The Portal – Meet our Grantees – Finley Fryer

The Black Rock Arts Foundation had an opportunity to help support the installation of Finley Fryer’s Portal in “Bringing Back the Fire” an exhibit at Santa Rosa Junior College in February and March 2008. The portal is constructed of recycled plastic pieces and is so gorgeous! affinity Photo: Lisa Beerntsen

Hasta Luego “Passage”

“Passage”, mother and child sculptures by artists Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito, have been gracing Pier 14 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco for 18 months. Passage created a lot of controversy. San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom once said “Short-term public art projects can invigorate our public spaces with artworks that may be bolder, provocative and more topical than…Keep reading >>

The Dreamer by Pepe Ozan

The Dreamer came to San Francisco in the Spring and Summer of 2007. In the bottom photo, Bay to Breakers, a San Francisco foot race, rushes by ‘The Dreamer’ in Golden Gate Park.The Black Rock Arts Foundation’s Civic Arts Program organized this temporary exhibition and the project was supported by The James Irvine Foundation. affinity photo: Brad Immanuel 2007, all…Keep reading >>

Park(ing) Day 2007

So my friend Janet and I went on a tour of San Francisco parks, Park(ing) Day parks that is. Parks filled with golfing, hair cutting, chill spots, interactive art projects, knitting…a plethora of amusements, parks that will soon be back to being parking spaces. In the photo above, REBAR, an artist’s collective and recipients of a grant through BRAF’s Grants-to-Artists…Keep reading >>

Adventures at the Panhandle Bandshell

Last June, I called my friend Playa Jewel and said, “whatchadoin? Let’s go on an art adventure.” I had been putting together some photos for the Black Rock Arts Foundation so we started at the Panhandle Bandshell in San Francisco, and is it ever gorgeous? The Panhandle Bandshell is a full-scale performance stage constructed almost entirely out of reclaimed…Keep reading >>

Stan, Submerging Man

Yes! Stan did come to VMD Park and was there from June 2006 until April 2007. And to learn more about Finley Fryer: affinity photos: Chuck Revell

A New Park, A New Sculpture

Now that I”ve got your attention, the sculpture really isn’t new. It was created by artist Finley Fryer in 1999 for the Burning Man Art Festival, where this 18 ft. tall bell diver covered in old 45 rpm records first made his appearance as ‘Stan, Submerging Man.’ Recently created, Victoria Manaolo Draves Park, sits on Folsom between 6th & 7th…Keep reading >>

Let the ScrapEden Diaries Begin…

The Black Rock Arts Foundation installation at Burning Man 2006, ScrapEden BRC, was an incredible success. The Scrap Shack itself looked like it was pulled off the roadside in Anywhere, Montana. The whole exhibition space, scribed by a shallow split rail fence, filled up with works by 44 contributing artists who hauled their pieces into the expansive dust of Black…Keep reading >>

Workshop Dates: Aug 6th & Aug 13th

As many of you already know, this year the Black Rock Arts Foundation is embarking on an exciting new on-playa project, ScrapEden BRC. We are inviting participants to contribute in a variety of different ways and scales. One of our goals is to arrive at a critical mass of many small sculptures, thereby giving the idea of ground cover, or…Keep reading >>

Pre-playa ScrapEden Workshop in SF

This year at Burning Man the Black Rock Arts Foundation is creating, ScrapEden BRC, a collaborative garden installation populated by garden-inspired sculptural elements created from re-claimed, re-purposed and re-cycled materials, and all citizens of BRC are invited to participate! To date we’ve received word of 15 projects that will be coming to BRC for collective exhibition, but we want more!…Keep reading >>

Major Set Back for ‘Dreamer’ in Golden Gate Park

This just in from BRAF’s Executive Director: Leslie Pritchett….. It is with real sadness that I report that the temporary exhibition of Pepe Ozan’s ‘Dreamer’ in golden Gate Park must be postponed for the foreseeable future. We’ve been working for more than a year to bring this installation to San Francisco. The piece was stored after it’s initial exhibition at…Keep reading >>