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  • OCTOBER 6, 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 OCTOBER 6th 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 William St) 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


      “Mystical Amazonia Jaguar” by Bruno 9li, ink on 100% cotton acid free archival paper, 32 x 59 inches

      Artist’s Reception galleryONE: ‘Night in the Tropics” new drawings by Bruno 9Li (São Paulo, Brazil) solo exhibition

      Bruno 9Li returns to Anno Domini for his third solo exhibition since 2007. Bruno’s new body of work “Night in the Tropics” embody his experiences with MAHKU in the Amazon Rainforest in the form of hyper detailed black and white drawings and accompanied by a soundtrack of native animals and the music of the indigenous people Huni Kuin he recorded during his stay there.

      “Night in the Tropics” by Bruno 9Li

      “Night in the Tropics” is a series of drawings started in an immersive experience in Amazonia with the art indigenous collective MAHKU / Movimento dos Artistas Huni Kuin (Huni Kuin art movement). Night in the Tropics consists of very detailed, intense and sharp line drawings made of black ink on paper. I think that ink drawings have this direct connection between an state of mind and its process. It’s direct, that’s why I decided to dedicate to that language just to give to the drawings as fresh substance as I could. For this series of works I have renounced color as a philosophical act, just to propose a mode in which I could experiment reality considering the simplicity of black and white.

      About the forms represented in my drawings; I aimed a joyful way to deal with Brazilian and amazonian imagery, popular culture and deep experiences with the Huni Kuin myths. The forest, specially through the Huni Kuin lens, is the theme and form the atmosphere for “Night in the Tropics”. The sacred tea Ayahuska (or “Nixi Pãe” in Huni Kuin language) is represented by the many vines that crosses in a wiry way good part of the drawings. I aimed to transmute, in a very personal way, my perceptions of the forest, the way Huni Kuin (the people of the boa constrictor myth) live Amazonia and its enchantments.

      There is a popular, generous and seductive feeling in these drawings, a kind of affective presence. Those animals represented in “Night in the Tropics” impose a personality and also can remind like the first representations of Brazil from the European travelers that painted the Brazilian flora, fauna and culture in the beginning of XIX century (Debret, Taunay and Rugendas), but they come in this very personal form in its comic and mysterious presence. I also aimed to bring different icons of Amazonia/Brazil to pervert them with iconic popular cartoon from North America – there are small “intruders” in most of the drawings – like an ambiguous presence of a deep intricate and very detailed drawings with popular culture.



      “What We Lost” by Zero Cents, oil on canvas, 32.5 x 31.75 inches

      On view in galleryTWO:
      A Planetary Profile by Zero Cents (Tel Aviv, Israel)

      Zero Cents presents a sampling of the peoples and landscapes of this strange little ball of rock and water we call Earth. Through multiple series of oil paintings on canvas and wood panels he depicts a warped range of life on our plant. From brutal butchers to noble builders, and from barren deserts to lush forests, there are so many different kinds of life inhabiting this beautiful living rock; all playing a role in the characteristics and energy of the planet. Big or small, complex or simple, no matter how different life on this planet is; we are here together spinning 460 meters per second. We are all a part of this magnificent organism, our planetary body. We feel its energy and we live from it.

      In a way we are like our own microbiota or gut flora, the thousands of bacteria types and hundreds of species that live inside of our bodies. Strange simple microbial life like Firmicutes which are extremely strong and very good at surviving extreme environments; or Cyanobacteria which are amazing at producing and releasing oxygen–so much that as a result the brought the Anaerobic life forms to near extinction, a genocide of sorts. All these bacteria have many different behaviors and characteristics all affecting us in one way or another–some of these life forms can have a profound effect on us and how we function as humans. They can control different cravings we have for food also how we feel and how we behave. This is much like our own species and how we have changed and will continue to change behaviors and characteristics our world. These microbial life forms are all tied together even though they our hundreds of species behaving as they will some affecting our bodies in positive and some negative. Regardless of actions or behavior they are all bound to one another. They share a world.

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


      ”Dino-Rhyton,” hybrid animal head & ceremonial drinking vessel by Joey Agcopra

      Artist’s reception: “100 Cups of Summer” featuring Joey Agcopra & studio participating artists

      This October, our potters rock your world with unique, one-of-a-kind drinking & pouring vessels. Featured artist, Joey Agcopra, created 100 cups in 100 days this summer, and we are thrilled to show them to you! We also will display the latest works by studio members… Browse mugs, teabowls, tumblers, coffee pour-overs, teapots, and pitchers… all made for drinking in the love…or beverage of your choice! Drop by for a look at lips, rims, feet, and lovely handles – perhaps you will fall in love with a new favorite.

    • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

      We here at KALEID gallery are very proud to present two new feature exhibitions by gallery resident artists Jenifer Renzel and Michelle Waters for the month of October 2017. Please join us for their opening receptions First Friday October 6th, 7pm–11pm during the South FIRST FRIDAYS ArtWalkSJ.

      Artist’s reception: “DADA CHARMS” new paintings and assemblage by Jenifer Renzel

      One definition of a charm is a verbal formula believed to have magical force. New paintings and assemblages by Jenifer Renzel explore the notion of a purely visual charm invoked by combining disparate images, parts, and mediums. If you are intriqued, confused, or disconcerted by a piece, the charm worked.


      Artist’s reception: “Intelligent Life Forms” new paintings and drawing by Michelle Waters

      “It has always seemed strange to me that we talk about finding intelligent life on other planets, when we have plenty of intelligent life forms right here on Earth that we should be focusing on saving. Nature and animals have been healing for me in this life, and the natural world is now under attack like never before. In response, I’m drawn to making art about all that is still beautiful in this world, and all that needs protection.” ~Michelle Waters

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


      “Aftermath…” by Jonn Logan

      Best known for his abstract, urban style, Logan is prone toward outrageous colors and things that pop off the canvass. His use of acrylics and metallic based paints with a thematic scheme, blend effortlessly. For over two decades, he painted in alleys, abandoned buildings, forsaken warehouses in an effort to keep private his expectations of himself. Upon completion he would simply walk away, destroy or abandon his pieces where they lay. Major transitions in life and a push from close friends has brought his art into the open for the first time in 2017.

      Exhibition produced by Phantom Galleries guest curator Robert Ragazza.

    • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map


      Image credit: Angelica Muro, Narco Queen 3

      “Making It Works: 40 years of artists building community”

      Works’ 40th anniversary exhibition “Making It Works” continues with expanded content, added artists and documentation of the origins of our community art and performance space. The work of (about) 40 artists who have been influential in the creation and development of Works and South Bay arts are featured, including Tony May, Joe Miller, Angelica Muro, Al Preciado, Geri Wittig, Amy Beans, Binh Danh, James Morgan, Jack Toolin, Terry Acebo Davis, Clayton Moraga, Tulio Flores, Steve French, Paulette Peterson, Sarah Puckitt, Ray Ashley, Joseph Delappe, Stephanie Metz, and many others. More than 200 exhibition announcements and programs are also featured from decades ago to the present. Celebrate an important part of regional art and community history at Works! Exhibition continues through October 15 with special walk-through and closing party.

    • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map

      We welcome back featured artists and fellow DYS yogi practitioners, husband and wife duo Jonathan & Joella Kermit with their abstract sculptures and textile pieces, and Nadia Nasiri’s yoga self portraits, as this months resident artists. Join us after Vinyasa Flow (5:30-6:45pm) to meet the artists as we open our doors to art patrons and the downtown community for South First Fridays Art Walk!

      Yoga Self Portraits & Nature Inspired Art by Nadia Nasiri

      Downtown Yoga Shala is proud to present featured artist Nadia Nasiri, a promising self-taught photographer and avid yoga practitioner. The exhibit focuses on yoga self portraits taken with a tripod as Nadia highlights her journey during her various travel adventures. Known to take her yoga ‘off the mat,’ this series will also include nature inspired photographs and artwork.

      Nadia’s intention with sharing her art is to inspire others to cultivate an appreciation for the natural world and invoke an interest in yoga and travel. Join us for South First Friday Art Walk to meet the artist as she raises funds for her next trip!

    • Social Policy – 200 South First St. map


      “Hay Mas Tiempo Que Vida”

      Providing a glimpse into Mexican culture by showcasing and capturing the complexities as well as the small intimate moments that happen in being of Mexican descent and living in the US, the show will feature work by artists: Amelia Berumen, Thalia Gochez, Maryela Perez, Maricruz Mendoza, Cristal Olivas, Stefany Sanchez and Estrellita Muñoz

      Music by Chulita Vinyl Club’s Pituca, Nopalera, Malas Palabras and Tear Drop

    CONTINUED EXHIBITS…

    •  Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map


      Vision and Voice: Reflections of Immigrant Artists in California

      Featuring: Guillermo Galindo, Pantea Karimi, Jung Ran Bae, Anna Larina, Takeshi Moro, Xiaoze Xie

      Art Ark is pleased to share the work six incredible artists who have immigrated to California from different countries some near, some far. An audio station will accompany the art. Audio tracks created from conversations with each artist will play, sharing personal stories, illuminating their art practices and immigration experiences.

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

      In the DMC Studio: Monthly Showcase 5:30-7pm
      Join the DMC Studio youth for a monthly slam poetry, live music, and a showcase of downtown San Jose photography. Watch the public premiere of youth short films and view their insightful photography on display throughout the evening! Must be ages 13- 21 to perform in the Open Mic. Sign up list opens at 5:30 pm; open Mic/Poetry Slam from 6–7pm. Each performer will be allowed 2-3 pieces OR a 5 minute set.


      Documentation of Beyond Control (Más Allá del Control), Carolina Caycedo, 2016

      In the Visual Arts Gallery: “Temperature Check: Body of Evidence”

      Artists: Alejandro Durán, Carolina Caycedo, Xavier Cortada, Ana María Guerra, Michelle Murillo
      “What is the conversation about climate change within the Latino community?” From deforestation, flash floods, and droughts, to politics and economics, these artists test the heat of the current conversation around global warming as its evidence continues to pile ever more around the globe.

      In the Castellano Playhouse Theater 8-10pm

      La Asociación Cultural Kanchis is a Peruvian folk dance group whose mission is to teach and promote the culture and traditions of Peruvian folk music and dance.

    • PhantomGalleries at The Pierce – 2 Pierce Ave. map


      Alcatraz Colonnade, San Francisco, California

      On view: Structures: Photography by Michael Singer

      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.

    • Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map

      Guilty Pleasures by Amy Beans
      Everything you wish you could eat without gaining a pound! Feast your eyes on all the glittered guilty pleasures Amy Beans has laid out for you buffet style at Cafe Frascati.

      Upstairs Gallery: “Kinship” by Elba Raquel Martinez

      All humans are all born to the same nest, that nest being our Mother Earth. The shell of our nationality comes in many different colors and patterns but it’s only skin deep. Inside all our shells are interwoven, yarn-like strands of DNA that connect us more than they divide us. As brothers and sister of this nest, we must love one another and care for our Mother.

      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.

    • LGBTQ Youth Space – 452 South First St. map

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

    • SoFA Market – 387 So. First St. map

      Paintings by Jim Fonseca

    • 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.

  • 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:
    Mike Borja
    Keith Bunnell
    Masako Esparragoza
    David Canavese
    Classic Loot
    Content Magazine
    Crossroads Trading Co.
    The Cube
    Current Tattoo
    Emonic
    Lindsey Farrar
    Force 129 & Betty Proper
    Courtney Gibbons & Jane Kovac
    Cynthia Gonzalez
    Hand in Hand Henna
    Kyle Harter
    Matthew Heimgartner
    Higher Fire Clayspace
    Jodi 408
    Ken Harmount
    Human Specimen
    Dave Leder
    LGBTQ Youth Space
    Lucid Beaming
    Moonshine Rose Trading Co.
    Sean Nash
    Ouderspace Boards
    Pharaoh Botanicals
    Petite Galleria
    Poetry Center
    Al Preciado
    Francisco Ramirez & Roberto Romo
    Marilyn Roaf
    Israel Sanchez
    San Jose Bicycles
    Mathew Scizluna
    Sea Señorita Studios
    South Bay Burners
    Visual Confections
    Works San Jose
    and Zonkey!


    LIVE MUSIC:

    Kick off concert for the Y2K17 International Live Looping Festival
    (S. 1st St. in front of California Theater)

    Past Y2K17 International Live Looping Festival Headliners, Daniel Thomas, Rick Walker, and Bill Walker will be playing at the South FIRST FRIDAYS Street Mrkt this Friday October 6th from 7pm–11pm. The live looping performances will be out on South First St. in front of the California Theater in the SoFA District.

    Rick Walker, the founder of the festival that now, in it’s 17th year, has satellite festivals In 57 cities in 21 countries worldwide, himself, has headlined in 20 different countries as a Found Sound/Multi-Instrumentalist live looping artist.

    Daniel Thomas is not only an amazing multi-instrumentalist, but one of the most tech savvy live loopers on the planet. In addition, he is an award winning musical producer (he just received the “Best Album of the Year” award from Folk Roots magazine (the most prestigious and well known world music journal) for his production of Indian master, Debhashish Battycharya latest album.
    He combines guitar, keyboards, vocals and world percussion into his sophisticated mix of live looping.

    Bill Walker is one of the world’s best lap steel guitar players as well as being a seasoned professional guitarist in every single style conceivable. His beautiful solo looping album, “Sanctuary” has garnered high praise in the guitar world and his CD with Turkish acoustic/electronic composer, Erdem Helvacioglu, “Fences” was featured in a laudatory 5 page spread in ‘Guitar Player’ magazine (the world’s largest circulation
    music magazine). He is, additionally, one of the most sophisticated live looping and digital sound processing musicians/composers in the scene today.

    All three artists will play solo pieces and will also collaborate improvisationally.

    The Street Mrkt concert is a prelude to the annual “Best of the Y2K17 International Live Looping Festival” featuring live loopers from all over the world at ANNO DOMINI Gallery on Wednesday, October 18th.

    plus EOM Sessions
    on S 1st St. btwn San Salvador and William St. near Food Trucks

    GOURMET FOOD TRUCKS: (S 1st St. btwn San Salvador and William St.)
    3 Bros Kitchen
    Chef Dreams
    Falafel Fresh
    Rice Rockit
    Soulenese
    Takoz Mod Mex
    Twisted Chill

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