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June 18th, 2012  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

Burning Man Desert Arts Preview 2012 – June 21

Burning Man 2012 Desert Arts Preview – Annual Artist Lecture Series

Thursday, June 21, 2012
6:30pm-10pm (program begins at 7pm)
Location: The International Art Museum of America
1025 Market St between 6th & 7th St, SF 94103 (click for map)

FREE admission!
…But if you wish to make a donation, proceeds will support the Black Rock Arts Foundation artist grant program and the Burning Man Project
Limited seating for 100, so COME EARLY to ensure your seat and not miss anything!

Portal of Evolution by Bryan Tedrick. Photo by Oly Rivas.

This is our very popular annual artist lecture series, where you get a sneak preview of some of the many notable art projects in progress right now for Burning Man 2012. 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 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 and projects.

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 work with. Get involved and help make the art you wish to see in the world! Read more »

June 26th, 2009  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music)

You too could be a Flaming Lotus Girl!

A few months ago I was hanging out at Zeitgeist and a new friend of mine, Jessica Wollow, tells me she is interested joining the soma-jess-jessFlaming Lotus Girls (FLG).  So we chat about how to contact them through their web site, and what I know about other people who have become part of their artist’s collective.  And the next thing I know Jessica is working on SOMA, the new FLG piece that was chosen as one of the Burning Man 2009 honorarium installations.   Most of you are familiar with the Flaming Lotus Girls.  They are a female-driven group of artists who formed in 2000 to create elegant fire sculpture, they call themselves the mavens of lipstick and accelerants. Their sculptures are composed of steel, stainless steel, copper, glass, wood, light, and fire.


That is Jessica up there in the corner and these are her photos of one of the two spinning balls of fire that are going to be inside the “nucleus” of SOMA.

Is there something you have always wanted to do, build, create, take to Burning Man, share with other Burners?  Strike out and try it today.

So I give you my friend Jessica and her introduction to the FLG.

And for those of you who like a little more action check out the video.

June 19th, 2009  |  Filed under Building BRC, Culture (Art & Music)

Interview with Rox Scapini – 2009 Honorarium Artist

As an artist who has been creating work to display at the dust fest for well over a decade, I am fascinated by the process of playa art making.  You might not know this but it is truly a unique process which you will not find replicated in the Artworld (captial A artworld).  My Black Rock City artmaking process has been something like this: initial inspiration happens; next, the evolution of the conceptual framework; followed by the process of translating that idea into a proposal (well, most of us do this; Michael Christian doodles on a napkin, but he’s charming and produces provocative work, so he is a special case); then comes the obsessive build, build, build time, and finally struggling with the complications of the desert to install your work.  All of this is done within a six month time frame.

I have been curious how other BRC artists approach their work; what they are inspired by and how they face the challenges of building art on our desert platform.  So to fulfill my own curiosity and to give you some insight, I am randomly interviewing a few of this year’s Honorarium artists for your reading pleasure.

grape_eyesName: Rox Scapini
Project: Bio*Tanical Garden
Project website:
Project Location: Berkeley, CA

Jess Hobbs: Tell me a little bit about yourself.  What might be pertinent to know about the creator of “Bio*tanical Garden”?

Rox Scapini: I’m an artist and I have been making sculptures for 16 years. Sculpture is my favorite form of art because it gives me the possibility of bringing my imaginary world into reality. Sculpture for me is not about materials but physical presence in space. My style is figurative but not realistic, and my sculptures represent something that “might” exist in this world. I have a strong fascination of cyberpunk literature (HR Giger is the artist that most influenced me, indeed) and a cynical view of our world.

JH: Have you produced work for Burning Man before?  If not, what work has affected you the most?

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