ArtPadSF: A Private Preview and Benefit for the Black Rock Arts Foundation

Private Preview: A Benefit for the The Black Rock Arts Foundation

May 18, 2011
7:00 pm – Midnight
The Phoenix Hotel
601 Eddy St., San Francisco

Celebrate the extraordinary contemporary artists and galleries that enrich the Bay Area and beyond, and enjoy an exclusive evening of performances, live music, the Premiere Lounge, and much more at this opening night party for ArtPadSF!

Join the producers, galleries, and artists of the first annual ArtPadSF at the legendary Phoenix Hotel for an exclusive evening of emerging contemporary art, commissioned performances, and liberal libations.

Proceeds from ArtPadSF’s Opening Night celebration will benefit The [braf]’s public art and grant programs, focused on inspiring art, community and civic participation worldwide.

ArtPadSF Ticket Packages:

Premiere Lounge and Poolside Soiree
$125 online presale; $150 at the door
7:00 pm – Midnight

Includes an evening of featured and roaming performances, DJs, heavy passed hors d’oeuvres, and hosted bar and exclusive access to the lounge from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Also includes passes to the weekend’s other ArtPad events!

Poolside Soiree Only
$50 online presale; $75 at the door
7:00 pm – Midnight

Includes an evening of featured and roaming performances, DJs, light passed hors d’oeuvres, and one complimentary cocktail beverage.


Don’t miss this hip, homegrown alternative to the mainstream art scene. Get the first look at Chambers Restaurant and Lounge, San Francisco’s newest dining and entertainment destination. Be the first to experience ArtPadSF and to interact with participating artists and galleries from around the nation in this intimate setting.

Bay Area artists set the stage for this exciting new event with site specific and multimedia performances, interactive art, live music and DJs with original scores and mixes created especially for the occasion.

Featuring Performances by:

* Infectious dance beats by DJ Jive (Heart Deco) and Smoove
* Wearable art and performances by Bad Unkl SistaMiranda Caroligne, and Daphne Ruff
* Site specific dance performance by Capacitor
* A rather unconventional operatic performance by soprano Diva Marisa Lenhardt
* A processional performance by Loyd Family Players, mixing street theater, samba, hip-hop, funk, heavy metal, dancehall & reggae.
* Debut work by local composer and musician, EO
* San Francisco’s live electric cello + vocal looping mavericks, LOOP!STATION (

ArtPadSF is a provocative, new, 21st century boutique art fair that focuses on emerging and contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond. ArtPad SF invites San Francisco’s world-renowned museums, galleries, arts institutions, and artists to transform the newly renovated Phoenix Hotel into an alternative venue for art.

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


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?


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

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.”

The FIGMENT Update

When our group got together to start FIGMENT in 2007, we never had any idea that it could ever grow this much, this fast. In 2010, our three-day NYC event had nearly 25,000 participants, and our Boston event, just in its first year, had something like 10,000 participants. It’s really amazing to see how quickly the community around FIGMENT has grown, and it’s exciting to see where it can go next.

Welcome to FIGMENT! (Image (c) 2010 NY_Man)

FIGMENT began in New York in 2007 as a way to bring three important resources together: first, Governors Island, a former Army and then Coast Guard base in New York Harbor that had just been turned over to New York City; second, the creative energy of artists in New York, often creating work without ample resources, often desperately in need of space; and third, the ethos that many of the founders of FIGMENT had learned from Burning Man, expressed in the ten principles—basically, teaching us how to work collaboratively together to make great things happen in a way that is participatory, generous, and free from commoditization.

The idea took off immediately, and, while we expected 500 people or so at our first one-day event, we had over 2,600 people, with thousands more turned away at the ferries. We haven’t stopped since. The New York event has grown exponentially each year, increasing how much art we cram onto the island’s 172 acres, growing in participation as art projects become more ambitious, growing in duration as we add increasingly successful summer-long projects every year, and growing in stability as we build a team that believes in this event and can keep it going.



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

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

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

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

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!