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  • November 1, 2013 — South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk

    Posted on October 24th, 2013 ArtWalkSJ No comments

    JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on November 1st
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    The South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring exhibitions and special performances.

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

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      Opening reception: The Wind Whips the Palm Fronds new works by Megan Diddie

      Breathing up from the ocean
      To touch the tree covered mountains
      To rain on the forest floors
      The Fog blanketed our vision…

      Now see a car, a pelican flapping by the windshield
      Now see the bramble wrap around the leg
      Now a thousand legs pounding out paths
      Now the forms recoil, the surf slaps the rock

      Phrases meshing images of plants
      into half useful shapes:
      A basket walled on three sides,
      A shawl fraying violently at the end, becoming two
      In air, Bougainvillea vines behind
      A curtain of chimes, pushed by wind
      Clanging against their wills

      Images held, Images remembered
      Now see Flowers in the phone
      Winding through the Fog hung coastal range
      Now trammelling ahead in Flatness
      At rest.

      ~poem by Tim Hogan

      Megan Diddie returns to Anno Domini for her second solo exhibition featuring a new series of works. Having grown up in California but now living in the midwest, Diddie’s perception of the California landscape has changed. What was once familiar is now peculiar as distance, memory and comparisons to new environments change her perspective of her home state.

      Opening Reception: featuring sounds by Matt Davignon

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      On view in galleryTWO: Suicide­ a new series by Barron Storey.

      The legendary illustrator and fine artist Barron Storey returns to Anno Domini for his fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. Having lost several people close to him to suicide: mother, her brother, ex-wife, and close friend, Storey began asking others: “Did you know anyone who committed suicide?” So many did. Storey made drawings of each one in his journals….pages and pages of them. The resulting art works on canvas are poignant, beautifully expressed moments of deep despair and the struggle to understand “why?”.

      An illustrator, graphic novelist, fine artist and noted educator, Barron Storey has created award-winning artworks for the covers and pages of Time, National Geographic, Saturday Review, and The Sandman: Endless Nights, among many others including the cover of the classic novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1980 edition.) His artworks are held in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

      Storey resides in San Francisco, CA and is a professor at California College of the Arts and San Jose State University.

    • Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map

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      Elaine Pinkernell creates fine art for the wall and funky functional tableware. Her creativity is contagious! The ‘Pink’ credo… “Pay attention to process. You may just find that the accident along the way pleases you more than the original goal. And make sure you laugh & play along the way!”

      Elaine Pinkernell’s latest works are displayed with new porcelain work by Chi Wong, and a pit-firing exhibit from the Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild.

      Reception for all the artists featured this November will be held in conjunction with South First Friday Art Walk, November 1st from 7-11pm.

    • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

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      FLOWERS an André Hart & Al Preciado collaboration

      This is a show about flowers, but it’s not really about flowers.
      It’s an exhibition featuring two artists.
      One a loose, out of control, maniac beast of an artist. The other sublime, controlled and
      precise with each brushstroke.
      One represents generation Y, the other is an archaic relic from the baby boomer generation.
      This is a show about creative construction and destruction and reconstruction.
      This is heaven and earth, good and evil.
      This is an angel flowing out with goodness smashing into Satan with his baleful look.
      This is a wordless, nonverbal explosion of two like-minded individuals exploring in an organic
      and intuitive way the process of painting by the combination of divergent styles.
      This is a show about flowers , but it’s really not about flowers.

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

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      Rojas, Jorge, Tortilla Oracle, video still

      Art Exhibiton: MAIZE Y MÁS:From Mother to Monster?
      Work by Yvonne Escalante, Yolanda Guerra, Fernando Mastrangelo, Viva Paredes, and Jorge Rojas
      An exhibition that explores the role that corn plays in our current food system and in Latino culture and uncovers the links between food, cultural identity and health.

      Related Event: 7–11pm Tortilla Oracle performance by Jorge Rojas
      Dance Performance: 8–9:30pmLos Lupeños, Mexican folklorico dances

    • Phantom Galleries – 376 South 1st St. map

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      Phantom Galleries presents Dysfunctional by Andrew Agutos

      “My canvases are windows into an ideal world imagined in my head. Architectural, geometric structures are surrounded and covered in patterns referencing pop art, abstract expressionism and graffiti. Remixed Warhol-camouflage, iconic cartoon imagery and colors from the fashion world are presented in a synthetic space much like the internet. Organic forms are layered with angular shapes, creating environments that are comfortable, chaotic, inviting and unknown.”

    • Phantom Galleries – 95 South Market St. map

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      Phantom Galleries presents Heritage of Rural Life in India by Yasala Balaiah.

      Yasala Balaiah an established senior artist was born in India in 1939 & now resides in Hyderabad. Balaiah is also known for his delightful paintings of “Telangana Women,” drawn from the beautiful rural backdrop of his native land. His colorful paintings of brightly attired, dark complexioned, straight nosed strong boned Telangana women, captured with a native candor brings a refreshing whiff of rural splendor.

      One can’t help but admire the artist’s attention to detail and the extensive work that has gone into not just portraying the expressions but their attire too. Use of bright orange, red, yellow and green has a captivating effect. Whether it is a group of women gossiping in the village or farmers with their cattle, each painting narrates a story of the rural life.

    • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map

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      Fiberart International

      This internationally renowned exhibition is considered the premier platform and benchmark for the latest movements and innovations in the ever-evolving field of fiber art. Pushing the boundaries of fiber art, the exhibit showcases works that are both conceptually groundbreaking and visually stunning. The show, which is a west coast premiere, features 40 works from a diverse group of 37 national and international artists, both acclaimed and emerging, and explores a wide spectrum of textile practices.

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      Cathy Breslaw, Forever Plaid, 2009, Industrial mesh, mixed media, layering and weaving, 17” x 16”

      Translucence: Cathy Breslaw
      Southern California artist Cathy Breslaw’s recent work uses a unique material— an industrial mesh sourced in Shanghai—that she layers, manipulates, and combines to create ethereal abstract hangings.

      Interpretations
      The premier exhibit for our exciting new exhibition program, FiberSpace is Interpretations, which features fourteen cloth panels created by members of the Art Cloth Network. The Art Cloth Network is a nationwide organization of professional artists who focus on the creation of Art Cloth – cloth transformed by adding or subtracting color, line, shape, texture, value or fiber to create beautiful, evocative, and seductive pieces of art. Theses artists believe that cloth in and of itself is beautiful, can invite contemplation, and engage and compel viewers via process, story and tactile appeal.

      Fiber Salon: Etsy Meet & Make
      Join Artist Amy Brown in making mini thread spool charms at the next Etsy Meet & Make Fiber Salon. Thread a spool with bright colored thread or yarn and make your own keychain or necklace charms.

    • Seeing Things Gallery – 30 North Third St. map

      Opening reception: For the Birds featuring artists Katherine Levin-Lau & Kelly Detweiler

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      Kelly Detweiler
      Kelly’s work is varied in content and in media. Having started as a ceramist, the mentality creating multiple objects still resonates in his work. The connection to his ceramic past is echoed in subject matter such as vases and vessels throughout the work. The floral and landscape imagery often refer back to his childhood in Colorado and to his extensive travels as an adult. Aside from the obvious influences of his teachers, the work of many European painters informs his work. Picasso and the cubists, Balthus, Bosch, Bocklin, Beckmann and many more can be seen in various pieces. The overriding sense of the work is a fun loving and optimistic approach to making art and experiencing the world around us.

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      Katherine Levin Lau
      I am a perpetual student of nature. My explorations have taken me to physical places such as tide pools and forests and my learning broadened by museums and books. I am filled with wonder at the beautiful, horrific, bizarre and puzzling intricacies of nature.

      In 1992, I saw my first “curiosity cabinet” at the Royal Palace in Prague. These cabinets, sometimes called wonderkammen, gained popularity with a new breed of collectors during the renaissance and later were the precursors of our modern museums. Originally the hobby of the social elite; the collections became more publicly attainable when men like PT Barnum realized the monetary potential and purchased, displayed and scattered these collections for his own gain. It was wonderful to see the Prague collection, intact and still in all its chaotic glory. A large étagère dominated the room with curved glass doors and shelves crammed to the top with objects. The collection was jumbled with no clear order; stuffed birds, statues, coral, and animal’s paw, dried flower specimens, a shrunken head, turtle shells, a dried puffer fish piled one on top of the other, vying for attention.

      My current body of work reflects the impact of this visit to Prague. I have collected images from nature and anthropology and use these as elements in a personal iconography, (for instance, the crow always represents self). I try to utilize a nonsymmetrical balance and juxtapose images of contrasting origins in homage to the Prague cabinet’s jumbled shelves.

      All the images are hand painted on a zinc plated and printed by many runs through the press. The original paintings are monochromatic and have been enhanced with color layered using viscosity techniques. Often the ghost of one image is used to begin the next print.

      Katherine has shown her works at the following galleries; Branner-Spangenburg Gallery in Palo Alto, Walter Bischoff Galleries in Berlin and Zell Germany, Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia and SOMA Gallery in San Diego just to name a few. Her selected public collections are in the following locations; the San Jose Museum of Art, Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, VillaHaiss Museum of Art in Zell Germany, San Jose Hilton Hotel/City of San Jose, Crocker-Kingsley Museum in Sacramento, Ministry of Belgium Permanent Collection and San Jose State University.

    • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map

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      Outside Inside Out

      Force129 and Niftyvee create a site specific installation with recent mixed media artwork that demonstrates the convergence, clash, and collaborative influences between contemporary and street art in and around their domestic environment.

    • ZERO1 Garage – 439 South First St. map

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      Patent Pending

      Patent Pending, is a group exhibition that uses patents as a starting point to investigate the relationship between artists, ownership, and invention. This exhibition will feature artworks by contemporary artists that have either resulted from, or led to, a patent that the artist has either received a patent for or is patent pending. Participating artists are Maggie Orth, Catherine Richards, Phil Ross, Daniel Rozin, Scott Snibbe, and Camille Utterback & Romy Achituv. As inventors and innovators, artists change the way we look at and interact with the world. Like the entrepreneurs and inventors who have defined Silicon Valley, many artists have patented interfaces, processes, and creations with broad uses beyond their art practice. Patent Pending continues ZERO1’s exploration of the relationship between artists and invention and goes behind the artist’s experiences navigating the patent system to reveal the complexities of owning and sharing ideas in contemporary times. Patent Pending was inspired, in part, by the changes in U.S. patent law that went into effect on March 16, 2013 and repositioned the United States patent filing system from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system, as well as in response to plans to open a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Silicon Valley. Throughout the exhibition, as a means to explore the role of patents in creative communities, ZERO1 will bring together the arts, entrepreneur, and legal communities in dialogue around what the changes to the U.S. patent system mean for inventions and inventors in Silicon Valley and beyond.

    • Cafe Stritch – 374 South First St. map

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      No Walls Between Us: An Exhibition of Jazz Photographs by Kathy Sloane

      Work culled from over 30 years of jazz photography by Kathy Sloane, including images from her 2011 book Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club.

    • Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map

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      A collection of art work upstairs and downstairs of 12 adult artists from Employment and Community Options, a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers adults with developmental disabilities with the skills to reach their goals.

      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!

    • Discover San Jose – 150 South First St., Suite 103 map

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      This month YOU are our featured artists… and for a good cause! Stop by DSJ on Friday, pick up a paint brush and contribute to a progressive, one-of-a-kind community art piece that will be auctioned off for two great downtown causes: Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice.

      The theme: “San Jose: Wish You Were Here” In other words, what is “home” to you? What makes San Jose special in your eyes? Is it a place, a favorite local event or pastime, an intimate gathering spot with friends or your favorite spot to watch the sun set in this amazing climate? Let’s show the world why San Jose is the best city to live, work, play and stay!

      We’ll supply the paint, brushes and canvass. YOU supply the creativity!

    • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map

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      Paths and Portals photography by Marco Zecchin

      Hiking as a child in the Santa Cruz Mountains, lead me to find the subtlest of paths and enchanting hollows and portals. These youthful sensibilities remain embers under the ash of time fanned by the breath of chance and inspiration.

      These days the flicker and sparks of these moments are fodder for my camera. Moments in the presence of magic – if not the mystical. Finding mysterious paths or portals into…

    • Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map

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      Phantom Galleries presents Five Zero Five by Ashley Gulizia at Good Karma Vegan Café.

      Inspiration is drawn from bright colors, striking shapes, and nature. It is the random things and places that spark perspective. Beauty is all over the place – even the rarest of places. Using light to manipulate dramatic scenes, the world becomes surreal. Opening thought to where beauty lies.

    • The Metro Gallery – 550 South First St. map

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      Metro Gallery presents Nature Unraveled Photography By Dharmesh Desai

      Dharmesh Desai is an artist with a long lingering passion for photography, travel and the outdoors. He is known for his rustic journeys where curiosity and a self-taught, impeccable eye for detail allow him to capture the beauty that surrounds him. Dharmesh has framed moments and images of places, things, and beings in some of the most beautiful parts of the world.

      Ever since Dharmesh can remember, he has always had profound respect for nature. He would venture to wilderness camps every chance he got, and be marveled with his surroundings. He wished he could share these breathtaking sights with others but didn’t have the resources.

      Then in 1997, his first year living in Utah, Dharmesh took a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park and brought along a disposable camera. He printed pictures at Walmart and showed one of them to his friend and respected colleague Matt D’Alessandro. “I always admired Matt’s photography, so I picked my favorite picture to show him – just to see what he thought. He said I had a good eye and that made me think twice. It was my ‘ah ha moment’…” recalls Dharmesh. After that, Dharmesh bought a real camera and hasn’t looked back.

      Dharmesh Desai lives in San Jose, CA. He is a Software Engineer and lives with his partner Claire Umeda and her daughter Eva. When he’s not rocking the keyboards at the next hot startup in Silicon Valley or slowly making his way up and down the 101, 280 and 87, Dharmesh enjoys spending quality time with friends and scoping out his next photo-centric adventure.

    • Mezcal Restaurant – 25 W. San Fernando St. map

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      Mezcal Restaurant presents an art exhibition by J. Danniel

      Through his paper mache sculptures and his paintings, J, Danniels portrays just how close a relationship Mexican people may have with death. He reminds us of those words by Octavio Paz, “We Mexicans make fun of death, we caress her, we play with her but, always with the utmost respect.”

    • Pho69 – 321 South First St. map

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      Phantom Galleries presents Rocks, Waves & Clouds by Matthew Seigel at Pho69.

      Similar to traditional Asian scrolls, Matthew’s paintings capture the impermanence of an idea or location. His new paintings were inspired by the natural beauty of a low tide walk along Maine’s rocky coast.

      Overwhelmed with the colors, forms and relationships of rocks, the sea and sky, Matthew immediately set up an impromptu studio on his father’s farmhouse porch. The result are these modern, vibrant scrolls, acrylic on synthetic rice paper, hung on aluminum rods.

      Matthew invites you to experience Maine.

    • Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map

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      art work by Kori Thompson

      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, Valery Milovic, Carlos Villez, Eric Joyner, Laura Callin Bennett, John Hageman and Robert McColley!

    • South First Billiards & Lounge – 420 South First St. map

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      art work by Efren Alvarez

      All in One is a collaborative art exhibition between three members of a family. In their first family show, this unit of artists—mother, son, and father utilize different media and expressions, which is evocative in their artwork. Cristina Velazquez (mother) is a mix media seeker. Pedro A. Alvarez-Velazquez (son), at his early 15 years of age has accumulated a vast portfolio of images captured through his different lenses. Efren Alvarez (father) is a painter, who uses the traditional medium of oils to expose highly satirical messages on border issues.

    • Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map

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      The Studio Rock Gym presents photography by John Eric Paulson.

      John Eric Paulson’s images are often cityscapes of Europe with the colors of the Russian painter Kadinsky and the detail of Estes, a photographic realist.

    • TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map

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      Eleanor Lawson is an industrial artist and human experience designer, born and raised in the Bay Area, she is inspired to create artful ways of life by finding the intersection between aesthetics and every day functionality.

      Eleanor’s work experience includes volunteering as a set painter for Palo Alto Players, a comic book print production designer for SLG publishing. She then went on to graduate from the Industrial Design program at San Jose State. At SJSU she took particular interest in studying methodologies of product manufacturing applied to local production and distribution

      At Techshop, Eleanor’s work deals with using Autodesk Inventor and 3D printing, as well as mixed media and interactive interactive sculpture.

    • Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map

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      Opening reception 6-9pm: The More the Merrier IV: Salon-Style Art Exhibition & Sale

      This year’s The More the Merrier IV Salon-Style Art Exhibition will showcase the work of 51 bay area artists working in variety of mediums and styles. In the tradition of the French salon-stye exhibition design, participating artists are encouraged to install as much art as they can within their allocated space. The gallery will be packed with art to dazzle the eyes and stimulate the senses. The majority of artwork on display will be priced under $200 and art may be purchased directly off the walls on the evening of the art openings. Come to see the art, meet the artists, mingle with friends and family, listen to live music performed by local musicians and enjoy the food, fun and festive atmosphere!

      Participating artists: Carol S. Aaron, Alan Bayudan, Andrew Bayudan, Laura Bennett, Mary Berry, Marconi Calindas, David Canavese, Shone Chacko, Jason Challas, Nauhxa Chavira, Dotti Cichon , J. Duncan Cook, Nathan Cox, Susanna Davy, CarolannEspino, Roberto Fierro, Peter Foley, Sonia Garcia, Gilbert Gonzales, Larry Harrell, Karen Holaday, Colleen Hubbard, Gloria Huet, Laura Kachelmeyer, Barbara Kirst, Malia Landis, Christine Latta, Elaine Lujan, Karen McCann, Gwen Mercado-Reyes, Peter Moen, Andrew Muonio, Christine Oliver, Avery Palmer, Michael Pauker, Gianfranco Paolozzi, Elizabeth Patrician, Lee Petty, Nora Raggio, Valerie Raps, Chauncey Rasmussen, Aimee Santos, Dana Seeger, Rtystk Shavers, Mashaal Sheik, Joseph Skowrinek, Robbie Sugg, Silvia Taylor, Zoe Todd, Roxanna Walker, Jeff Wilson, Gayle Yankee, Emily Yin

      With Live Music by: Mark Davis Accordion Duo.

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