Huzzah! The Black Rock Arts Foundation has a lovely new website! It’s engaging, easily navigable and will keep you connected to upcoming installations, events, announcements, and more. Rather than using an external hosting platform, our humble blog will now be featured on the homepage of the site itself as well as in the site’s NEWS section.
Thank you to everyone who attended the fabulous second installment of ArtPadSF on May 18th. It was an exceptional night celebrating the wealth of our artistic community in the Bay Area. Attendance and spirits were high as patrons explored the converted rooms of the Phoenix Hotel.
BRAF and the Hayes Valley Arts Coalition (HVAC) have teamed up again to bring another beloved work from the Burning Man community to San Francisco.
We hope you could join us for the Opening Reception on May 10 to welcome Future’s Past, by Kate Raudenbush, to its new home at Patricia’s Green.
The work will be on display for at least one year. Lighting effects turn on shortly after sunset, and remain on all night.
Blowfish Sushi is proud to present an exhibition of the digital art of Android Jones. You’ll remember Jones’ work from BRAF’s 2008 Artumnal Gathering flyer – a stunning image!
Artumnal 2008 poster image
This is the second in a series of exhibits of 2D work by Burning Man regulars, curated by LadyBee. 20% of the profits will be donated to the Black Rock Arts Foundation. Thanks Blowfish and Android Jones!
Android Jones – Opening Reception
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 6:00-9:00 PM
2170 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA.
The Black Rock Arts Foundation is proud to announce our support of The Spirit of the Man exhibition in Santa Rosa, California.
The Spirit of the Man, a new sculpture exhibition at Paradise Ridge Winery, opens on May 20, 2012. This yearlong show features 38 major works by sculptors based locally and throughout the United States, many of whom are well known and loved among BRAF’s community. The exhibition is free and open to the public; we hope you’ll visit!
In close collaboration with the Hayes Valley Arts Coalition (HVAC) and Hayes Valley community members, the Black Rock Arts Foundation announces plans to install another sculpture in Patricia’s Green in San Francisco. We’re proud to share Future’s Past, by Kate Raudenbush, with the San Francisco community. Funding permitting, full details of the installation will be announced soon.
We are still in need of donations to bring this project to fruition! You can help bring Future’s Past to San Francisco and support further installations by making a donation to our Civic Arts Program today.
We are so pleased that NPR’s “All Things Considered” has published a piece about one of our 2010 grant recipients, the Music Box. The Music Box is an interactive environment built from the remains of an 18th century derelict cottage in New Orleans. This imaginatively reconstructed, and ultimately livable “house”, has become a musical instrument to be played by visitors. Instrumentation will range from the rudimentary banging of wooden boards to more elaborate sounds mechanically triggered by opening doors or pulling levers. In addition to visitors, a range of local and national musicians, including a regional high school marching band, have been invited to play the house for the project’s Block Party series, which are free and open to all.
Blowfish Sushi is pleased to announce the first in a series of ongoing art exhibits curated by Christine Kristen aka LadyBee: Paintings by Lee Harvey Roswell. The opening will take place on Wednesday, February 15 from 6-9 at the restaurant, 2170 Bryant Street, San Francisco. 20% of the profits from this exhibit will be donated to the Black Rock Arts Foundation.
Lee Harvey Roswell is a self-taught artist from Freefall, New York, whose work is noted for its blend of angst and humor. Themes of death and entropy, tribulation and futility run amok in his distinctly surreal, sometimes slapstick, sometimes nightmarish world. The result is at once mocking and melancholic.
Lee draws his imagery from the rich sources of vaudeville, silent films, circus and mythology, and blends them in idiosyncratic, often autobiographical situations. He is not bound by conventional space; his characters wander through a skewed world where reality and fantasy collide.
In Lee’s words: “I’m interested in exactly this: creating narratives involving the fantastic images there to be culled forth from those fertile depths of the creative, neurotic-like mind. Concrete objects in mad motion, reflecting all the seductive, terrifying elements of existence. The inarguable forerunner of the senses is the eye. We are primarily an optically reliant species. So, as pictorial illusionists transforming nothing into artifacts of spiritual sustenance, I’m holding the potential painter up, not just as an admirable tradesman, but much, much more. He resides as a high-priest over that all-devouring human reality, a conducting channel through which nothing triumphantly becomes something.”
Lee now lives in San Francisco, and his work is shown, collected and published internationally.
painting: Lee Harvey Roswell
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