Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Illuminated Forest

MEDIATE Art Group’s highly anticipated Illuminated Forest opens July 9th and runs to August 7th at The Lab in San Francisco. This Black Rock Arts Foundation supported exhibition features an artist-imagined multimedia environment by Agnes Szelag, Ben Bracken, Jorge Bachman and Alan So in which viewers activate both visual and auditory sensations. The installation includes environmental pieces by Suzanne Husky, Jessica Resmond, Reenie Charriere, Vaughn Bell, Alyce Santoro, Sam Easterson and Elin Oyen Vister. This experiential exhibit actively reminds people that what we do has impact: on our own lives, on others, and the world around us, both in the present and the future. The Forest will host experiential performances by some of the most compelling local, national and international artists and musicians.

Visit Illuminated Forest!
Opening Reception, July 9, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gallery hours, July 9 - August 13, 2010, Wednesday - Saturday, 1:00
pm - 6:00 pm
The Lab, 2948 16th Street
San Francisco, CA

Illuminated Forest is part of Project>Soundwave's fourth season,
entitled GREEN SOUND, that began June 6 and runs to August 13.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Celebrating Duel Nature v2

Artist Kate Raudenbush, basking in the reflection of her art
Braving the cold to bring fire to us!
We have some more fabulous photos from the Duel Nature Opening Celebration to share with you. Enjoy!

To see more photos

Prior posts about Duel Nature

photos: Mark Hammon Hammon Photography

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Raygun Gothic Rocketship at Pier 14 in San Francisco

The Black Rock Arts Foundation is thrilled to announce our collaboration with artists Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, David Shulman, and their talented crew on the installation of their iconic, large-scale sculpture, The Raygun Gothic Rocketship at Pier 14 on San Francisco's waterfront from August 2010 until September 2011.

The 40-foot-tall art piece, The Raygun Gothic Rocketship, offers rococo-futuristic, highly-stylized vision of space travel circa 1930's-1940's science fiction and is the latest in a series of temporary public art exhibitions sponsored by BRAF with the aim of enlivening and activating public spaces. The installation first landed at Burning Man 2009, and has subsequently appeared at NASA Ames for Yuri's Night, and at Maker Faire. The piece is comprised of a single rocketship, poised as if to board passengers for a typical run to a nearby stellar destination. When installed in San Francisco, the sculpture will be accompanied by a descriptive exhibit, a "rocket stop", which tells the story of the rocketship, provides route, schedule and other information. The installation will be illuminated for nighttime viewing. We need your support!!!

Although this ambitious project has won overwhelming city and public support and enthusiasm, we need your help to make it happen! Help BRAF and the Raygun Gothic Rocketship crew make science fiction an everyday reality to hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors to the San Francisco Embarcadero. Donate now, and receive a thank you gift!


poster: Jody Medich


We are celebrating the election of the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Black Rock Arts Foundation , Alix Rosenthal, to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee.

We are very excited for you Alix, and proud to know you!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

FIGMENT - Governors Island this Weekend!

We told you last week that FIGMENT - Boston was coming and this week we are here to tell you that FIGMENT NEW YORK is coming BIG this weekend.

When the founders of FIGMENT began the event in 2007, their inspiration was to marry Burning Man‐style do-ocracy, volunteerism, and the 10 principles with the prolific New York arts scene, and to build a new community for the participatory arts. In 2009, the vast majority of the FIGMENT artists, and a growing number of FIGMENT volunteers, have never been to Burning Man, and there is a groundswell of enthusiasm for an increasing number of season long projects on the island.

This year, FIGMENT includes a 2010 Black Rock Arts Foundation grant recipient 1000 Pieces, so check out the video and then go see the art!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Help Bring the Rocket Stop to San Francisco!

That’s right folks – at the Port Commission of San Francisco’s next meeting, on Tuesday, June 8th, they will discuss and have the opportunity to approve the installation of the Raygun Gothic Rocket at Pier 14 on the SF Embarcadero!

This is a tremendous opportunity for the crew and supporters of the Rocketship, for the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and for all of those citizens that would like to see more public art in our city. Although the rocketship will be closed to visitors, we are designing an informative kiosk, very much in keeping with the overall aesthetic of the ship, that will delight and share our story with the public. Cast in the guise of a ‘rocket stop’, it is to space travel what the bus stop is to public transportation.

The installation is being sponsored by the Black Rock Arts Foundation, with financial support from the Port of San Francisco and people like you! (More information on how to help will be posted once we receive official approval.)

The (open session of the) Port meeting will be held on Tuesday June 8th, beginning at 3:15 PM. We are item #10 on the agenda. Public comment is permitted, and we’d love to see some of you come out and voice your support for this opportunity. The meeting will be held at the Port Commission Hearing Room located on the second floor of the Ferry Building.

Friday, June 04, 2010

FIGMENT in Boston this Weekend

FIGMENT is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines. FIGMENT began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor with over 2,600 participants. Since then, FIGMENT has grown significantly each year—in number of projects, duration, participants, volunteers, fundraising capability, exhibitions, locations, overall level of commitment and participation, and public support. FIGMENT now expands to the Boston area, with its first event outside of New York and is one of the 2010 Black Rock Art Foudation's grant recipients!

FIGMENT will be produced through a partnership with the Cambridge Arts Council, on June 5, 2010, co-located with the Cambridge Arts Council’s long-running Cambridge River Festival, on Memorial Drive on Saturday, June 5, 2010 from 12 pm to 6 pm.

See the web site for directions: figmentboston.org