ArtPad Art Motel at the Phoenix Hotel

May 24, 2011

The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) was the beneficiary of an event opening night at the Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco. The event was sponsored by ARTMarket who produced satellite expositions called ArtPad. It sounds convoluted but this is what happens in the creative artworld. ARTMarket was a wonderful attempt to showcase local and regional artists, art galleries, museums and all of the collaborative support system that goes along with it – convention for artists in many ways.

I serve as the president of the board of directors for the Black Rock Arts Foundation which means I have the privilege to attend these events.Jonesy Jones is a BRAF volunteer who commandeered a krewe of five accomplices who proceeded to “wrap” the entire Phoenix Hotel room assigned to the Black Rock Arts Foundation to promote our services. The “wrap” was a roll of butcher paper that adorned everything from the beds, chairs, lamps, kleenex box, bathroom towels, hair dryer, toilet paper, and all of the walls. Crayons and magic markers were spread around the room so attendees over three days could art up the room as they wished. Community based, interactive art is incorporated in the Mission of the Black Rock Arts Foundation. This video is the result of the three days of arting up. It was shot minutes before the room was “unwrapped”.

The San Francisco Pianobike

May 3, 2011

I work in San Francisco’s Dogpatch where the sun shines frequently and the Hell’s Angel’s roar up and down the street going to and from their headquarters. The office and printing plant that I work out of is the former showroom for Esprit Clothing. The neighborhood is famous for several things one of which is across the street where Behind the Green Door was filmed with Marilyn Chambers. Next door to the printing plant is a live/work building filled with artists. On Friday nights, they often have Open Studios. One particular friday night, one of the live/work artists, St. Frankenstein, was sitting in front of the building playing his Pianobike. It is a home built, DIY, contraption that sounds marvelous as you will hear in this video. Boogie away brother… you can learn more about St. Frankenstein by clicking HERE

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