Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – September 2013

In This Issue:

  • The Artumnal Gathering - Tickets on Sale September 15th!
  • Great video about BRAF on KQED
  • Urbanauts: Sean Orlando + Rebar
  • Aurora in Palo Alto
  • Grantee Updates
    • The Temple for Christchurch
    • Park(ing) Day
    • Burning Baskets
    • Swap-O-Rama-Rama Artist Update
    • Project: SUITCASE and Bambufonomat

 


The 7th Annual Artumnal Gathering – Tickets on Sale this Sunday, September 15th!

Burning Man may be over, but the countdown for our big event has just begun! Don’t miss our greatly anticipated “playa formal” event honoring our community’s remarkable artists.

Visit this page this Sunday to buy tickets.

BRAF is evolving and growing, fast. Now is the perfect time to acknowledge our artists’ achievements. Join us in celebrating their work!

The 7th Annual Artumnal Gathering
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Bently Reserve 400 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

See site specific and curated works of art, be enchanted by captivating live performances, and take home some one-of-a-kind auction items or artworks from our gallery. Come early, and enjoy a delectable dinner with your close friends and other BRAF supporters, or buy a late-night ticket and join the party later, and dance the night away to our favorite Dj’s!

Buy your ticket this Sunday… and then plan your outfit!

Photos by Melanie Jones, George Post and Matt Elson.

Photos by Melanie Jones, George Post and Matt Elson.


BRAF featured on KQED

Thanks, KQED, for producing this excellent piece about Burning Man art off-Playa! Hear from BRAF Executive Director Tomas McCabe, as well as artist Pouneh Mortazavi and other members of Flaming Lotus Girls talking about art in civic spaces.

Read the entire article, here, or watch the video clip below. Enjoy!


Urbanauts – Sean Orlando + Rebar

The Urbanauts project was produced by BRAF artist Sean Orlando and BRAF grantee Matthew Passmore of REBAR. Together, they present sculptural works based on a yearlong exploration of urban infrastructure and its relationship to the everyday experience of the contemporary city. Through a series of interwoven conversations, urban expeditions, design charettes, and conjectural artworks based at the de Young Museum, the artists examine the ways in which urban inhabitants relate (or don’t relate) to the largely unseen mechanical systems, societal constructs, and cultural imperatives that mediate and structure life in the built environment.

Don’t miss the last few days of this exhibit, and join us for a lively closing reception!

Exhibition: Urbanauts, by Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore
October 2 – November 3, 2013
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Friday Nights 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Closing Reception
Enjoy an evening of entertainment and festivities, co-produced by BRAF. Performers and artifacts will inhabit marginal spaces in and around the museum for you to discover.
October 18, 2013, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Free!

For more about the project, visit:
urbanautsf.com
deyoungmuseum.tumblr.com
twitter.com/deyoungmuseum
www.youtube.com/user/FAMSF
www.facebook.com/deYoungMuseum
deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/fridays

 


Aurora in Palo Alto

The grassroots effort to install Aurora, by Charles Gadeken, lead by schoolchildren, is making great headway. This month, the crew begins the permitting process with a proposed installation date in early November.

Aurora’s use of high-efficiency LED lights captured the attention of the Palo Alto Utility Company, leading them to feature Aurora in promotion of its Residential LED Lighting program. Palo Alto residents will be able to get LED lights for their household at the Aurora unveiling event.

The Aurora crew will also be holding workshops in leaf-making and metal art in the weeks leading up to the installation. These will give you and your families the opportunity to participate directly in Aurora by owning or gifting an LED or leaf. Stay tuned!

The Martin Luther King Plaza directly in front of Palo Alto’s 7-story City Hall will be Aurora‘s home for at least one year. With its newly refurbished electronic components, this fairy tale tree is now robust enough to endure the four seasons. The community of Palo Alto is in for a treat this year!

The Aurora crew has also begun production of a Kickstarter video featuring Charles Gadeken and the Aurora Kids. In a few weeks, we’ll share it with you. Please pass it on to your friends and family! As we approach the finish line for this project your support matters even more!

Aurora at Burning Man in 2011, photo by James Addison

Aurora at Burning Man in 2011, photo by James Addison

 


Grantee Updates

 


2012 Grantee - The Temple for Christchurch

The Temple for Christchurch is on display! The community has embraced this project. Read more in New Zealand’s The Press’ article on the piece. 

New Zealand’s CTV News also produced a segment about the temple.

And, check out these beautiful photos on Facebook!

Facebook set 1, set 2 and set 3. 
2012 Grantee The Temple for Christchurch. Photo by Aaron Campbell.

2012 Grantee The Temple for Christchurch. Photo by Aaron Campbell.

Congratulations to the artists and community members who made this piece happen!

 


2007 Grantee - REBAR’s Park(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. This year we celebrate PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 20th! Be on the look out for spontaneous appearance of charming miniature parks, picnics, and urban oases.

For more details check out www.parkingday.org.

2007 Grantee REBAR and their BRAF-funded, pedal-powered vehicle the Parkcycle.

2007 Grantee REBAR and their BRAF-funded, pedal-powered vehicle the Parkcycle.

 


2007 Grantee - Burning Baskets

Burning Basket’s artist, Mavis Muller, wastes no time! She just returned from Burning Man, where she collaborated with the crew from Maui’s Source crew to build (and burn) an effigy representing Maui’s Burning Man Regional group. It was a beautiful burn!

2007 Grantee Mavis Muller collaboration with SOURCE at Burning Man, 2013.

2007 Grantee Mavis Muller collaboration with SOURCE at Burning Man, 2013.

Back in Alaska, Mavis is getting ready to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Burning Basket project, and to create her 27th basket! Wow, this project is on fire (pun intended!)

Read all about it in this piece by the Homer Tribune. 

Follow Mavis’ work at www.facebook.com/BurningBasketProject

 


2005 Grantee - Swap-O-Rama-Rama

Did you read Swap-O-Rama-Rama artist Wendy Jehanara Tremayne’s new book, The Good Life Lab? If you haven’t, it’s awesome! Check it out!

If you have read it, give it a vote in the Guardian’s poll for best books of the summer!

The Good Life Lab, by 2005 BRAF Grantee Wendy Jehanara Tremayne

The Good Life Lab, by 2005 BRAF Grantee Wendy Jehanara Tremayne

For more about Swap-O-Rama-Rama visit www.swaporamarama.org.

2013 Grantees - Project: SUITCASE and Bambufonomat

If you happen to be in Milovice, both of our 2013 Czech Republic grantees will be at the Freezefest this weekend. We at the BRAF office will be jealous if you can make it!
For details, visit www.freezefest.cz/freezefest-en
2013 Grantee Bamboofonomat. Photo courtesy of the artists.

2013 Grantee Bamboofonomat. Photo courtesy of the artists.


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