OCTOBER 2, 2009: South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk

JOIN US for South FIRST FRIDAYS — October 2nd!
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


    On view in galleryONE: Walking in the White by PJOTA (São Paulo, Brazil)

    For his exhibition at Anno Domini, Pjota has created large canvases that are, according to him, “predominantly white” symbolizing his lone journey to California. One might conclude that the nearly miniature entities in his paintings are a result of his feeling “small” when thinking about traveling alone to unfamiliar territory. However, the gritty daily experiences of São Paulo, one of the most populated cities in the world, find their way onto the canvases bringing with them a density of texture, color, grids and hand-lettered scrawl…the canvases can hardly be considered “predominantly white” anymore. As with any environment, be it within a city or a painting, it is rich with discovery should you take the time to explore its depths.

    On view in galleryTWO: Exsitu Insitu by Sam3 (Granada, Spain)

    Sam3 created a new animation and new canvas works entirely on site at Anno Domini in late August and early September. The 5 minute animation consists of 2136 hand painted frames which were created on the main exhibition walls. The sound and musical score is by Endika of San Jose’s nu class jazz group Panthelion. 12 oversized canvases in Sam’s signature style of “shadows” are also on view.

    Music by Deathat.

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


    The Art Glass Center will showcase Lionel Chapital and Shirley Cook in live glass blowing demonstrations. They’ll be creating glass pumpkins and fall botanicals until 10pm. Work from over 30 local glass artists will also be on display.

  • Caffé Trieste – 315 South First St. map


    Opening Reception: Fragments… by Beth Redmond
    Things seen and experienced become the fragments that create the kaleidoscope of life. “For me, photography is less a representation of fact than a flight on imagination.” says Redmond. “The big picture is made of many fragments any one of which may capture the attention to become the picture. What we see is determined by how we look and also by how we think. What a photograph shows is determined by the imagination of the photographer.”

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

  • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map


    Join us after Candlelight Yoga (6:45-8:15pm) as we open our doors to welcome SoFF art patrons and the downtown community. Our featured artist is one of Downtown Yoga Shala’s yoga instructors, Emily Lounsbury.

    Emily is a painter who’s driven by a love of the human figure and an obsession with anatomy. She considers the human form to be a work of art; and therefore seeks ways to do it justice. After graduating with her BFA in Fine Art Painting and Drawing she has participated in several solo and group shows in San Francisco and San Jose in addition to being hired to do portrait commissions.

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


    Currently on view La Reconquesta, new work by Einar and Jamex de la Torre commissioned in celebration of MACLA’s 20th Anniversary! From the Aztecs and the Spaniards to the prevalence of dollar stores and Mexican food, this exhibition features two unique installations that simultaneously explore historical and contemporary ideas of conquest. Join Einar and Jamex for a gallery walk-thru and an engaging conversation about their work on Thursday, October, 15 at 7:pm. Exhibition open through October 24.

  • METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map

    The Metro Photo Exhibit

    The Metro Photo Exhibit is a photography gallery based on a monthly theme showcasing local Bay Area photographers of all levels. Visit the artists and their work, also participate in voting on the piece that best represents the given theme of the month.

    This month’s theme: No finer place for sure – portraits of Downtown by Carlos Da Silva, Abe Menor, Trish Leeper, Tanya Angeli, Anabella Pinon, Nancy H. Ahn, Chris Patton, Felipe Buritrago, Yumiko Miyagawa, Vu Nguyen, Jennifer Ahn, Jason Duffany, Michelle Budziak, Jen Anderson, Amber Chavez, Jai Tanju and Mario Guel.

    Music by RS2 Solid Sound

  • Phantom Galleries – temporary exhibits in vacant storefronts


    386 South First St.: Everybody’s Happy Nowadays by Kyle Pellet
    If you’ve ever:
    1.) stood up somebody for a date,
    2.) eaten a hamburger at 2 in the morning and lived to regret it,
    3.) smelled something wholeheartedly unpleasant, and took a second and maybe third sniff
    4.) cried about something dumb,
    5.) given yourself a bad haircut,
    6.) gone to a birthday party of someone you hated,
    7.) wished bad things on somebody, had them happen, and then wished bad things on other people,
    then this installation is for you. Enjoy! “


    388 So. First Street: Nature Of The Beast by Tyson Johnston

    Strange things go bump in the night…. Oftentimes, dreams are reflections of phobias and dismay that we encounter in our daily lives. Usually, the underlying messages can be extremely cryptic. My aim is to decipher these nightmares into a meaningful message. I use animals and creatures to mirror human emotion, and as symbols. In the end, I hope to use these images and techniques to transfer the negative emotions from my nightmares into a positive release.

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


    The 29th Annual Fall Art Exhibition and Live Auction featuring works by more than 150 Bay Area contemporary artists in the Main and Focus Galleries. An Exhibition Opening Reception will be held on First Friday, October 2nd at 6pm. The Auction will be held on Saturday, October 24th. Doors open at 6pm and the auction begins promptly at 7pm. Tickets are $40 each if purchase by October 24; $50 each at the door. This year’s auction features complimentary wines and gourmet cocktail fare from the area’s finest restaurants and wineries. Call 408.283.8155 or email lis@sjica.org to purchase tickets. View the online auction gallery at www.sjica.org. All auction proceeds support the ICA’s exhibitions and programs.

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


    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: Sneak preview of just some of the art to be available in the High Fiber Under Five benefit sale of fine fiber art to be held November 3-8.

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


    The SLG Boutiki & Gallery holds a spooky/swinging release party to celebrate the publication of Winchester #1, the comic book series about San Jose’s own mysterious architect Sarah Winchester. The gallery will feature a display of artwork from the series by Drew Rausch as well as work from the Haunted Mansion series also published by SLG.

    Live music provided by A Bacchus Joint

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


    Group exhibit: Michael Denning recycles media into statements about life, love, politics, and spirituality through collage. Al Preciado utilizes paint, mixed media and sculpture to create emotive and expressive figurative art based on religion, sports and mythology. Mike Kjolhaug’s (3.5) work spans different mediums but black bic ink pens are his favorite.

    21+ venue

  • Space 47 – 47 East William Street map

  • Works San Jose – 451 South First St. map

    In the Main Gallery: the Works/San Jose 2009 Member Exhibition All For One!…, –No judge, No jury–just our wide and varied community of artists from the South Bay! In the Paulette Peterson Space experience Failure, a mixed media installation by artist Lisa Noble.

On South Fourth Street…

  • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

    [7-9pm] Artists’ Reception for featured exhibits by Julie Bilyeu and Drew Clark


    Anxiety new drawings by Julie Bilyeu
    Julie’s love for art has helped her cope with a severe anxiety disorder. Drawing has become a necessity for her and she is currently inspired by these anxieties and panic attacks which manifests as dark and dramatic charcoal drawings of her experiences.


    From the Rubble new paintings by Drew Clark
    Drawings on cave walls and old temples have always depicted the end of the world and the collapse of civilization. The Modern Age is no different; visions of recession, biblical apocalypse, climate change and environmental destruction by industry. These new paintings explore the symbolism of the End Times.