Friday, June 08, 2012

Before I Die...

On Tuesday, May 1st The Black Rock Arts Foundation proudly announced the installation of artist Candy Chang's interactive mural, Before I Die… at two locations in downtown Reno. You can read the full press release here

Photo by Mark Hammon

Chang's Before I Die... murals are approximately 40 feet wide by eight feet tall. Walls are painted with black chalkboard paint. Stenciled on the walls is the phrase “Before I Die I want to __________,” dozens of times. Using the chalk provided, people may write in their response to the prompt. The resulting completed phrases vary greatly, reflecting the diversity of the participating individuals. The phrases are playful, somber, hopeful, healing, joyful, introspective, humorous, moving, and everywhere in between, but all hold the commonality of poignant honesty.

Photo by Mark Hammon

Before I Die... is an interactive public art project that transforms neglected spaces into public venues for constructive conversation and empowering self-expression. The evolving nature of this piece gradually reveals the hopes and dreams of the community. The piece emerges slowly over time, beginning as a small collection of individual responses, but quickly becoming a visual representation of many voices, all expressing very human hopes and concerns. 

Crimson Rose (Burning Man & BRAF), Candy Chang (Artist), and Maria Partridge (BRAF & Wonder Moman). Photo by Mark Hammon. 
In collaboration with BRAF's Civic Arts program, Chang produced a mural at Sierra St and Island Avenue, and another in front of Apex Products at 415 East Fourth Street in Reno, Nevada. They will be on display, for the benefit of the community, for at least the next six months. This is BRAF's sixth public art installation produced in collaboration with the Reno community and with the support of the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission.

Be sure to visit and contribute to the two Before I Die... installations in Reno (at Sierra Arts and on 4th Street). It's an inspirational exercise for people of all ages. You might also consider adding your expression of "Before I die I want to ____" in the comments below!

Our deepest gratitude to Maria Partridge, our Advisory Board Member, Larry DeVincenzi, our Reno Public Relations Expert, The Nevada Museum of Artand The City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission for their generous grant. We'd also like to express our appreciation to all the volunteers who came out for the installation. Thank you for making this excellent piece happen!

We have heard a rumor that there just might be a Before I Die... wall at an undisclosed temporary city in the northern Nevada desert this summer. hmmm....

For more information about this inspiring project, check out BRAF's website and the Black Rock Arts Foundation - Reno Facebook Page.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

ArtPadSF 2012

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. 

Photos by Philipe Glade 

"ArtPadSF at the iconic Phoenix Hotel is a provocative 21st century boutique art fair that focuses on emerging and contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond. Partnered with San Francisco’s world-renowned arts institutions, galleries, and artists, ArtPadSF is a crossroads for the creative and an unparalleled marketplace for art." From

Gallery Mingling

The Black Rock Arts Foundation hosted a gallery featuring artists in our extended community, including art by BRAF Board Members Crimson Rose and Will Rogers, and by BRAF artists like Michelle Palmer of the Flaming Lotus Girls and by Marco Cochrane, artist of Bliss Dance.

Work by Michelle Palmer (Photo by Josie Schimke) 

During the event, Marco Cochrane live sculpted artist Laura Kimpton! It was incredible to watch. In just a few hours, Marco created an exceptional likeness of our beloved Laura. 

Artist Marco Cochrane sculpting artist Laura Kimpton

The opening gala also featured epic performances by some of the formost musicians and performers in our community.

Trio Zincalo
The Carpetbag Brigade collaborating with Teatro Taller of Columbia
KUNST-STOFF dance company
Gamelan X

Many thanks to Chip Conley, Founder and Executive Chairman of Joie De Vivre Hotels, and ArtPadSF director, Maria Jenson, for inviting us to participate in this unique and fun event. We're thrilled to be a part of the emergence of ArtPadSF!

For more impressions of the event, check out this lovely write up in SFWire

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Future's Past Now 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 dusk, 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.

Tomas McCabe, BRAF Executive Director, Kate Raudenbush, Artist, 
and Russell Pritchard, HVAC Director. 
Kate Raudenbush, Artist
Christina Olague, District 5 Supervisor, City of San Francisco

Interior of Future's Past.

Love this project? Support more like it, and make a donation to our Civic Arts Program today!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Exhibition of artwork by Android Jones to benefit 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!

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.

Android Jones is at the forefront of the visionary art movement, a wave of artists who emphasize creativity as the foundation of consciousness and an agent of social change. As a digital alchemist, Android builds on the technical developments of past centuries in art history while pushing the boundaries of the imagination with new technology and media forms. Moving beyond pencils, ink, and brushes, Android develops latent possibilities within software programs such as Painter, Photoshop, ZBrush, and Alchemy, discovering new combinations and uses for tools that exceed the original intentions of their programmers.

In Android's live art performances, including the acclaimed Phadroid dance performances with wife Phaedra Ana, he incorporates elements of chance and improvisation, inviting synchronicities that additionally exceed the individual artist's intentions and allow for unscripted moments of beauty to shine through. As an experience designer, Android has contributed to films, games, and to building communities through and, and his interactive installations have enchanted tens of thousands of participants at events like Boom and Burning Man.

Viewing the digital domain as a medium of energy and light capable of expanding the nature of reality, Android's art encourages others to explore the potential interfaces of mind and machine in this time of accelerating change and increasing novelty. To this end, Android's art serves two related functions: it bears witness to realities accessible through heightened states of consciousness, and it also engenders heightened awareness through the processes of creation and audience interaction. Digital art becomes a tool for navigating reality and human awareness, and Android's art invites others to join the advancing evolution of consciousness by speaking to the artist in everyone.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

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 Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation shares BRAF's goals of creating new, accessible venues for public art, and of sharing our favorite works of art with the greater community.

The Spirit of the Man
Paradise Ridge Winery
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive (in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa)
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Opening Reception (featuring many of the participating artists)
Sunday, May 20, 2012
1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Exhibit hours
May 20, 2012 – May 2013
11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M, open daily.

In addition to the opening celebration on May 20, there will be both educational and festive events focused around solstices, equinoxes and eclipses, all incorporating a message about the value of publicly accessible art.

The show includes significant works by world- renowned sculptors, centered on three genres: modern abstract; contemporary post modern; and work created for Black Rock City in the Nevada desert.

Check out this list of participating artists!

Featuring artwork by:

Ray Beldner
Roger Berry

David Best

Suzanne Biaggi
Kate E. Black

Riis Burwell

Rebecca Nase Chomyn
Michael Christian
Robert Ellison
Boback Emad
Peter Forakis
Orion Fredericks
Chuck Ginnever
Edwin Hamilton
Bruce Johnson
Ned Kahn
Laura Kimpton
Pat Lenz
Kristina Lucas
Michael McGinnis
Penny Michel
David Mudgett
Jann Nunn
Mark Oldland
John Parulis

Jeff Schomberg
Judson King Smith
Julie Speidel
Bryan Tedrick
Doug Unkrey
Mario Uribe
Nick Van Krijdt
Paul Van Lith
Arnie Voigt
William Wareham

About the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation

More than an art exhibition, The Spirit of the Man honors artist and art patron Al Voigt, co-founder of the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation, who passed away in 2011. Al’s generosity and artistic vision are widely recognized for boosting the quality and quantity of public art in Northern California.

For more information:

The Spirit of the Man is curated by the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation. The lead sponsor is the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation. Generous sponsors include Paradise Ridge Winery, h2hotel, Black Rock Arts Foundation, Anorcase Foundation, Oliver Ranch Foundation, Peter and Beverly Lipman, and Jean Schulz.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Future's Past Installation in Hayes Valley

Kate Raudenbush and crew are busy installing Future's Past at Patricia's Green in Hayes Valley. Join her, her crew and BRAF's lively community of supporters at the Opening Reception, this Thursday!

Future's Past Opening Reception (artist present)
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Patricia’s Green
at Octavia and Hayes St
San Francisco, CA
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Gather with your fellow BRAF and Burning Man art supporters and enjoy live entertainment and treats!
  • Performance by Cello Street Quartet - playing pop and rock songs, with a classical twist (
  • Off The Grid food vendors with special discounts for BRAF supporters!
  • Special discounts for BRAF supporters at local businesses, including Ritual Coffee, Smitten Ice Cream and Suppenkuche's Biergarten!

Kate watches as her piece is raised into the air,

... carefully hoisted over its new site,

... and guided into place by her crew.

Funding is still needed for this project. Visit and make a donation today!

About the Project

First exhibited at Burning Man in 2010, Future’s Past is an ornate metal sculpture standing 24 feet tall, and tells a story of civilization being reclaimed by nature. The 12-foot base of the piece harkens an ancient pyramid. Springing from its top is an ornate 12-foot Bodhi tree, a symbol of freedom from earthly attachments. At night, eerie green light shines through the finely cut, circuit board-like patterns in the base’s walls.

About the Site

With references to both the future and the past, to both decay and renewal, Future's Past is conceptually an ideal fit for the reclaimed urban space of Patricia's Green in Hayes Valley, a public park where many residents and visitors find pause from their busy lives.

BRAF and HVAC have worked together to curate meaningful, relevant artworks for the Hayes Valley community. This will be HVAC’s seventh art installation. HVAC and BRAF share the belief that art can inspire lasting, meaningful connections between people. This site has become a case study for how art can build community and foster a vibrant civic landscape.

We hope you can join us at the Reception!

Monday, April 16, 2012

BRAF Benefit - ArtPadSF

Join the Black Rock Arts Foundation at San Francisco's most innovative venue for art: ArtPad SF!

May 18th

Phoenix Hotel
601 Eddy St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

6pm - 1am

If you were able to attend our special event at ArtPad SF last year, you know how unique and fun this event is. Join us for a festive gathering of BRAF's community of support
ers, Burning Man's art lovers, and the Bay Area's leading art galleries and art scene.

ArtPadSF invites San Francisco’s world-renowned museums, galleries, arts institutions, and artists to transform the Phoenix Hotel into an alternative venue for art. The hotel is reinvented as a vibrant and visionary community of prominent international and local artists.

The art fair culminates in a lively evening of performance art, fashion, dance, music and art experiences on Friday night. This unique event celebrates the wealth of local talent in the Bay Area, and raises funds to benefit the Black Rock Arts Foundation's public art and grant programs.


Ticket Packages:

BRAF ArtPad "Super Star" Experience

6:00 pm - 1:00 am
$125 limited advance tickets only
Hors D'hoeuvres Buffet 6pm - 8pm
Unlimited Open Bar All Evening
Early Access to All ArtPad Gallery Rooms until 8pm
(Galleries open at their discretion after 8pm)
Gallery, art, music, performers and visual arts feast until late

BRAF ArtPad "Happening" Experience

7:00 pm - 1:00 am
$30 Tier 1 limited advance tickets
$40 Tier 2 and at the Door as available
One complimentary welcome drink
Access to All ArtPad Gallery Rooms until 8pm
(Galleries open at their discretion after 8pm)
Gallery, art, music, performers and visual arts feast until late

Stay tuned for announcement of performers and artists!

Black Rock Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit. A portion of your ticket price is tax-deductible.

poster: Jared Gutekunst