Artumnal 2013 Auctions and Raffle

We are thrilled to be able to offer a fabulous array of art, experiences, and other wonderful items in the live and silent auctions at the 2013 7th Annual Artumnal Gathering. Our Raffle offers a rare opportunity to win a pair of tickets to Burning Man 2014 and other prizes.


The live auction will take place at approximately 8pm, during the Artumnal Gathering feast of abundance.  If you can’t make it to the dinner event and want to place a bid on one of these items, please get in touch with us at artumnal and let us know that you’re interested in placing a proxy bid.

Zoetrope by Peter Hudson


Artist Peter Hudson, creator of several spectacular monumental-scale stroboscopic zoetropes for Burning Man, built this small zoetrope especially for BRAF. In fact, it’s the only zoetrope utilizing slits rather than a strobe light that the “Charon” and “Homourobouros” artist has made to date. Exploring themes of decay and renewal, the piece depicts a tree growing as an apple decays.

 Custom “Systemic” art installation by Urbanauts

pipes 2 (credit FAMSF)

Passmore working on “Systemic.” Photo courtesy of Fine Art Museums of San Francisco

Artists Sean Orlando (The Nautilus, The Raygun Gothic Rocketship, etc.)  and Matthew Passmore (of REBAR) just finished a year-and-a-half-long fellowship at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in partnership with BRAF. Taking on the name “Urbanauts”, they mapped, explored, and reconsidered the unseen infrastructure of urban spaces, examining the structures that lurk behind closed doors and underground.  One outcome of their explorations was a series of artworks titled “Systemic,” comprising a complex, entangled network of pipes and valves that challenges viewers to reflect on the space they inhabit and invites them to rethink their relationship to the unseen infrastructure that supports city life.  Orlando and Passmore will design and fabricate a site-specific installation in this series for the winner’s home or other site.

 Port-O-Gallery Art-A-Potty

Win this auction item and you will enjoy your own personal portable toilet at Burning Man 2014. But wait, there’s more: BRAF will deliver this humble facility and transform it into a blue plastic art gallery for you to enjoy all week. BRAF Executive Director Tomas McCabe will bring cheap champagne for your “opening reception”.  The potty will easily accommodate you for the week, but further users may necessitate a servicing (not provided)

 Inukshuk Artifact from the Temple of Whollyness

inuksuk for program

The Inuksuk altar – 15 feet tall and weighing 25 tons – was placed in the axis mundi of the Temple at Burning Man 2013. Inukshuk is an Inuit word meaning image of a person’s spirit, often used as navigation aids. These structures are composed of stacked rocks in a human form.  Their traditional meaning is “you are on the right path.” It was sculpted from black igneous basalt stone columns from ancient volcanic eruptions on Mount Adams in Washington State and the Yellowstone hot spot. The ancient basalt stone (approximately 30 million years old) not only had the dignity and gravity to take on 68,000 participant’s grief, fears, and joy but our formidable Inuksuk offering came through the raging flames intact and has become an indelible image for all who witnessed the Temple burn. We are offering you an opportunity to take home a piece of the basalt, split off the larger altar by thermal shock, continuing the sculpture’s transformative journey.  The rock artifact has been mounted on a pedestal by Inuksuk lead artist James LaFemina.

 Hotel Vitale Panoramic Suite Party with Bay Lights view



About the event: Spend the night in a panoramic suite at the Hotel Vitale. The space features a stunning view of the Bay Lights and is the perfect place to host a stylish soiree. The suite will accommodate up to 12 guests and hotelier Chip Conley has arranged a visit from a special guest during your party (TBA during the auction).

About the hotel/suite: Described as Hip and holistic, stylish yet accessible, the Hotel Vitale is the perfect San Francisco hotel located at the junction of the revitalized Embarcadero waterfront and the Financial District.  You will stay in a corner suite, designed in a 180 degree circular style, with dramatic views of the San Francisco Bay, Ferry Building and Bay Bridge. The living room area features a soaking tub for two. A wet bar, king size bed, entertainment center and spa-style limestone bathroom with dual rainforest showerhead complete this awe inspiring room.


LOVE by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg

LOVE for program

This 3-foot tall version of “LOVE” (first exhibited at Burning Man 2011), was created by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg and donated by Kimpton for the Artumnal Gathering. The “Big Words” installations that Kimpton and her collaborators have brought to the playa over the past few years have been significant community focal points. Seize your chance to own this iconic work at a more manageable scale!


The silent auction will take place in the art gallery from 6pm to 1am, and is open to both party and dinner guests.  We can also take proxy bids on these items. (e-mail artumnal

Below are listed just a few of the many items that will be available:

Radio Set on BMIR

Want to DJ at Burning Man? Winner will get their own 90-minute set on Burning Man Information Radio at Burning Man 2013 or on the Shouting Fire year-round Burning Man radio stream.  Say and play what you want on the air with guidance and technical assistance from a BMIR staff DJ. Opening Bid: $200

Organic Absinthe with Absinthe Spoon Designed by Kate Raudenbush

Mariposa Absinthe is helping absinthe step out of its dark past and into the light by bringing absinthe to the west coast, using certified organic and biodynamic grapes as wellas certified organic herbs with a traditional flavor profile.

In addition to a bottle of absinthe, this lot includes an exquisite Mariposa Absinthe spoon, custom-designed by Burning Man artist Kate Raudenbush.


Playa portrait session with photographer Sidney Erthal

Get ready for your close up! Photographer Sidney Erthal will immortalize you in a beautiful portrait set against the timeless backdrop of the playa. Winner receives a one-hour photo shoot at Burning Man 2013 with a high resolution digital file of 20 edited photos. One-hour portrait time and place to be mutually agreed upon prior to August 25, 2013. Portrait can also be scheduled for a mutually-agreeable date and location in the San Francisco Bay Area. Opening Bid: $350

Class for Two at the Crucible

Hone your artistic skills! You and a friend can enroll in any of the crucible’s five-week classes in areas such as blacksmithing, glass blowing, fire performance, jewelry making, neon & light making, and many more. You could learn the skills to make an amazing art work for Burning Man or perhaps a gift for a special someone. Opening Bid: $250

Inverness Weekend

Enjoy a tranquil weekend in the woods of West Marin from a custom three-bedroom Inverness home. Idyllic views of Tomales Bay, perfect privacy and rustic charm aplenty can be yours an hour north of San Francisco. Available for a mutually-agreeable weekend in 2013. Opening Bid: $500



Our raffle features a rare chance to score a pair of tickets to Burning Man 2013 as well as gift certificates to Sports Basement and Cool neon!


You’re going to Burning Man! (photo by Sidney Erthal)