By Lauren Epstein | June 20, 2016 | Culture
From Burning Man, with LOVE: Laura Kimpton (left) helped ignite the Burning Man festival with her word sculptures, and now she brings one of them to NYC.
This girl is on fire—and so is her art. Laura Kimpton began creating giant flame-projecting sculptures at the Burning Man festival 15 years ago, and has since gained a cult following. “I’m not an artist because I make product. I’m about the process,” she says. “If I end up burning or shooting my work, that’s fine with me.”
Hot off the heels of her standout Art Basel installation at the SLS hotel in Miami, the 54-year-old, California-based artist is literally giving love to New York with her four-letter steel sculpture. The six-foot word, covered in Kimpton’s signature bird-shaped cutouts, is squeezed into the underground bar at Omar’s, the buzzy new private dining club in the West Village. “I like to put my art in alternative places,” says Kimpton, who explains that galleries are usually too dry for her.
Omar’s fits the bill: It’s located in the basement of a brownstone and has hosted a fascinating group of members since its opening in 2013. “I went there for 12 nights in a row and encountered the most interesting people I’ve ever met in my life,” says the artist. “I’ve lived in New York twice, so I know it well, but I’ve never had that much fun!” On view at Omar’s, 21 W. Ninth St., 212- 677-5242. Laura Kimpton was photographed above in Times Square by Peter Ruprecht
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER RUPRECHT