Burner Definition

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

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Niz Brings Her Stencils to the Bash

Niz was born in Lima, Peru. She came to the United States for the first time when she was 4 before finally moving to the San Francisco Bay Area when she was 12 years old. Niz's artistic began with educating at-risk youth in California through murals, fliers and zines. Her involvement and passion for graffiti, skateboard and other subcultures like hip hop, reggae and punk rock led her to create art on skateboards and grip tape in 2003. Around the same time, she also began experimenting with stencil art. Her early work was infused with religious themes painted on skateboards with acrylic, while her most recent work has taken the shape of large-scale stenciled portraits on walls and canvas. Niz has stenciled walls and shown her work all over the United States and abroad.

Recent accomplishments include a gallery show at SOMArts Gallery in San Francisco and painting at the Graffitti All-star weekend in Puerto Rico. Her work has been published in several books: Stencil Nation (San Francisco), Heart and Soul (New York), 400ml, Do It Yourself (France) and Austin: East of I 35 (Austin, TX). She has also been featured in several magazines including The Huffington Post, Concrete Wave, Famiglia Magazine and Lucy Magazine. Niz currently resides in Austin, TX.

See Niz's work here:

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

DJ Tats

Check out another great talent that is set to perform at the Balcones Burner Bash. DJ Tats is known for his mad turntable skills. See him in action here:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Balcones Burner Bash Flyer

We've been fortunate that so many talented artists want to contribute to the success of the Balcones Burner Bash. This includes the work done on our flyers. These should start popping up all over Austin. Be on the look out for them!

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Artist Profile: Jon Booker

Born in sunny Southern California in 1977, Jon first began drawing when he was four. His father a very talented musician, opened his ears to music, which became his first passion. His uncle, Paul Booker, inspired Jon with his art. Paul experimented with a variety of artistic techniques, everything from photography, water colors, oils, to experimental abstract painting. Towards his later years Paul began an experiment with enamels which ultimately influenced Jon's life. Jon used this motivation from his uncle and created a new style based off what he observed. His uncle's artistic exploration ended with arranged statements and expressions of color, Jon's exploration is just beginning.

His foregrounds contain a variety of mediums that both titillate and tantalize the eye with the stark differences of his sustained intensity and brilliant color schemes. This has been known as his "Release Technique." Jon developed another passion, travel. His mother re-married and then relocated his sister and himself to a small, but affluent town in Israel, outside of Tel Aviv. He attended an exclusive school that began to invest time and interest in his drawings, while his family began to respect his unique skill. Jon also began traveling to the Middle East and Europe, seeing some of the world's most historic and beautiful artwork and museums. Each of these places held another fascinating type of art which furthered his artistic exploration, Graffiti.

After returning to the US , Jon spent the next ten years moving from San Francisco to Seattle and then New York. During this time he was exposed to a variety of spray can art. This form of cultural expression and art deeply affected the way Jon used to see his uncle's canvases. Jon felt it was necessary to mix his passion for abstract art with his new passion for graffiti, and then let both collide together in an abstract thought process on either wood or canvas. The early nineties found Jon a new identity, Slie. Now with a knowledge of letters and color from studying graffiti and a developed abstract thought process from his abstract paintings, Jon is very happy to share his art. Jon currently resides in Austin TX.
Gold Key Winner in Highest Art Competition in Lubbock
Have hosted artwork in Buddy Holly Art Center & the Lubbock Art Trail
Fortunate to be apart of Emerge Urban Art show and Aerossault

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Artist Profile: Cody Seigmund

Born in Taylor, Texas, this artist quickly called Austin home. For the past 17 years Cody's main focus has been large scale murals in many styles from traditional hip hop inspired street Graffiti to
skateboarding industry fueled logos, caricatures and letterforms. His art reflects the freedom and peace found in skateboarding, cycling, music, love, life and laughter.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Graffiti Glossary

You probably wondered why our event was called the Balcones Burner Bash especially when you read the description. What does burning have to do with graffiti art? If you asked yourself this question, and you fear you are not hip to the lingo, check out the following site:

You'll learn terms like All City, Ding-Dong and Toy. Read up and then test your knowledge out at the event on March 6!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Artist Profile - MESANGER

Over the next few weeks we are going to be profiling the artists who will be taking part in the Balcones Burner Bash competition.

Artist Profile - MESANGER
MESANGER started "serious" graffiti painting in 1997 in west Texas. After a four year run in the desert, he moved to Austin. In an effort to broaden his artistic horizons, he became a member of Austin's local hip hop group, MSG crew. Over the next five years he made many connections in the art and music scene through his work with the MSG crew. These connections allowed MESANGER to expand his art to include more formal settings, like gallery shows and organized music events. MESANGER has been fully immersed in the urban art world. His work has appeared in venues coast to coast, and he is committed to promoting Austin's hip hop scene. He has had the opportunity to paint along side some of the most accomplished artists in the Texas graffiti art world, and he has shared the stage with some of underground hip hop's biggest names. Through all of his experiences in the underground music and art scenes, he gives back to the community through sound and sight as the MESANGER.

ARTSeen Alliance to Join B3 Team

ARTSeen Alliance has graciously agreed to help the B3 team set up for the big event. Their services are essential to putting on a great event. This includes setting up lighting, a sound system, stage equipment, etc. The mission of the ARTSeen Alliance is to connect the people of Austin with art. Here are some bullet points about the organization:
  • The ARTSeen Alliance is a diverse core team connected by a growing network of talented artists and visionaries.
  • The ARTSeen Alliance believes that everybody inherently wants to participate in creation of art, technology, and new ideas, and that this creative connection supports well being.
  • The ARTSeen Alliance produces interactive and unique events blending all forms of art, music, design, media, technology, and sustainability.
  • The ARTSeen Alliance creates environments to enhance events of all kinds.
  • The ARTSeen Alliance operates venues in Austin that support their mission and are working to open a creative "make - space" for the public to enjoy!

We are thrilled by the support we've seen from the art community. The generosity of ARTSeen Alliance is just another example of this generosity. Check out their website at www.artseenalliance.com to see their good work in the arts.