February 3, 2012—South FIRST FRIDAYS art walkPosted on January 29th, 2012 No comments
JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on FEB 3rd. RSVP
It all kicks off at 7pm! — ART WALK venues are free and open to the public
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map
N’TENCE Hallucinations, a group exhibition by N’TENCE collective
Members of N’TENCE will be sharing artwork they created while experiencing past hallucinations. Visitors will experience an overwhelming sense of deja vu as each of the artists have seen into the very near future psychically drawing from personal thoughts and wishes from the people who will be visiting the gallery during the length of the exhibition. N’TENCE includes: Kristin Farr, Able Brown, David Hopp, Isaac McKay-Randozzi, Don Pendleton and Porous Walker. Live music by Comfort Slacks.
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map
Group showing of Bay Area clay superstars: Jan Schachter, Joe Battiato, Dan Dermer, Doris Fischer-Colbrie, Mark Goudy, Donna Hills, Joy Imai, Phyllis Lee, Hsin-Chuen Lin, Linda Mau, Heather Pedersen, Lauren Walters, Jito Yumibe
Visit on February 3rd for the South First Friday Art Walk… Take in our eclectic display of ceramic artwork, play at the clay table, and watch the potters juggling clay, water, and fire!
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
KALEID Gallery presents two new feature exhibitions by artists Centa Schumacher and Al Preciado with a special performance by Cellist Freya Seeburger.
Lunar Phases a new photography series by Centa Schumacher
Every one of these digitally composited images are made from personal photographs –some “serious”, some snapshots–that Schumacher has taken over the years. By layering and overlapping these images in the shape of familiar lunar phases, she evokes the cyclical nature of life, as nothing can truly be counted on but change. However, underneath it all, the true self remains, sometimes illuminated and uplifted by the change, other times left in murky shadow.
Brutal / Tender recent works by Al Preciado
An exhibition of sculptures, paintings, photo collages and installation work encompassing the last 6 months in and out of the studio. “The roughshod and gentle nature of the art reflects a growing appreciation for all sides of my personal growth.”
Join MACLA for an extraordinary evening of art. Opening in MACLA’s Gallery: 4th Chicana/o Biennial: This is the NOW! an exhibition and public forum conceived to take inventory of and invite reflection every two years on the continuously emergent energy, critical edge, and aesthetic interventions within contemporary Chicano art.
95 South Market St: Shannon Amidon Kanji Garden
Kanji Garden was created using hundreds of cut, hand dyed, and folded books that were destined for a landfill. The reused books that received a new life were titled “Understanding Kanji Characters” by Ping-gam Go.
San Jose Jazz at Eulipia Restaurant – 374 South First St. map
Rick Vandivier is a guitarist who has found inspiration in influences that stretch from Andres Segovia and Pat Metheny to Jimi Hendrix. His enthusiastic performances are daring, soulful, evocative and contagious. For this special First Friday performance, Rick’s tight ensemble “Vandivier,” will present new originals and arrangements that traverse a wide musical and emotional spectrum including modern Jazz and infectious rock, latin and funk grooves.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map
Invisible Lineage showcases the work of four influential mid 20th century fiber artists—Mary Buskirk, Lydia Van Gelder, Mary Walker Phillips, Katherine Westphal—alongside works of four late century artists, Patricia Abrahamian, Pam Moore, Karen Hampton, and Janice Sullivan. Collecting California is our first exhibition featuring quilts and textiles drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection by contemporary California artists. It features recent acquisitions – gifts from both artists and collectors – and showcases the rich variety, legacy, and continued evolution of the California fiber art movement.
Join us for our South First Friday Salon art activity: Make your own fabric Valentine’s Day card.
SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market St. map
Hearts and Arrows
The month of February brings us to thoughts of romance. Love (maybe a little hate) is in the air and so it always is at the SLG Art Boutiki as we present our annual Valentine’s Day themed show Hearts and Arrows. Combining work from some great local artists as well as some of SLG’s stable of comic artsts, the Art Boutiki brings you the month of romance as you have never seen it. Featured are Des Taylor, Genevieve Santos, David Mejia and many more.
Plus live music, free comics and all the things that make Art Boutiki the thing that legends are made of.
Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map
Femme Fatale is a seductive and haunting exhibition exploring the complexities of femininity. Featuring the work of Bay Area artists Jody Alexander, Connie Begg, Victoria May, Stephanie Metz, and Sylvia Min, Femme Fatale is both a subtle homage and commentary of domesticity, social constructs, and the feminine experience.
Jody Alexander references domesticity and “values” through an installation of found objects carefully wrapped in fabric. Fascinated by history and feminine iconography, Connie Begg illuminates the tension of capturing a frightening yet beautiful object through historical photographic processes. Victoria May’s organza and steel based forms reflect her interest in domesticity, tension, and dichotomy, and allude to the fundamental struggles inherent in the human condition. Utilizing wool fibers and textiles, Stephanie Metz attempts to “distill the essence of a creature” and acknowledges our mammalian roots in her mysterious sculptures. Emphasizing light and shadow, Sylvia Min examines the iconic image of the bride through her paintings.
Curated by Sylvia Min, Femme Fatale resonates with overlapping proclivities towards detail, concept, and tone. Monochromatic sculptures, installations, paintings, and photographs seduce and disturb through layers of inherent tensions, enigmatic contrasts, and meticulous handwork.
Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map
New exhibition featuring Henna design inspired paintings by Lisa Mejia and a collection of black and white abstract works as well as the classic portraitures as done by David Mejia. $5 portraits all night.
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!
Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map
Join us after Candlelight Yoga (featuring Power Flow with Amber Henzi 5:30-6:45pm) as we open our doors to welcome art patrons and the downtown community from 7:00-10pm. Our featured artist, Marco Zecchin continues his exhibit, Simply Seen.
Simply Seen, a Photographic Journey by Marco Zecchin
Unwrapping the gift on my 11th birthday revealed a dream come true… A Kodak Brownie camera!
As a dream, this simple little plastic camera, was the embodiment of all the imagined realities that this regularly visited dream allowed me to explore. So on this day, I held in my hands, my “Magic Lantern.” But unlike the original, mine granted me the same wish as many times as I wanted — the wish to render what I saw as proof, to myself and others, that what I saw was real!
Now, 45 years later, living a life defined by photography, I keep searching for the simplicity of those days.
Newer cameras, complicated technology, client’s needs and my own artistic aesthetic have changed how I photograph and see but I can still feel, to this day, the simple excitement from that birthday. It is the litmus test I choose to help identify when I’m following “my bliss.” It was this feeling that I experienced, when I first used the Hipstamatic Camera application on my phone, that made me choose to dedicate myself to it for a year.
With the simplicity implied in it’s name — Kodak’s classic Instamatic camera — the Hipstamatic asked me to look at the world with the same sense of innocence and wonder. Not that this is easy to do but I have delighted in the daily use of this “divining rod” to seek out my bliss and collect my “Simply Seen” photographs in search of simpler days and simpler ways!
Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map
Phantom Galleries presents artist Katrina Marie Loera’s debut solo exhibition Blessed Are the Beasts, For They Shall Inherit the Earth at Good Karma Vegan Cafe.
Blessed Are the Beasts, For They Shall Inherit the Earth is a collection of images honoring the animals and people of this planet for their sacrifice, patience, long-suffering, beauty, and grace.
METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map
Join us for the Metro Photo Exhibit Live. Local. Loud. Photography by Jessica Shirley-Doonelly and Claire Young.
Phantom Galleries presents Catchwork in Rhythm paintings by Ricky Gumbrecht at Pho69
Ricky Gumbrecht’s paintings want your entire attention. They catch your eye in many different ways and dimensions: through forms that seem on the verge of becoming movement; through texture that you quite irresistibly want to touch; and above all through their colors: bright colors and gloomy colors, colors joyful, harmonious and sometimes melancholic. Once these pictures have caught your eye, you want to take a time-out and remain in the space that they are unfolding: you want to stay there with your mind and with your body and you want to enjoy the intensity of your senses’ reaction. Each painting takes you to a small new world of its own, and the more the rhythm between them accelerates, the more excited, quiet and concentrated you feel.
Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map
Psycho Donuts in downtown San Jose is a quirky donut shop and art gallery. The gallery displays top local artists and has an ongoing exhibit featuring the work of John Renzel, Lacey Bryant, Nicolas Caesar, Murphy Adams, Christine Benjamin, Michael Foley, Michael Borja, Carlos Villez, Eric Joyner, Laura Callin Bennett, Michelle Waters and John Hageman.
South First Billiards & Lounge – 420 South First St. map
Information not available at time of posting.
5-9pm ALL AGES. 9pm-close 21+
TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map
Please join us at TechShop San Jose and experience the Space Palette made by TechShop member Tim Thompson. The Space Palette is a Kinetc-based instrument that was made at TechShop.
6–9pm DYAD: an exhibition that explores the relationship between two pieces of art.
This is a group show of thirty local artists who have chosen two pieces of their art to exhibit together as a unit. The theme of the show is intended to create an exhibition of paired works that suggest a dialogue or create a dynamic interaction; be it complimentary or opposite, attraction or repulsion or somewhere in between the works are attempting to engage each other as well as the viewer. Curated by Valerie Raps.
Live Classical Guitar by Gene Torchia
Stop by the TOTEM booth during the SOUTH FIRST Friday Art Walk for your chance to win a free pair of tickets, pick-up a special limited time discount card and check out the local Cirque-inspired performer! TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil opens March 2nd at the Taylor Street Bridge.
For more information on TOTEM, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/TOTEM1stfriday