JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on June 3rd!
6pm ’til midnight — ART WALK venues are free and open to the public
In addition to the South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly art walk you’ll find 100 artists, performers & musicians celebrating the indie creative spirit on June 3rd!
South FIRST FRIDAYS presents the 4th Annual SubZERO Festival
Focused on emerging and present subcultures thriving in our region, SubZERO is a diy, artistically bent, hi/lotechno mashup where street meets geek. Come to the SoFA District from 6pm-midnight for an inspired evening of arts & culture. Free and open to all ages. www.subzerofestival.com
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map
Opening Reception: ART OF ZINES 2011
Featuring hundreds of zines from basements, bedrooms and midnight copy shops throughout the US and abroad. Purchase zines directly from zinemakers out at Zine Party! hosted by Yumi at the SubZERO Festival.
On view in galleryTWO:What He Meant by The Self Was Simply Our Truest Nature, Our Natural State New work by Jeremiah Maddock
Art Glass Center of San Jose – 465 South First St. map
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Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map
Hsin-Chuen Lin conjures up clay vessels inspired by early Chinese bronzes from Shang and Zhou periods. After pieces are formed, they are pinched, punched, torn, and squeezed. Dry glaze and atmospheric kiln firing enhance the strong forms and texture naturally. Hsin-Chuen makes a rare appearance demonstrating his mastery of wheel and form on First Friday, June 3rd from 7-11pm.
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
Artist’s Reception: Layers of Age in Monster Land
New installation and paintings by Sean Sczepanik & Steven Sczepanik. An exploration of monsters and cartoons from the imagination, referencing mainly Nightmare on Elm Street, Poltergeist, Fright Night, and Hellraiser. Also on view is a display of hands representing fellow artists. Each hand containing a characteristic of each artists’ style.
MACLA is pleased to present Navigations of the Fantastic featuring: Elizabeth Gómez, Betty Davis, José Arenas and Verónica Félix. Join the artists for a gallery walk through and an engaging conversation about their work. Outside in front of MACLA don’t miss John Steadlar perform spoken word and stay for a thrilling drum circle session hosted by Jimmy Biala.
Phantom Galleries – art exhibits in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces
66 South First St: Defragmentation 66 An installation by Michele Guieu
Defragmentation 66 is an adaptation of the last installation I’ve made in San Diego: Defragmentation: Rearranging Bits and Pieces of Memory. It is an ongoing project and the occasion to reflect on bits and pieces of my memories, as I am recalling/documenting them. The project originated when I was about to leave San Diego after living there for 6 years. I thought about the different times I’ve left a place in my life. Defragmentation 66 is the first installation I am showing in San Jose since I’ve moved and it represents a link between the two towns – and beyond. The installation is on a smaller scale but uses some essential elements featured in the first version of the show: an ensemble of paintings, a painted background and videos. The videos in Defragmentation 66 are new memories and were taken here, in the bay area. The address number where the show is held, 66, is an interesting symbol in my life: the first time I came to the US, that’s the road I travelled on.
386 South First St: Street Swag Photo Booth photos by Abe Menor at SubZERO Festival 2010
95 South Market St: Roundels sculptures by Gianfranco Paolozzi
I was looking in the recycle container full of paper from flexo printing presses.
That’s when I felt the passion again: round surfaces screaming to be used. I looked at them changing on the floor of my studio. I had to use my marks, my moments on the surfaces as a sign of me being there.
That’s when the roundels were born.
San Jose Jazz at Eulipia Restaurant – 374 South First St. map
The Jazz Mechanics for San Jose Jazz
Based in downtown San Jose, The Jazz Mechanics have emerged from their machine shop, crafting a new modern voice in Jazz. This hopped up trio expands the genre of improvisational music, performing largely original compositions that draw on a variety of influences including bebop jazz, R&B grooves and Balkan melodies. Laying down the foundation for the band’s hard hitting force and reinventing the role of acoustic bass, is bass player and composer Endika. On piano is Daniel Fillip, a motor city native with a background in modern and latin jazz and a long time member of the Afro-Cuban group Charangon Nueve. Back on the traps, and down in the grease pit, drummer Michael Brilliot brings a rhythmic toolbox to the band that is grounded in diversity of styles, from jazz and New Orleans based funk and rhythm and blues to roots rock and country. Together these three Jazz Mechanics are a finely tuned jazz machine that infuse rock and roll energy into their performances and draw the audience in for a rich and dynamic experience.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map
View two new exhibits: Primary Structures explores how innovative artists using simple linear elements in combination with unconventional materials can broaden our understanding of the familiar by transforming the stitch structures of knit and crochet into large scale and compelling art. Southwestern Banded Blankets: Three Cultures, One Horizon (Collection of Jean and Roger Moss) is a unique exhibit and the first of its type to focus exclusively on banded blankets. These utilitarian and simply striped blankets showcase the rich cultural tradition of the Pueblo, the Navajo, and the Spanish Colonial Rio Grande blankets of the “Four Corners” area of the American Southwest.
Join us for an outdoor Street Knit Fest and create art at our South FIRST FRIDAY Salon (knit and wear bracelets)!
SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market St. map
The Punks of Steam part One. A dizzying array of work presented by local steampunk artists will line the walls and fill the halls of the Art Boutiki. The Neo-Victorian art genre blurs the lines between sci-fi and fantasy. Imagine the mad scientist as Indiana Jones styled adventurer.
Also, in front of the building, Jon Bruneau presents a themed, interactive video presentation sure to please many and keep people occupied for minutes, if not hours. All this plus live music by everyone’s favorite South First Friday Jazz band Quasimodal.
Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map
Artists’ Reception: Out of State 2011
Works opens its first exhibition in the new 365 South Market space with a look at the area’s newest artists in Out of State, eight San José State University 2011 BFA graduates in pictorial art: Theresa Because, Kelsey Booth, Maryanne de Carolis, Riwan Khalil, Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo, Erin Salazar, Emily Seeman, and Rong Sun.
Caffé Trieste – 315 South First St. map
On View: Barbarians and Beauties by Sandi Billingsley
A series of work inspired by the conflict Billingsley has felt and witnessed in some women: the desire to be a hard competitor in the workplace and the desire to be a gentle object of desire.
First Fridays are Opera Night! at Caffé Trieste with some of the Bay Area’s best opera singers performing your favorite arias and duets.
Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map
Opening Reception: YOGA INSPIRED ART SERIES II : Yoga Symbols & Archetypes by Angeles Moreno
An image is symbolic when it implies something beyond its obvious meaning, often a wider ‘unconscious’ aspect that is not precisely defined or fully explained. Because there are many things beyond human understanding, people have used symbols for centuries to represent concepts they cannot define or fully comprehend.
An archetype is a universally understood symbol or behavior that serves as a model for humans to emulate. Archetypes appear in myths and storytelling across all cultures and as Yoga teacher Mark Stephens puts it, they serve “an essential function of the mind (conscious or unconscious) to express repressed needs and desires or to make sense out of life and resolve all conflicts therein.” In Yoga, postures often invoke archetypes of animals, nature, and tools, while Indian mythology in general is rich in tales and symbols developed to explain human nature and our existence.
The importance of symbols and archetypes is not whether they are “real” or not but what they represent, their meaning, and how we apply their interpretation to our lives.
Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map
On View: Alviso Slough photography Josh Marcotte
A forgotten portal to the bay perched on the edge of the city, once crowded with steamboats and stagecoaches, Alviso sits eclipsed in the sun. Forgotten waterways and abandoned buildings litter a town swallowed up by San Jose annexation. “Alone, I wander the streets with a camera in my hand, in a place that is truly lost in San Jose.”
METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map
Signs of Exhaustion by Lost San Jose
Come join us in the Metro building for Signs of Exhaustion photography by Lost San Jose
Movement paintings by Michael Buscemi
Buscemi’s exhibition focuses on capturing the energy of the movement of light. The artist emphasizes expense through gesture, color and layering. His art creates the atmosphere where one can be uplifted and inspired. Buscemi’s art has simplicity and elegance expressed through color and gesture which is able to nurture the meditative state in the observer.
Pho69 also features live contemporary music on First Fridays. Come check out local bands performing favorite covers and original music.
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, Laura Callin Bennett, Michelle Waters, John Hageman and Valery Milovic.
South First Billiards & Lounge – 420 South First St. map
The Creative Flow: an art and music explosion
MESHCollective: a collaborative artistic endeavor where art meets love. MESHcollective is a group of Bay Area artists and designers. SEE the awesome artwork and HEAR the best of local sound all under one roof. DON’T MISS THIS!
5-9pm ALL AGES. 9pm-close 21+ venue.
If Only Sculptural works and poetry that explore loss, grief and trauma.
Artist and poet, Diana Mihalakis, has drawn from the poetry she wrote while grieving the loss of her son in Iraq to convey the difficult landscape of loss, grief and trauma. Using images found in nature, Mihalakis’ sculptures speak in a universal way. The artist will perform her poetry in the gallery.