Burner Definition

Burner (noun): An elaborate mural painted by an urban artist, usually on the side of a subway or railcar.

Friday, January 29, 2010

DJ Tako Sneak Peak

Competition Rules

Although the artists will not be expected to submit your design for the finals, the following rules must be considered:

1) All final artwork must be designed using one or all of these themes:
-Environmental causes – recycling, conservation, sustainability, etc.
-A celebration of Austin/Texas
*Murals that do not use one of these themes will be disqualified and will not be considered for any of the cash prizes.

2) There will be a time limit of 5 hours in which to finish the piece. All artwork will be considered complete after the expiration of this time and will be judged accordingly.

3) Montana Hard Core will supply the paint for this event. Any additional paint required by the artist will be the responsibility of the artist. Balcones will provide the canvas in the form of one rail car side measuring 20ft. X 11ft. per finalist.

4) All participants must wear respirators at all times while painting throughout the duration of the competition. Participants will be required to sign a waiver in which they will assume all responsibility for their own safety during the competition.

5) All artwork must be original. It should not be adapted from any existing design or used in other competitions. In the event the design contains copyright materials, participants shall be responsible for securing all relevant and necessary permissions or license to uses these materials. Balcones Resources shall not be responsible for any infringement of copyrights or intellectual property.

6) Balcones Resources reserves the right to remove or disqualify any artwork, which in their opinion, contains malice, discrimination, profanity or is culturally insensitive.

7) The judges will be a pre-selected panel consisting of two artists and two lay person judges. The murals will be judged on the following:
o Relevance to the theme
o Creativity
o Composition
o Technique
o Use of Color

The scores will be tabulated and the winners will be announced on March 6. The cash prizes are as follows:
o First Place - $2500
o Second Place - $1500
o Third Place - $1000

See Sloke One in Action

Thursday, January 28, 2010

B3 Artists & Entertainers Announced

The Balcones Burner Bash is dedicated to celebrating the local talent found in Austin. We are proud to announce the artists that will be competing at the Balcones Burner Bash on March 6th. They include
  • MES
  • MEZ
  • REKS
  • REI
  • SPIK
  • SLIE
DJs scheduled to appear include CHORIZO FUNK, SILENT ROB, CAUZE ONE, TAKO, and TATS.

MCs are also going to be a part of the entertainment. MCs who have committed to the event are ZEALE and MSG CREW.

Last but certainly not least, we are so excited to add ROMEO NAVARRO and RECON who present BBOY CITY. They will be wowing the crowd with breakdancing.

It is going to be a fun and interactive event filled with high energy performances and the unique opportunity to see Austin's emerging and outstanding urban artists.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nathan Nordstrom joins B3 Team

See more work from Nathan and some of the other Burner artists here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/piecedtogether09/sets/72157623122566325/

In order to prepare for this event, Balcones Resources contacted Nathan Nordstrom, a well-known Austin urban artist. Nathan will serve as a consultant for the competition.

Nathan began painting in 1990, and his works and exhibits include teaching "Graffiti as Art" through the City of Austin, The Austin City Hall art show, The Austin Musuem of Art (AMOA), and The Arthouse. Most recently he co-curated and participated in a traveling exhibit of Texas graffiti artists called “Pieced Together” which was held at the Lombardi Gallery in Austin. In addition to Texas, this exhibition toured Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and San Francisco. Images from Pieced Together can be seen here: flickr.com/piecedtogether09

Nathan's website is http://www.slokeone.com/.

B3 To Benefit The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Balcones Resources supports environmental causes, and we wanted our new event to benefit an organization that shared this support. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a natural fit.

All net proceeds from the event will be contributed to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is dedicated to educating the public about the environmental necessity, economic value and natural beauty of native plants and landscapes. In addition to a monetary contribution, Balcones Resources also plans to donate painted recycling containers to the center for use at their facility.

Austin is lucky to the be the site of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. We are spoiled to have such beauty in our backyards, and we hope the money raised by this event will help the center to educate future Texans about their state's natural beauty and precious resources.

The Center's website is www.wildflower.org

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ann Richards School to Participate in B3

Balcones has also partnered with the Ann Richards School for Young Women. Their art classes have been given the opportunity to design and paint their own recycling container. The Ann Richards School, one of the many Austin Independent School District schools serviced by Balcones Recycling, shares the same community values as Balcones Recycling. Though not directly part of the competition, the involvement of the Ann Richards School in this event demonstrates the importance of corporate involvement with local education and the support of the artistic talents of our youth. The container and painting, once completed will be located on the campus of the Ann Richards School, and used for their recycling program. The container will be on display at the competition.