteThe archive Gregg Schlanger: Waterway for the Black Rock contains materials related to Schlanger’s art installation in 1992 at Burning Man including a grant application, photographs, slides and negatives, correspondence, newsletters, and a small booklet made by Chris de Monterey.
Gregg Schlanger is a Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. He received his BFA from Boise State University in 1987 and his MFA from Northern Illinois University in 1989. Schlanger’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. This includes a community public art commission for the City of Memphis, Tennessee, a community project for the City of Providence, Rhode Island and a commission for the public library in Owensboro, Kentucky. Schlanger has participated in exhibitions in New York, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, California, North Carolina, Arkansas, Idaho, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington. His work has also been exhibited in Berlin, Erfurt, Potsdam and Jena, Germany. He has received awards including Sponsorship by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Israel-Tennessee Visual Artist Exchange Project Fellowship, USIA Arts America Grant. and a New Forms Regional Initiative Grant from the NEA. He works primarily in installations and community public art, and is interested in exploring through his projects the potential of creating a better “sense of place” (leading to a respect for that place and the environment).
Scope and Content
In 1992 Burning Man began to formally feature art installations created for and executed during the event on the Black Rock Desert. The primary works that year were three wicker women by British artist Serena de la Hey, a cartographic grid by Jim McCormick, and a Waterway sculpture by Gregg Schlanger. The Waterway consisted of a cistern from which water was hand pumped by participants into a series of troughs reminiscent of an Escher drawing, a seemingly endless loop of recirculating flow built within a square, trussed open structure. He also built a wooden sculpture that functioned as a shower as a related work. Materials include a grant application, photographs, slides and negatives, correspondence, newsletters, and a small booklet made by Chris de Monterey.
- 1 Burning Man Event Newsletters: 1992
- 2 Grant Application and Correspondence: 1992 — 1993
- 3 Project Images: 1992
- 4 Correspondence and Images from Chris de Monterey: 1992
- 5 Correspondence and Images from Jim McCormick: 1992
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CAE Box 118
- Folder 1 Burning Man Event Newsletters, 1992
- Folder 2 Grant Application and Correspondence, 1992 — 1993
- Folder 3 Project Images, 1992
- Folder 4 Correspondence and Images from Chris de Monterey, 1992
- Folder 5 Correspondence and Images from Jim McCormick, 1992