Meet The Artist: Richard Wilks on “Evotrope” for “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man”
The fun thing is, and sometimes I’ve gone out on the Playa where I go out on my own and I’ll see two people walking and I’ll say, “hey, do you want a ride?” People will ask, “hey, can we help you out?” So many times, it has happened like that. You give people rides. That’s one of the layers of interaction that that piece has.
It’s a very steampunk inspired piece. I think you can see, it’s important to see the craft that a human being touched this on every little ripple, so the artwork takes on different themes. I’ll change out the blades. In this case, I’m exploring the way I personally connect with the natural world. Because of technology for me, I’ve started to lose that connection. I just wanted to remind myself that I’m a human being and a part of this larger whole. A lot of times my work tends to be circular in nature. In this case, this artwork, the eye represents humanity and then the fish jumping into the eye is the natural world. That holistic balance, that’s what that represents. There aren’t that many festivals where I can bring a mobile contraption. That’s probably the main inspiration for me that Burning Man became was being able to blend making these kinds of mobile contraptions and mobile art and that freedom to do that, freedom to express that. Transportation and art, just merging those together.
Inspired by Steampunk and 1970s bike culture, Richard Wilks’ Evotrope is a three-wheeled vehicle that explores the artist’s connection to the natural world.