Monday, July 26, 2010

10. 9. 8... Raygun Gothic Rocketship landing August 6!

The countdown is on...

The Raygun Gothic Rocketship's next stop is Pier 14, San Francisco!

Join us for the opening reception of this stunning new public artwork, Friday, August 6!
Dear Friend:

You are invited to join us in celebration of the Black Rock Arts Foundation's latest Civic Arts Program project, the installation of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship at Pier 14 in San Francisco, California. Come hear more about this ambitious undertaking from the crew that made it happen. Enjoy entertainment, dj's, light refreshments and surprises from the Rocketship crew! The Rocketship will remain on view, free to the public, until October 7, 2011!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Pier 14, where Mission meets the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA (map)

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Help BRAF bring amazing art like the Raygun Gothic Rocketship into everyday life!

The local community, BRAF supporters and Burning Man art enthusiasts alike have rallied support for this project, but we have yet to reach our fundraising goal. Help us sustain our Civic Arts Projects in the year to come!

Donate now and receive limited edition gifts from the Rocketship crew, including papercraft, wooden, resin or aluminum Rocketship models, posters, stickers, even a tour of the Rocketship crew's studio!

We THANK YOU for your support of our community!


Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Tipsy Gypsy Ball Comes to Reno

RENO, NV – On a hot summer's night, a gypsy caravan rolls into town and unloads dancers, musicians, fortune tellers and magic for a one night show at the Knitting Factory on July 30th to benefit the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

All will be entertained, rewarded and participate in the hoopla, with prizes for best costume, King and Queen of the Ball, giveaways to upcoming shows, CD’s, T-shirts and trinkets. Dance your feet and clap your hands to the Bourgeois Gypsies, who have traveled near and far across the US and Canada, from festivals to clubs, to perform for you with a host of the best local talent, to make for one very Tipsy Gypsy Ball. All ages are welcome.

WHEN: Friday July 30, 2010
WHERE: The Knitting Factory, 211 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV
WHAT: Tipsy Gypsy Ball featuring the Bourgeois Gypsies: Door 7pm ~ Show Time: 8pm

TICKETS: $10 in costume / $15 without available at

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Just Like a Woman

Just Like a Woman
Originally uploaded by Thomas Hawk

Great News!

Ecstasy's visit to Patricia's Green in San Francisco has been extended until December 31, 2010!

Thank you to the community members and local businesses of Hayes Valley, and to the Hayes Valley Arts Coalition for rallying support and advocating for an extension of Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito's sculpture Ecstasy. By popular demand, Ecstasy will remain installed until December 31, 2010, instead of deinstalling this month, as previously planned.

Some little media sightings to tell you about:
the lovers, dreamers, & me
SF Weekly
The Outer Sunset

And a special thanks to Thomas Hawk, local renowned photographer for the fabulous shot of Ecstasy!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Illuminating the Illuminated Forest

photo: affinity
photo: affinity
photo: Thomas Pontailler
photo: Thomas Pontailler
photo: Thomas Pontailler
photo: Extramatic
photo: Extramatic

photos: Rob Schober of Dan Frazier
photos: Rob Schober of Dan Frazier

We stopped by the opening of the MEDIATE Art Group’s highly anticipated Illuminated Forest last week at The Lab in San Francisco. We met a few photographers while we were there and they were each kind enough to send us a few photos. I really enjoyed seeing each of them express a different point of view about the installations. Especially since many of th installations were activated by the viewer making sounds.
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!
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.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

the lab-illuminated forest exhibit

This is a shot of the main area of the exhibit and it provides a feeling of the mystery of the lights and trees surrounding us.

the lab-illuminated forest exhibit

One of the exhibits from the Illuminated Forest Opening last night This installation created the illusion of being able to see into a mole's burrow.

Last night was the San Francisco opening of "Illuminated Forest", the only 2010 grant recipient that was located in San Francisco.

To read more about the installation:

Friday, July 09, 2010

Hawthorne 100 at the PDX Bridge Festival!

The Hawthorne 100 created by Tucker Teutsch and the PDX Bridge Festival Portland, Oregon is one of our 2010 Grant recipients.

The Hawthorne 100 was created to celebrate the centennial of the nation's oldest working vertical lift bridge, this project turns the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, OR into a kinetic art installation. A solar-powered lighting display, installed for the duration of the festival, makes use of interactive elements to transform the bridge’s traffic into a catalyst for moving light. For one hour on the night of Saturday, July 31, the Hawthorne Bridge will raise to reveal a projection screen stretched across the displaced area of the lift span. The screen provides a framework to give a visual tour of Portland—who we are, where we've come from, and where we're going—using gathered media from the last 100 years, text-based interactions from our audience, and captured images from the event. This display, produced in conjunction with a free concert on the Morrison Bridge, will be visible from neighboring bridges, both banks of the river, and downtown buildings. The Hawthorne Bridge Centennial Project will be a spectacle to remember! Estimated audience: 40,000+

Opening event

"Hit the lights!"
Where: Hawthorne Bridge
When: July 24 – August 7, 2010
What: “Hit the Lights” on July 24th at 10:00 p.m. is the opening for the lighting and fabric installation on the Hawthorne Bridge, possibly the largest art installation in Portland history. The lights make use of programmable and environmentally-aware lighting technology to interact with the nightly vehicle and bike traffic on the bridge. The lights accentuate 60 panels of fabric installed in the bridge trusses and lift towers, turning the structure into a wash of color and moving light and marking the rhythm of commuter traffic as it moves across the bridge. The installation will be visible for the 15 days of the festival, but there will be a ceremonial opening night event—when we "hit the lights!"

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Duel Nature fires up Reno

Starting this week Controlled Burn spun fire to the World Beats provided by DJ Source in downtown Reno where Duel Nature (Burning Man 2006 honorarium) by Kate Raudenbush is currently on exhibit. A crowd of about 300 people enjoyed a variety of fire spinners from 8:30 - 10 pm. As part of ARTown's month long festivities they will perform every Tuesday in July. Bohohoops and Velocity Movement will have a Hoop Jam on Wednesdays throughout the month.
All posts about Duel Nature

Controlled Burn - Bill Kositzky
Hoop Jam: Larry DeVincenzi

Monday, July 05, 2010

1000 Pieces Erected at FIGMENT

Before FIGMENT this year we told you about one of the Black Rock Arts Foundation's 2010 grant recipients 1000 Pieces. They sent us some photos and an update and we thought you might like to hear what they had to say:

I wanted to send you over a few shots of the project at Figment. I'd say it was a huge success for our collective! It is arguably the most participatory project we've done to date, and it was amazing to work with the kids in the schools. I hope we can keep on creating more community building projects. It really adds a lot to the sense of fulfillment that we feel when we make our art.

I want to take this opportunity to, again, thank you and everyone at BRAF for your support. It is an honor to be working with you guys. Please pass that on, on behalf of all of Animus.

Prior Post and Video About 1000 Pieces

Saturday, July 03, 2010

A Rocket Stop Fundraiser

Friends of the Black Rock Arts Foundation put on a fundraiser last week at Engineered Artworks. We have told you that we are bringing the Raygun Gothic Rocketship to Pier 14 on the Embarcadero in San Franciso, it will be known as the Rocket Stop. Thanks to the generosity of Chad Lester (the organizer of the fundraiser), Steve Schimmel and April Buchheit for hosting this event and to the artists Nathaniel Taylor, Sean Orlando, David Shulman and Alan Rorie for letting us visit the Rocketship. We had a great time. Chad Lester, Drea Lester, Paul Buchheit, April Buchheit, Jennifer Schimmel, Steve Schimmel
David Shulman, Tomas McCabe and Sean Orlando April and Paul Buchheit Steve, April, Jennifer and Paul enjoying the rocketship Doug Edwards, his son Nathaniel and his friend Olivia Drea and Chad Lester Barry Kendall, Sean Orlando, Alan Rorie and Mirit Cohen Peter Norvig, Alan Rorie and Mirit Cohen Tomas McCabe, Sean Orlando, Steven Raspa, Nathaniel Taylor and Crimson Rose David Shulman and Alix Rosenthal
Keith and Katie Randall
Loren and Rachel Carpenter
April Buchheit looking like a Flash Gordon Girl
Sunny and Nathaniel Taylor

This project commenced on the Playa in Black Rock City in 2009 and is evolving. It is a compelling and fascinating concept that will continue to amaze people as they encounter it. If you are amazed and intrigued, please support the Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship project with a tax deductible contribution.

All posts regarding the Rocket Stop

photos: affinity