Future’s Past on view in Hayes Valley

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.

Visit Future’s Past!
Patricia’s Green
at Octavia and Hayes St.
San Francisco, California

Thanks to George Post, who attended our reception and took these great photos.  More below the fold: Continue reading

Android Jones show, benefits BRAF

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
Blowfish Sushi
2170 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA.

Artist’s statement after the fold: Continue reading

The Spirit of the Man Exhibition

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!

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Help Bring Future’s Past to Hayes Valley

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.

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In The Music Box, New Orleans Residents Hear Hope

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.

To read the NPR story, click HERE

Photo: Morgan Sasser/New Orleans Airlift via NPR


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

The Raygun Gothic Rocketship Gets a Tune-Up

fly me to the moon Jill Clardy
fly me to the moon, by Jill Clardy

Following the Port of San Francisco’s recent approval of a 1 year extension of the Rocketship installation at Pier 14, the Rocketship crew is planning a maintenance weekend, and would like to invite the public to come out and meet the crew, ask questions, and help make the Rocketship truly a part of the community.

Weather permitting, the Rocketship crew will be onsite this weekend, December 17th & 18th (as needed), from 10 AM till dark. Work will include a rebuild of the plinth, repair of the Rocket Stop audio system, and a general refresh of the installation.

Some of us from the Black Rock Arts Foundation will be stopping by and we hope you will too!

Introducing the Bay Lights Project

We at the Black Rock Arts Foundation would like to tell you about a new, exciting project that’s in the works, spearheaded by our very own Advisory Board Member Leo Villareal.
Greatly influenced by his first experiences at Burning Man, back in 1994, Leo has created an impressive body of work of large scale, immersive light sculptures. He continues to dazzle us (literally!) with his groundbreaking use of L.E.D. sequencing technology and pioneering methods of using light as an expressive medium. Check out his past projects. Be ready to be wowed!

Leo impresses us with each of his new endeavors, but this one is sure to outshine (literally!) all the others. We’d like to introduce you to his newest proposal: The Bay Lights.

The Bay Lights from Words Pictures Ideas on Vimeo.

The sculpture will be installed and illuminated over the course of the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary. Similar to the ambitious lighting of the Eiffel Tower for its 100th anniversary, The Bay Lights will commemorate the Bay Bridge’s 75th Diamond Anniversary at seven times the scale of the famous Parisian landmark. The installation will live for two years, providing a stunning fine arts experience for the entire Bay Area and its visitors. The 25,000 LED’s will stay in place through the opening of the new East Span in 2013.

Learn more about the project, and about how to support it, at and follow this project on facebook.

Thanks, Leo, for all your past support of BRAF and Burning Man, and for your artistic contributions to our culture!

More About The Bike Bridge

The Bike Bridge – Part 1 from ONE ANT RED on Vimeo.The Bike Bridge is a monumental sculptural collaboration between artist Michael Christian and 12 young women from 7 different Oakland schools.The Bike Bridge project is presented by The Black Rock Art Foundation in association with The Crucible.

Black Rock Arts Foundation
The Crucible
Michael ChristianMusic by YACHT
Produced by ONE ANT RED

Please help us finish and install this monumental sculpture in Oakland this spring! Donate to the Black Rock Arts Foundation today!

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