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May 1st, 2011  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music)

Market Street Blooms Opening Reception

The Black Rock Arts Foundation has been working on many new partnerships and projects and we want you to help us celebrate them!  After all, it’s our community that makes it all possible.

The Black Rock Arts Foundation is honored to be part of the effort to revitalize the Central Market area in San Francisco in collaboration with the San Francisco Arts Commission, and we love sharing and supporting  Karen Cusolito’s sculptures.

photo: Mark Hammon

Central Market will come alive for the Art in Storefronts launch celebration!  The festivities include receptions at three neighborhood galleries, the debut of two temporary public art sculptures by Karen Cusolito, live music lining Central Market, and Off the Grid food trucks. The community celebration will kick off with the unveiling of six storefront installations and five murals designed by San Francisco artists.

Join the Black Rock Arts Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission for this FREE Market Street Blooms Opening Recption.

Music, speeches and mural unveiling:

May 13,  5:00 pm
998 Market St. San Francisco

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January 13th, 2011  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music)

Art in Waiting

It is that time of year again when many individuals and groups are taking concepts and ideas turning them into to Art Proposals. It is a beautiful time for the creative spirit when every wacky concept seems possible to build. That inspired vision you had last year or that long festering idea is being sketched out, budgets are being drawn up, 3D renderings helping to visualize the genius, goofy handmade models painstakingly being hot glued together (tongue depressors, pipe cleaners and all) and all that conceptual blah dee blah is being churned out.

The moments when an idea is being hatched is a magical time in the process of artistic creation.

It is also that time of year when one who has created work for Burning Man in previous years also thinks, if I make another piece, where the hell will I store it? Which artspace, whose back yard, the dump, which kiddie rave or music fest as decoration, some cheap storage facility…..

When it is not burned or destroyed where does it go after the playa? Who’s responsibility is it? Will it ever see the light of day again?

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August 21st, 2010  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

The Other 51 Weeks of the Year

Burning Man 2009

Once again, the outreach groups of Burning Man ([BWB], The Black Rock Arts Foundation, [BRS] and The Regional Network) have teamed up to create a unified presence on the playa: District Everywhere

District Everywhere is housed under one large pavilion. This year, our interior space will take on the appearance of a large world map, with continents cut out of wood, set up at table height. With the assistance of our Team, guests will create miniature sculptures or flags to represent their off-playa projects and endeavors. Together, the outreach groups will also host interactive activities, art projects, events and gatherings, all geared toward kindling ideas and generating momentum for off-playa, after-Burning Man out reach efforts. Join us for daily BurnSide Chats, hosted lectures, salons and discussions about art, community and culture. Each outreach group will also be hosting cocktail parties and mixers specifically for their group at District Everywhere.  Please visit the Black Rock Arts Foundation any day of the week to learn more about recent projects and future endeavors, and to add to their community-created art installation.  They will be lounging in the shade, sipping lemonade and conspiring to bring interactive art to communities beyond the playa. 

BRAF at Burning Man
Monday, August 30, 2010 – Sunday, September 6, 2010
6:30 and Esplanade
Black Rock City, NV
10:00 am – 6:00 pm 

Burnside Chats
Monday, August 30, 2010 – Saturday, September 4, 2010
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm and 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Party Everywhere – opening reception for District Everywhere
Monday, August 30, 2010   5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

Annual BRAF Playa Cocktail Party
Thursday, September 2, 2010     4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
District Everywhere is located at 6:30 and Esplanade. 

We’d love to see you! 

photo: affinity

August 4th, 2010  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music), Events/Happenings

10..9..8..Raygun Gothic Rocketship Landing at Pier 14 in San Francisco This Friday!

    The countdown is on… – The [BRAF] (BRAF) and the Port of San Francisco will celebrate the opening of an iconic, large-scale sculpture created by a team of Bay Area artists lead by Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, and David Shulman. This 40-foot-tall artwork, the Raygun Gothic Rocketship, offers a retro-futuristic, highly-stylized vision of space travel circa 1930’s-1940’s science fiction and is the latest in a series of temporary public art exhibitions sponsored by BRAF with the aim of enlivening and activating public spaces.  The Rocketship was first exhibited at [BM] in 2009.

The Raygun Gothic Rocketship’s next stop is Pier 14, San Francisco!

Friday, August 6,  3pm, Pier 14

  • the gastronaughts will be providing space-themed noshes,
  • Rockabilly/punk band The Phenomenauts will be performing songs about space and technology, and 
  • DJ Collective, The Space Cowboys will be performing as well as bringing their Unimog  - a militaristic-space-age vehicle with sound system. 
The Rocketship, poised as if to board passengers for a typical run to a nearby stellar destination, will remain at the Pier 14 Tidal Plaza, at the base of Mission Street, on San Francisco’s Embarcadero for a 14-month temporary exhibition. The sculpture will be accompanied by a companion piece, the Rocket Stop designed by Alan Rorie, which tells the story of the Rocketship’s exploits, providing route, schedule and other information. The installation will be illuminated for nighttime viewing.

According to Port of SF Executive Director, Monique Moyers, “We at the Port are charged with creating opportunities for residents and visitors alike to connect with San Francisco’s spectacular waterfront.  As the third in a series of large-scale sculptures to be installed temporarily at Pier 14, we are confident that this compelling piece will engage people and enhance their experience of the area. Pier 14 provides a fitting and fantastic backdrop for this whimsical work of art.”

More than 70 artists and makers participated in the creation of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship under the auspices of Five Ton Crane, a collective of Bay Area artists and inventors. Lead artist Sean Orlando observed, “It’s remarkable what creative heights people can reach when they work together.  The whole idea behind Five Ton Crane is that artists working in concert can accomplish so much more than any one person could working alone. The Raygun Gothic Rocketship project is a perfect example of that idea in action.”

June 18th, 2010  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music), Events/Happenings, Participate!

BURNING MAN 2010 DESERT ARTS PREVIEW – SF, JUNE 24th

Burning Man 2010 Desert Arts Preview – Annual Artist Lecture Series

Thursday, June 24, 2010
6:00pm-11pm; Talks begin at 7pm
Mission Rock Cafe
817 Terry a Francois Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94158-2209

The Cauldron by Kiki Pettit - photo Camera Girl 2004

The Cauldron by Kiki Pettit - photo Camera Girl 2004

ALL AGES welcome before 9pm
FREE! But if you wish to make a donation, any proceeds will support the
Black Rock Arts Foundation artist grant program. No host bar and food
service. Limited seating, so COME EARLY to ensure your seat and not miss any
speakers!

This is our very popular annual artist lecture series, where you get a sneak
preview of some of notable art projects in progress right now for Burning
Man 2010. You’ll hear directly from artists who are creating revolutionary
works of art, often in radically collaborative ways. Some have been doing
work on the playa for many years and will be sharing humorous war stories
associated with creating art under extreme conditions. This is also a great
opportunity to learn how YOU can get involved and support these and other
artists.

If you can’t make it, look up their projects at the link below and directly
contact these and other artists/projects you feel inspired to help and
participate in. Get involved and help make the art you wish to see in the
world!

http://www.burningman.com/installations/10_art_honor.html
http://www.burningman.com/installations/09_art_honor.html

Speaker Schedule:

7:00-7:15    Welcome & Overview of Burning Man 2010 Theme and  Artist Grants
by Beth Scarborough

7:20-7:30    Bryan Tedrick – Minaret

7:35-7:45    Lawrence Burton – Kinetic Cab Company

7:50-8:00    Matt Ganucheau — Subway

8:05-8:15    Kiwi Chris — Megatropolis

8:20-8:30    Bliss Dance

8:35-8:55    Intermission

9:00 -9:10    Tomas McCabe – Black Rock Arts Foundation

9:15-9:25    Morley John — Syzygryd

9:30-9:40    Michael Christian — Home

9:45-9:55    Jess Hobbs, PK Kimmelman and Rebecca Anders – Temple  of Flux

10:00-10:20    Questions and Answers

June 9th, 2010  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music), Events/Happenings

FIGMENT – Governors Island This Weekend

Last Week we told you FIGMENT was coming to Boston, well now we are here to tell you it is coming BIG this weekend on Governors Island in New York.   

FIGMENT is an annual arts event on Governors Island in New York, with artwork in every medium, from installation to performance to music to games and many things in between.

When the founders of FIGMENT began the event in 2007, their inspiration was to marry [BM]‐style do-ocracy, volunteerism, and the 10 principles with the prolific New York arts scene, and to build a new community for the participatory arts.  In 2010, the vast majority of the FIGMENT artists, and a growing number of FIGMENT volunteers, have never been to Burning Man, and there is a groundswell of enthusiasm for an increasing number of season long projects on the island.

This year’s FIGMENT includes a 2010 [BRAF] grant recipient 1000 Pieces, so check out the video and then go see the ART!

May 16th, 2010  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music), Events/Happenings

“Duel Nature” coming to Reno Nevada

Duel Nature by Kate Raudenbush Burning Man 2006

Previously exhibited at Burning Man in 2006, Duel Nature, by artist Kate Raudenbush, is unique in its materials, (Plasma cut steel, steel tubing, red acrylic mirror) scale (38’ x 38’) and artistic vision. During Artown, fire dancers and spinners from Controlled Burn will entertain Tuesday evenings 8:00 – 10:00.  Hula Hoopers from Velocity Movement and bohohoops present “GET HOOPED” at Hoop Jams on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 – all levels and ages are welcome. Hula hoops provided or bring your own! Join us in celebration of Duel Nature at the opening celebration:

May 21, 2010
5 pm
Corner of Sierra St. and Island Ave. Reno, NV
Wine & Appetizers: Sierra Arts Foundation Gallery, and then along the RiverWalk

Hula Hoop Jam from 5-8,
followed by Fire Spinning by Controlled Burn,
Music by DJSource

“Duel Nature references the spiral of our human DNA. The struggle inherent to the duality of the human condition is expressed by the violence of the raw plasma-cut, bolted steel exterior, in contrast with the vitality of the interior blood-red mirror. As visitors gather inside the vibrant core of the sculpture, their myriad reflections remind us of our shared genetic bond and our shared humanity,” says the artist Kate Raudenbush.

“This is the third Burning Man art installation to come to Reno through the collaboration of the Civic Art Program of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, the non-profit art organization of Burning Man, and The City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission’s grant program. Duel Nature supports the mission of the Reno Arts program to involve its citizens in the community’s cultural life and encourage artistic excellence,” said Maria Partridge, Reno project liaison for BRAF and Advisory board member.

“We believe the exhibition of Duel Nature during Artown will serve the community in many ways,” said Crimson Rose, Member of the Board of Directors, BRAF and Board Member and Art Director for Burning Man. “By enhancing civic space through the temporary transformation of an empty lot into an inviting art park and creating a creative gathering spot for Reno citizens with weekly performances and workshops that provide entertainment and interactive possibilities that the community can enjoy for free.”

For additional photos and information about Duel Nature

photo: Kate Raudenbush

March 9th, 2010  |  Filed under Participate!

Composting Contraption: Request for Proposal

ScrapEden SF: Request for Proposals Composting Contraption $10,000-$15,000
Timeframe:

Proposal Due to BRAF 3/15/10,

Grant Award Announced 4/1/10

Project Completed by 6/1/10

The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF), in partnership with the San Francisco Department of the Environment, is seeking artists to develop another public art project for ScrapEdenSF, an ongoing program pairing artists with community groups to create artworks that are designed to inspire and motivate residents to recycle and compost more effectively. BRAF is currently requesting proposals from San Francisco Bay Area artists for the Composting Contraption.com·post [k?mp?st] is a combination of various decaying organic substances that are being decomposed largely through aerobic decomposition into a rich black soil.

con·trap·tion [kuhn-trap-shuhn] – a mechanical contrivance; gadget; device.

Imagine inventor Rube Goldberg meeting up with biodynamic farming pioneer Rudolf Steiner.

The Composting Contraption will be a human-powered, interactive, kinetic artwork designed to inspire, motivate and educate San Francisco residents to increase the practice of composting at home and to take better advantage of the City’s green bin organics collection programs serving the residential, commercial, and institutional sectors.

This new work of art will travel to local festivals, street fairs, farmers markets and schools to increase awareness of composting (and recycling to some extent) and change the composting behavior of San Francisco artists and residents to divert recoverable resources from being disposed of as solid waste, in keeping with the City’s zero waste goals. The artist is not expected to bring the contraption all around town, but will work with a local community group to train them on its use so they can tour it around in an educational campaign.

Materials used for this new mobile sculpture MUST primarily be made of reclaimed, recycled or reused materials diverted from local landfills.

For more information about how to apply!