South FIRST FRIDAYS

An eclectic evening of Arts & Culture in downtown San Jose's SoFA district (and beyond) every First Friday of the month
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  • August 4, 2017 — South FIRST FRIDAYS presents ArtwalkSJ & STREET MRKT

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    JOIN US for the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk & STREET MRKT
    First Friday AUGUTST 4th from 7–11pm
    SoFA District (& beyond) downtown San Jose

    The South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk is a self-guided, nighttime tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances.

    STREET MRKT is a hyperlocal urban faire featuring 40+ artists, creative vendors and music out on South First Street (between San Carlos and Parque de los Pobladores) in the SoFA District.

    All ArtwalkSJ venues and the STREET MRKT are FREE admission & open to the public.


    NEW EXHIBITS…

    • Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map


      Opening reception: ASARO Collective (Oaxaca, Mexico)
      featuring music by Sonido Clash

      ANNO DOMINI // the second coming of Art & Design is proud to present an exhibit by the courageously vocal Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca (ASARO).

      ASARO seeks to create awareness and generate ideas that help consolidate a contemporary ideology current, centered on humanistic values, in order to break the schemes imposed by the system and to generate a society free of alienation through revolutionary art.

      Creative capacity is a strategy that historically has been used by the town of Oaxaca to survive and be revitalized. The Asemblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca (ASARO) arises from the need to reject and transcend authoritarian forms of power and institutional culture that has been characterized as discriminatory and dehumanizing, seeking to impose a single version of reality and a morality based on simulacrum.

      Against the government’s irrationality of holding itself in power, ASARO seeks to create images that synthesize the critical force that is born from the neighborhoods, the people and the youth.

      We believe that public art (various artistic disciplines) is a form of communication that allows dialogue with all sectors of society, and makes possible the visualization of the real conditions of existence, norms and contradictions of the society we live in.

      We take the form of assembly because we believe in the possibility of recovery of the community with the power of art, and because the assembly is the form in which the people come together and make decisions on collective interests. ~ASARO

    •  Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map


      Opening reception: An Ear of Grain in Silence Reaped by Nathan Byrne and Centa Schumacher

      An Ear of Grain in Silence Reaped is the culmination of Nathan Byrne and Centa Schumacher’s summer residency at the Art Ark Gallery. The show’s title refers to the central epiphany of the Eleusinian Mysteries: a wordless knowledge, once gained, that altered the seeker forever. Drawing from sources that range from Homeric hymns to the film The Neverending Story, the show includes projections, photographic prints, and 16-foot tall soft sculptures. At the center of the gallery is an immersive structure where viewers enter and are bathed in an otherworldly light.

    • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

      Art is Life and Only Life. A Gianfranco Paolozzi Retrospective

      KALEID gallery is very proud to present this 40 year retrospective of art work by resident gallery artist Gianfranco Paolozzi. Please join us at 7:30pm for a tour of the show led by Gianfranco and a live performance by the Paolozzi Tango Trio.

      Gianfranco was born in a small Italian village in 1952. He has always been an artist and musician; he remembers drawing and creating art from as early as preschool and received his prized accordion at the age of 9 (which he continues to play while performing with his Paolozzi Tango Trio).

      As a young man in the 60’s, he sold two oil paintings to pay for a vacation around Italy with friends. It was then he started experimenting with photography. After completing his Italian military duty of service; he followed the love of his life to America in 1972, married her and now have 3 grown children. The 80’s were full of art shows throughout Silicon Valley and the decade in which his first piece of the “Collagements” series was born (using photographs on plexiglass). The 90’s brought several solo shows for Gianfranco which led to a greater expansion of his presence in San Jose’s illustrious art and music scene. Presently, he continues to be prolific with his “Journals” series and has officially switched the titles of all his art pieces, past and present, to “Journals” because they are forever evolving until they are sold.

    • MACLA Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana – 510 South First St. map


      8-10pm IN THE CASTELLANO PLAYHOUSE THEATER:
      Corazón Salvaje emanates an aural concoction of Afro-Latin, punk, and poetry. The Corazón beat has been all over the SF Bay Area and this year it will reach So Cal and their Mexican roots. Their diverse musical background shapes the thunder and roar that radiates from the stage. Corazón Salvaje image courtesy of Quixotefilms.com


      “I Do not Consent to you Entering My Home” (2017), Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari

      IN THE VISUAL ARTS GALLERY:
      From the current housing crisis to sanctuary cities and refugee communities, Shelter/Refugio (Refuge) looks at physical and conceptual spaces of shelter and refuge to call attention to the current crises redefining the American landscape. Artists: Sergio De La Torre, Elena Guzman, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Monica Martinez, Adriana Monsalve, Chris Treggiari.

      5:30-7pm IN THE DMC STUDIO AT MACLA: MACLA’s DMC Beat Battle Royal
      As part of our South First Friday Monthly Youth Showcase, the DMC Studio at MACLA presents our first annual BEAT BATTLE ROYAL! Sign-up in person at the DMC Studio. Youth ages 13-24 are welcome to enter the competition. This is an all-ages event and everyone is encouraged to attend.

    • PhantomGalleries at The Pierce – 2 Pierce Ave. map

      Opening reception: Structures: Photography by Michael Singer
      with live music by David DiLullo & Soul Tones (sets at 8pm, and 10pm).

      Phantom Galleries is proud to present a collection of abstract black & white photographs that explore geometric harmony and architecture. Comparing and contrasting patterns from the natural world with man-made structures, this exhibit presents photographs of world-renowned buildings as well as moments captured during Tanzanian safaris.

      With over 30 years experience as a photographer, Michael Singer is also a furniture designer. His photographs range from the documentary to the interpretive. He frequently strives to illuminate the inherent line, tonality, and rhythm of a scene through the use of black and white presentation. He highlights the graphic nature of images from both the built and natural worlds, often through abstraction.

      Exhibition produced by guest curator Vivian Giourousis.

    • Phantom Galleries at Pho69 – 321 South First St. map


      Familiar Space…..
      by Marisol Picazo & Robbie Lopez

      Robbie and Mari explore various environments and subjects in their work. Both have acquired a passion for exploring and documenting, utilizing the camera as a tool to engage in visual storytelling. Both of their work is inspired by memories from their past, travels and people they interact with. In this exhibit, Robbie exhibits a selection of works captured on the road within the United States. Mari exhibits selected works of one of her favorites places to shoot, San Francisco. She exhibits selected images of Chinatown and its surrounding areas. Both prefer to shoot with their film cameras because it slows down the process of being present and pushes them to be more selective when it comes to creating an image. All images shot with 120mm and 35mm film.
      Exhibition produced by guest curator Robertino Ragazza.

    • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map


      “Live for Your Likes” painting by Erika Gomez Henao

      Taking Liberties the 40th anniversary member exhibition

      Works’ 2017 member exhibition is an arts community celebration of 40 years of democratic, community access art. This non-juried exhibit of artists who support the community building concept of Works will reveal the broad range of messages, experiences, methods, and styles of our multifaceted community. Members of Works/San José range from widely exhibited and collected artists to emerging artists and even some newcomers exhibiting for the first time. Celebrate the diversity of our visual arts community on view together at Works.

    • LGBTQ Youth Space – 452 South First St. map

      We’re participating in the STREET MRKT! Look for our booth in front of our building.

    • Social Policy – 200 South First St. map


      OUR HEAVEN is the unification of Asian & Pacific mixed-media artists. It incorporates the concept of 天下(tiānxià/tien-hsia), which means ‘Under Heaven,’ the ideology was meant to unify all nations as one under heaven. OUR HEAVEN is intended to provide a space and bring visibility to Asian artists in the Bay Area and to dismantle the Eurocentric perspective of the western art space.

      We would also like to emphasize that East Asian privilege exists and tends to saturate “Asianness” and cause erasure of mixed, South, South East, West, Central, and Pacific Asians. Asian culture is not a monolith! We will not tolerate this in our space. Please prioritize multiethnic/, brown, black, and Latinx -/Asian bodies here. We witness you, and this is for you.

      Photography by: 0752am, 18%GREY, Adrian Discipulo, Belden Granada, Quan Danny Tran, Roan Bontempo and Rocky Nguyen

      Illustrations by: Aaron Coleman, Moni, Mudbloodead, Nam MacNguyen, Olivya Nora, Samantha Huang, Saoirse Alesandro and SPICYINARI

      Poetry by: Mudbloodead, and Sean Carino

      Visuals by: Josiah Columna

      Beats by: Arumi, and sweetbn_

      Performance times:

      8:30 PM: Poetry reading by Sean Carino
      8:40 PM: Beats by sweetbn_
      9:15 PM: Poetry reading by mudbloodead
      9:25 PM: DJ set by Arumi

    • SoFA Market – 387 So. First St. map

      Art by Miguel Machuca

      I am glad I have the opportunity to display some old and current work. It’s a collection of different pieces and styles, stages in my life. At the same time, displaying few finished framed drawing concepts of future works and ideas that will most likely be larger pieces.

      The mixed media work “ The masks” are pieces I created inspired by my Mexican heritage. From stacking frames to silk roses and flowers, colorful palette of traditional influences. It was another way to express the admiration I have for Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s greatest artist. I feel I succeeded embodying her spirit into the work.

      My inspirations for my abstract work is “life” as it unfolds. Coming from a live art painting perspective and style at local art shows in San Jose and Bay Area. This was a great way to learn to lose myself in the sounds and movements of my environment. Plus it also taught me to push the envelope and to become one with the experience and the interaction with the public’s questions making the experience much more meaningful.

      My Cubism is no other then my Soul taking shape in many forms. Life is movement, it never stops expanding , never really stops just takes form into another shape and so on. Sometimes it’s as easy as explaining that it becomes” Me “ transforming into geometrical forms. I like to believe that my connection to the universe sparks these visions. The feeling of balance becomes easier to embrace. Most of the time I let the lines and points of each piece lead me without questioning this flow and to only attempt to understand the “why” it took me there. Once I step back and gaze into the work, i realize its meaning and what represents in my life. This is a way my Artwork talks to me, like a silent conversation between the self and the inner self.

      My Drawing concepts are a collection of ideas and influences and inspirations from sacred geometry, astrology, alchemy, spirituality, nature, the unconsciousness, religion, ancient beliefs and dreams. These will be larger scale pieces to the body of work for my first solo exhibition at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara from September 1, 2018 – November 11, 2018. The body of work speaks of the awareness from the self and the liberation of conditioned thoughts from our society into full free thoughts of the inner self connecting to a greater picture. “We all are one and one is all of us”, as well as everything that surrounds us, a humble visual explanation of painful experiences and the strengthening and embrace to it all. ~ Miguel Machuca

    • Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map

      Urbanization by Peter Edwards

      This series of mono and relief prints explore the juxtaposition between urbanization and how it affects the natural world. It is a colorful yet dark depiction of the rise or ‘growth’ of the wants and needs of a technologically advancing society and the impact it has on our world.

    • TechShop San Jose – 38 South Second St. map

      “Blue Collar Leisure” by Ryan Carrington

      This show is the culmination of a three-month artist-in-residency where Carrington, who teaches sculpture courses at Santa Clara University, learned how to use the computer controlled machines at the Tech Shop to create a sculptural body of work revolving around the class structure in America, and the shift in public perspective of blue and white collar workers in this country.

    CONTINUED EXHIBITS…

    • Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map

      Reclaimed by Elba Raquel Martinez

      This body of work is part of a series exploring the ties between nature, artist, and colors. Each color symbolizes important events in my life, which coincide with a hair wrap I have been color coding in my own hair for the past four years. As life experiences shape the person, art and color begin to shift for the artist in a transformation of concept and style. The original series titled “Life Strings” keeps expanding with this 13th piece as the reclaiming of this sculptural art form of branches and yarn.

      Elba Raquel was born and raised in San Jose. She graduated in 2005 from Evergreen Valley College with an AS in Design. Immediately following she moved to “The City” to study at the San Francisco Academy of Art University where she graduated in 2008 with a BFA in Illustration. Currently she runs the art department at Latino College Preparatory Academy and is pursuing her Master’s in Art Education at Santa Clara University. She is an active free lance illustrator and exhibiting artist in San Jose. As a 2-D and 3-D artist, Elba Raquel blends both realms in a playful manner. Her Mexican cultural influence reflects in her pieces through rhythm and color into what can be described as “fantastic realism.”

      First Fridays is Caffe Frascati Opera Night presented by First Street Singers, with the Bay Area’s finest opera singers performing your very favorite classical arias and duets live in the cafe! for the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk.


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  • This nighttime urban faire features 40+ artists, creative vendors and music out on South First Street (between San Carlos and Parque de los Pobladores) in the SoFA District. All art venues and the Street Mrkt are FREE admission & open to the public.

    STREET MRKT is supported in part by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose.

    PARTICIPATING ARTISTS & INDIE CREATIVES:
    American Temple
    Mike Borja
    Keith Bunnell
    David Canavese
    Classic Loot
    Content Magazine
    Masako Esparragoza
    Farm Fresh to You
    Lindsey Farrar
    Force 129 & Betty Proper
    Francisco Franco
    Cynthia Gonzalez
    Hand in Hand Henna
    Kyle Harter
    Matthew Heimgartner
    Human Specimen
    Jodi 408
    Dave Leder
    LGBTQ Youth Space
    The Lola x Kenneth Collaboration
    Nicole Margaret
    Make Me Holey Body Piercing
    Moonshine Rose Trading Co.
    Sean Nash
    Travis Osterback
    Roberto Romo Omicuauhtli
    Ouderspace Boards
    Petite Galleria
    Pharaoh Botanicals
    Al Preciado
    Francisco Ramirez
    San Jose Bicycles
    Mathew Scizluna
    Sea Señorita Studios
    South Bay Burners
    SteamyTech
    Visual Confections
    WORKS Gallery
    Zonkey

    MUSIC & PERFORMANCE:
    Bloco do Sol San Jose
    (7:30pm on S. 1st St. at San Salvador St.
    8:30pm on S 1st St. at William St. in Parque De Los Pobladores)

    Chulita Vinyl Club
    (S. 1st St. in front of California Theater)

    EOM Sessions (Parque De Los Pobladores)

    STREET MRKT Beer Garden sponsored by Lagunitas
    (S 1st St. at William St. in Parque De Los Pobladores)

    GOURMET FOOD TRUCKS:
    3 Bros Kitchen
    Chef Dreams
    Creative SIPS
    Falafel Fresh
    Rice Rockit
    Soulenese
    Takoz Mod Mex
    Twisted Chill