SEPTEMBER 4, 2009: South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk + MACLA 20th Anniversary Block Party + STREET MRKT

JOIN US for South FIRST FRIDAYS — September 4th!
8pm ’til LATE — 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

    SAM3 "Exsitu Insitu"

    Opening Reception: Exsitu Insitu debut solo exhibition by Sam3 (Granada, Spain)

    Sam3 is known for creating massive scale silhouettes in urban spaces. He refers to his dramatic black and white works as “shadows.”

    The absence of defining details in his paintings allows for him to not only work quickly, but also makes the message more accessible. His seemingly simple style is dense with profundity; the work is a reflection of the human condition as viewed through the experience of his global travels.

    Sam started drawing and painting at an early age. His first drawing classes were from a monk at the monastery near his home. When he was 13 he was fascinated with the graffiti culture in his small town and stole spraypaint from local shopkeepers (he was caught by police the first time he went out to write his moniker “BREAK.”) The following years were spent trading photos and zines with other graffiti artists through the mail.

    After graduating with a fine arts degree from a Granada university, he worked as waiter, a roadie, an illustrator in Barcelona, and then in animation in Madrid for a year before he “slammed the door on alienation” and abandoned the path of a corporate future. In 2006, Sam made a vow to dedicate his life to his art and has since created murals in 24 cities in 13 countries from Palestine to Brazil leaving metaphorical images that are to be deciphered and “owned” by the community.

    Exsitu Insitu is Sam3’s debut solo exhibition inside a gallery. The artwork for this exhibition (on canvas and paper) will be made entirely on site at Anno Domini in the days and nights prior to his September 4th opening.

    Currently On View in galleryONE: Anno Domini presents Walking in the White solo exhibition by PJOTA (São Paulo, Brazil)

    Music by John.

  • Art Glass Center of San Jose – 465 South First St. (map)


    The Art Glass Center will be demonstrating the fascinating properties of molten glass. Using the Vitreous Kiln, watch us pull thin strings of glass right before your eyes! They might even make a few glass Slinkies! Fused, blown and cast glasswork from 20 other local glass artists will also be on display.

  • Caffé Trieste – 315 South First St. map

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    Opening Reception: women by Susan Babbel. Susan Babbel’s figurative work of women is open and expressive, often capturing life’s thoughts and emotional angst while using bold colors. Susan has won awards throughout the Bay Area and her paintings are also on exhibit at the Los Gatos Museums Gallery, Los Gatos, CA..

    Live Music: Opera San José performing your favorite arias and duets.

  • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map

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    Yoga Art by Angeles Moreno

    Simplicity, harmony, color, and strong outlines define Moreno’s art, influenced by her life’s work as a graphic designer. “To capture and (re)express the many positive, universal, and useful lessons, my canvases began to fill with the Spirit of Yoga.”

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


    La Reconquista New work by Einar & Jamex de la Torre

    From the Aztecs and Spaniards to the prevalence of dollar stores and Mexican food, this new mixed media installation simultaneously explores historical and contemporary ideas of conquest.

    6pm to late – MACLA’s 20th Anniversary Block Party

    Join us for a lively evening of hands-on arts activities, birthday cake, exhibition opening, performances, and live music featuring a special performance by Quetzal. Including: Aztec dance by Movimiento Cosmico, performances by Mextape, Melissa Lozano, Yosimar Reyes and many more. Hosted by Adriana Garcia. The event will take place outside of MACLA on S. First Street between William and Reed Streets

  • Phantom Galleries – temporary exhibits in vacant storefronts

    ARMOgedon 2057

    386 South First St.: Alta Modern Graffiti by ARMOgedon 2057
    Armogedon blurs the line of typography and graffiti striving to find relationships between the two forms of communication.

    Eddie Flores

    386 South First St.: Eddie Flores – an art exhibit in the medium of photography, illustration, and graphic design.

    Blaise Rosenthal

    388 So. First Street: An Initial Approach to Knowing Everything by Blaise Rosenthal
    Painter Blaise Rosenthal has fused post-pop iconographic sensibilities with an expressive and painterly style to create a dynamic and fresh body of work. And a body of work it truly is as the paintings work together to create a greater context, within which each individual painting communicates its message and achieves its goal.

  • San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – 560 South First St. map


    NextNew:Green surveys fresh perspectives from nine emerging artists on climate change and related environmental and conservation issues. Artists include Michelle Blade, Colette Campbell-Jones, Misako Inaoka, Vanessa Marsh, Carson Murdach, Sandra Ono, Ryan Pierce, Rebecca Rothfus, and Michael Ryan. Christel Dillbohner: Ice Floe is a solo exhibition featuring a large-scale installation, and multi-media prints and paintings referencing the melting glaciers of the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Both exhibitions run through September 20th. Night Moves, after-dark video programming in the ICA’s front windows presents Gail Wight’s National Agenda – part eco-political activism and part Theater of the Absurd – through September 30th.

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

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    On view: Fabric Tattoos: The Spirit of the Mola will transport you to the Kuna peoples’ world of winding snakes, birds, plants and myths. These designs were originally realized as tattoos and body painting. Now evolved into a sophisticated textile technique called ‘molas,’ these bold geometric shapes and vivid colors are surprising and stunning.

    On view in the main galleries: The World According to Joyce Gross: Quilts from the Dolph Briscoe Center, important historical quilts collected by one of the first quilt scholars.

    Special event this month: Authentic Mola shoes made by the Kuna Indians will be available for sale from Mama Shaman, a family owned, fair trade, and earth-friendly business.

  • SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market St. map

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    The Art of the Zombie Apocalypse. – When zombies rule the world, first they will feed, then they will wander around aimlessly and then, at some point, they will create art. The SLG Boutiki highlights it’s Zombie Art Show with images by Bee Adams and her Zombie Case Studies series. Also featured is art by Jon “Bean” Hastings, Pannel Vaughn, Garry Black and many others.

    Live music (no pun intended) will be supplied by jazz trio Quasimodal.

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

    Jaclyn Alderete

    SV Rollergirls, HOC, and SFB present a night of rock n roll, live painting, and sharp elbows.
    Exhibiting artists: Jaclyn Alderete, Rod Santos, Minal Jeswani, Carolann Espino, Kate Stewart

    21+ venue

  • Space 47 – 47 East William Street map

    Naciem Nikkhah

    Opening reception: A Private Rebellion: Photographs by Naciem Nikkhah

    A Private Rebellion features a series of photographs completed in Iran that capture quotidian aspects of life in Tehran, Yazd and Sari. The photographs serve as a journal–recapturing the place and people of Nikkhah’s childhood through scrambled notes on school desks to the sacred and profane to the stereotypes of Iranian culture.

  • Works San Jose – 451 South First St. map

    Polar Identity

    On view: Polar Identity – six artists explore the North and South Pole. Global climate change has far reaching ramifications, and as a result the world as we know it will not be the world of 100 or perhaps even 10 years ago. Armed with awareness of how our actions impact the environment, how will this affect our ideas about who we are? In the Paulette Peterson Gallery see an installation by bay area artist Marco Tulio.

On South Fourth Street…

  • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

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    [7-9pm] Featured Exhibit Artists’ Reception: 89.7 FM KFJC 50th Anniversary Art Show: BLOWING MINDS SINCE 1959

    A retrospective of the Art & Culture of KFJC including works from KFJC’s 50th Anniversary Art & Logo Contest and a Silent Auction of DJ art. Since its inception KFJC has challenged the Bay Area’s radio waves. 2009 marks fifty years of operation for KFJC, and naturally we wanted to show our support to our listenership. Our volunteer staff pushed beyond its’ alternative and eclectic programming by hosting a 50th Anniversary Art & Logo Contest this summer.

    Every year we hand select different artists to create our Artist T Shirt and Girlie Shirt designs that become our gifts during our fundraiser season. The contest provided an opportunity to connect our listeners with another side of KFJC that they have become familiar with through their support. The contest was open to the public and included three submission categories: mixed media, artist t-shirt, & logo.

    We are excited to present the 2009 winners: Andrew Goldfarb, Rosalind Schell and Gordon De Los Santos. These winning art works will be exhibited along side past artist contributions. Previous KFJC themed works from Niagara, Sunny Buick, Arik Roper, Emek, Strk3, Mike King, Webster Colcord, Plastic Crimewave, Mike Zorn, Mike Davis, Frances Marin, Chris Reccardi, Robert Williams, and GAMA-GO! will be featured. KFJC DJs will be participating in a Silent Auction of unique works during the opening night to benefit KFJC.