March 4, 2011 — South FIRST FRIDAYS art walkPosted on February 25th, 2011 No comments
JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on MARCH 4th!
7pm ’til 11pm — ART WALK venues are free and open to the public
SoFA District (So. First Street between San Carlos and E. Reed streets)
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map
Artist’s Reception: Funerals new works by Mike Egan
In his newest body of work, Pittsburgh, PA artist Mike Egan looks back on his time spent working in funeral homes. Surrounded by death and mourning, Mike started painting not only the stories of those who have passed, but the stories of those left behind after one’s passing; the mourners, the lovers, the hurt and the relieved. Funerals shows death in a tongue-in-cheek perspective of the one’s who have passed, the ones who survived, and the people who deal with death on a day to day, the clergy. Devils and crosses, clergymen spitting blood, and skeletons smoking pipes; Funerals shows satire in death and the rituals of saying goodbye.
Live music: Tim Christol and Ben Henderson of Good Hustle trading sets throughout the evening.
Currently on view in galleryONE: Auroral Dreaming new sculptures by Derek Weisberg
Derek Weisberg returns to Anno Domini for his second solo exhibition with a brand new body of ambitious and courageous work. Weisberg continues to examine his own life and the world around him, attempting to answer questions, which have plagued humans since the beginning of time.
Art Glass Center of San Jose – 465 South First St. map
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map
Reception for Fred Yokel plus an evening of pottery wheel demonstrations, kids’ clay table, and light refreshments.
Fred Yokel’s figurative sculptures reveal the wry sense of humor of their maker. Yokel spends hours creating each new character he undertakes, building each one from foot to head, ensuring balance and stability and “jesture” in the final form. Humorous taglines let us in on the back-story leading to each sculpture’s frozen moment in time.
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
Artist’s Receptions for Dotti Cichon & Kathleen Wolf
Dotti Cichon: The Grandeur of the Commonplace: Impressions of Europe two bodies of photographic work from a recent trip to Europe.
The Grandeur of the Commonplace explores the incredible beauty of ordinary places such as train stations, shopping malls, shops and stairways in panoramic photographs that exaggerate perspective by having forced the camera to do things it was not meant to do. Impressions of Europe, work done in Paris and Les Andelys in France is an homage to the impressionist painters who attempted to capture “impressions” and not just copy reality which is something that, by definition, is a challenge to emulate as a photographer.
Kathleen Wolf: Almost Edible This exhibition is comprised of several approaches to food painting: the earliest works represent visual recipes, the second is comprised of viewing food from multiple viewpoints or having it disappear off over the horizon, creating a different type of visual movement. The third, and most recent work invites the viewer to participate in the purchase of food from places they are familar with, an Ice Cream Parlor, Bakery, Deli, etc.
Novelas, Love and Other Adventures featuring the work of Jaime Hernandez, Favianna Rodriguez, Rio Yañez and Mayra Ramirez, presents graphic works and comic storytelling that explores the sub culture of Latino barrio life, American punk and 80’s rock music, along with complex female protagonists. Join us for Favianna Rodriguez’s artist talk at 7 pm.
Phantom Galleries – art exhibits in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces
386 South First St: Featuring two exhibitions…
Yumiko & Reiko Miyagawa: Miyagawa sisters’ first collaboration photo show. The sisters came up with themes that have contrastive ideas, and each one took photos with “our weirdo heads’ imagination!”
Mike Park: Mike Park exhibits the different colors of VINYL.
San Jose Jazz at Eulipia Restaurant – 374 South First St. map
Wally Schnalle has been skirting around the Bay Area jazz scene since he quit his Silicon Valley desk job in order to pursue a career playing drums back in 1984. Since then, the freewheeling percussionist has found himself headlining shows across California as well as landing on the bill for several festivals, including the big one in Monterey. In between concerts, Schnalle’s schedule resembles nothing of his cubicle impaired past life – in fact, it’s pretty much one giant drum-athon, from teaching lessons to his position as editor for DRUM! Magazine.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map
The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles will showcase the work of two collaborating teams of contemporary fiber artists in two unique exhibits on view. Earthly Paradise: Memory, Myth, Metaphor highlights the imaginative quilted works of A Bee, the collective duo of artists, Carrie Houseman and Darbury Novoselic. Eden Re-imagined presents the embroidered work of Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone and is the first time the two artists will have a solo exhibition outside of their native country Argentina. Galleries will also feature two smaller exhibitions: Boy Code, works by Wendy Osher, and Modern Maya, huipils from the collection of Paul and Kathleen Vitale.
South First Friday Salon: Make bottle cap pins with images of famous women for International Women’s Day (7-9pm)
SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market St. map
CAPTAIN BLOOD AND OTHER ROUGES. History and fiction are filled with unsavory characters who are fun to hang out with. Come to think of it, so is life, so this months SLG Art Boutiki shows focuses on pirates and other scoundrels who make lie worth living! Original pages from the comic book series Captain Blood lead the show as well as concept art done for a particular mouse for one of their pirate series.
Live Jazz by Quasimodal and FREE comic books for the whole family.
Works San Jose – 451 South First St. map
Benefit Auction Exhibit and farewell to 451 South First! First Friday is the opening reception for the exhibition of work in the annual Benefit Auction which will take place on March 19. The work of nearly 100 regional artists, who have generously donated to your community art and performance center, will be on view. Artists available for your collecting include Tony May, Binh Danh, Katherine Levin Lau, Angelica Muro, Kathryn Dunlevie, Stan Welsh, Flo Oy Wong, Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian, Anna Koster, Theta Belcher, Laura Callin Bennett, and many more established and emerging area artists. This year’s Benefit Auction will be more significant than ever, as it will be Works/San José’s final exhibition at 451 South First before moving to a new home. Make a bid for community art and help Works celebrate 34 years of continuing nonprofit service to San José.
Caffé Trieste – 315 South First St. map
Opening Reception: Folie à Deux: A Delusion Shared By Two an exhibition of monotype prints by Curt Schauer
In his Folie à Deux series (2009-2010), Curt explores the double sided nature of human behavior and psyche and how it can be internalized within a single individual or between two persons and even a society associated with one another. Even between the artist and the viewer. In the monotypes, the characteristic figurative images can be viewed as two individuals or as one with two distinct or shared personalities. The prints are characterized by broken color patterns creating motion, tension and anxiety within and between. In addition to the Folie a Deux prints, he displays similar and related monotypes created leading up to and during the series. Curt is influenced by artists including Picasso, Vigliaturo and Benzoni. He works in monotype, watercolor, glass and mixed media.
First Fridays are Opera Night! at Caffé Trieste with some of the Bay Area’s best opera singers performing your favorite arias and duets.
Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map
Join us after Candlelight Yoga (6-7:30pm) as we open our doors to welcome the Art Walk patrons and the downtown community. Downtown Yoga Shala is proud to present featured artist and yoga teacher, Natalie Courtney. While studying to become a yoga teacher in Okinawa, Japan, Natalie began photographing the lush and serene landscape of her new home as a meditation on mindfulness, a journey outside of self. She found beauty in simplicity, each photo a moment of awareness, a place in time, a scent to the eye. So began a series of photographs merging Earth, Fire, Water, Air, Space, the Elements collection. Natalie is also the founder of Tranquility Studios, a fusion of yoga, photography and natural cooking. She strives to guide her students toward a lifelong path of balance in body, mind and spirit.
Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map
Artist’s Reception: Phosphene Series: Hand Painted Polaroid Emulsion Lifts by Shannon Amidon
Phosphene is an entoptic phenomenon characterized by the experience of seeing light without light actually entering the eye. Flashes of light, often caused by rubbing the closed eyes. These images were created by hand painting blank 35mm slides. Polaroid pull-a-part prints were created using a vintage slide printer. The prints were boiled in water and the emulsion was carefully removed and placed onto watercolor paper. Each emulsion print is hand manipulated and one of a kind.
METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map
Come join us in the Metro building for Immutable, photography by Michelle Budziak.
Artist’s Reception: Just In Time, Abstracts by Jane Peterman. The series of paintings is a meditation on time and space beginning March 2009 and ongoing.
Pho69 also features live contemporary music on First Fridays. Come check out local bands performing favorite covers and original music.
Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map
On going rotation of new art! by local artists: Michael Foley, Michael Borja, Murphy Adams, John Renzel, Christine Benjamin, Lacey Bryant, Laura Callin Bennett, John Hageman and Valery Milovic!
South First Billiards & Lounge – 420 South First St. map
The Prophecy – A night of music, art, and good energy. Art works by Deth Brain, Nice One, Jaiv1, Dee Jae Pa’este, Mia Ante, Majick, Soil
5-9pm ALL AGES. 9pm-close 21+ venue.
4-9pm Opening Reception: Remarkable Marks mixed media installation exhibition by Shaun Benak
A multi-media installation exploring the adult artist’s imagination that embraces the uninhibited innocence of the child’s perspective.
Curated by Shaun Benak