April 19, 2014
From the Burnt Asphalt Family website
We are an artist collective made up of artists, designers, fabricators, chefs and educators. Our events merge performance, craft, installation, food, and kinetic works. We began in 2007 with 5 people and since have grown to over 30. As a family we share resources and are a creative engine that creates experiences where the audience is a vital part of the work.
Through performing craft we hope to redefine the notion of craftsmanship and studio practice of the glass artist. Our beginning performances set out to transform the hot shop and combine a glass demonstration, a play and an actual family dinner. Our next performances focused on redefining the definition of the dinner table and comparing the kitchen to the studio to create a “family space” where a collective labor is performed.
Our events have focused on community in order to raise awareness of the various properties and new applications of glass and to allow people to question their own ideals of craft, entertainment, social values, and consumerism.
Jessica Jane Julius, Erica Rosenfeld and Emma Salamon
In April 2014 we presented a small performance at the Bay Area Glass Institute in San Jose in collaboration with the talented students from San Jose State University's Glass Program run by Cassandra Straubing. In a short couple of days we teamed up with the students and local community and presented a live event that involved 6,000 sporks, multiple abandoned shopping carts, a beautiful wooden keg donated from Gordon Biersch brewery next door, 4,000 cocktail umbrellas and many wonderful people including Joan Phillips and Lisa Willmes and Maribel Martinez-Willmes. Joan inspired us through her amazing energy and personality and Lisa and Maribel handed over their kitchen along with stories and many laughs.
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Photos from the event.