In addition to the monthly art walk, come downtown on June 1st for the 5th Annual SubZERO Festival! Focused on emerging and present subcultures thriving in our region, SubZERO is a diy, artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup where street meets geek. All venues & the festival are FREE & open to everyone.
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map
Artist’s Reception: Tenuous Threads solo exhibition of Lacey Bryant.
Bryant’s new series of paintings continue to explore her curiosity of the odd and disconcerting; as well as the duality of all things in nature and in one’s self. Bryant is interested in “these little connections that reach out and twine around things, getting us tangled up or sometimes grasping where there is nothing to hold to.”
On view in galleryTWO: More Force Than Judgement a solo exhibition by POESIA
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map
Higher Fire embraces the high-tech low-tech mashup that is SubZero!
Walk-up, drop-in, and begin your virtual pottery making experience. Unleash your creativity without actually getting muddy on our iPad-driven pottery wheel. With a few finger flicks, you’ll channel your inner Greco-Roman and make vessels to share via your favorite social media.
For the real thing, visit our non-virtual studio at 499 S Market Street! We’ll have the usual array of show-offs and mud-buddies working the wheels all night long, plus a kiln opening, yummy treats, and a gallery full of great Father’s day gifts.
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
Opening reception for two new solo exhibitions by KALEID Gallery artists, Kori Thompson and Andrew Wallace, featuring live music by Earfilter.
Instinctive Paths new paintings by Kori Thompson
All the paintings are things that have left some sort of imprint on my life. From small everyday things, to the people that I see; to the major and minor events that play out on a day to day basis.
The Tradition of Decay new works by Andrew Wallace
To extract the essence of humanity is to reduce the many to one. The solitary figure, repeated throughout Andrew Wallace’s work, conveys the sense of human fallibility and the inconstant desires possessed. The permanent shadow cast from the industrial revolution transformed philosophical and social ideals still upheld today. Inspired form early 19th century prints and photographs, Wallace, seeks a period free from the current mainstream societal decay. Using the figures in the photos and prints as a loose reference point, the men and women undergo a radical transformation to the point of becoming barely recognizable. Mirroring the current state of dystopia, the portrayed figures are in perpetual jeopardy yet capable of withstanding constant dismemberment, reorganization and reconstitution of their parts. His work strives to uncover the hidden human instinct and the wilder side of human behavior which dwells just below the surface of our everyday façade. The act of reclaiming images, transferring them transparently as to see the underlying natural wood grain reflects the complexity of man’s innate venture to push civilization and natural resources to the limit.
Even the Smallest Change can be Profound This exhibition explores the role of artists as change agents from the cultural, experiential, historical and scientific perspective. Recent work by: Efren Alvarez, Vic de la Rosa & Gregory Michael Hernandez, Monica Martinez, Gwen Mercado-Reyes & Esteban Salazar
Opening Reception & Artist Talk at 7pm. Celebrate the opening of the exhibition and join us for an engaging conversation with the artists.
In the Castellano Playhouse: Le Hot Boxer: Christian Vela playing DooWop-Latin Fusion.
Phantom Galleries – art exhibits in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces
95 South Market St: The Super Sweet by Jessica Eastburn
The rapidly evolving digital technology that pervades contemporary life provides the locus point which my work both responds to and expands upon, conceptually and technically. The drawings in Super Sweet illustrate liminal, arbitrary, and incongruous information which takes the form of swatches and snippets of patterns and motifs that overlap and compete against one another. This arrangement echoes the cacophonous deluge of visual noise that the information stream of internet news, social media, and the personal blog have created. The work mimics this digital overload by employing a calculated, mechanical visual language that is based on grid systems. The process of creating the drawings is the antithesis of “drag and drop” digital technology, since the drawings are created entirely by hand using antiquated technology such as the ruler and compass.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map
The bold designs, rich colors and dramatic scale of Mark Adams’ (1925-2006) pictorial tapestries will provide a visual feast for visitors to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles from May 15-July 29, 2012. The exhibition, Mark Adams, features works that span four decades of the artist’s career, generously lent for this occasion by his family, private collectors, Stanford University Library of Art and Architecture, The Oakland Museum of California, and the Racine Art Museum. On view will be over twenty five tapestries, several full-scale painted studies (cartoons) and photographs of the artist by Minor White and Imogen Cunningham never before assembled in one exhibition.
SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market St. map
Because now The Art Boutiki is the place that shows video we proudly present a night highlighted by short film and music video. First we premiere a music video by local hip hop artist Scribe Sayar and San Diego based educator and street artist Pose2fx entitled Empty Without You”. The evening continues with a performance that combines the lyrical talents of Scribe with the jazzy sound of Art Boutiki house band Grooveyard Shift.
We end the evening with the premiere of a short film by local musician/filmmaker Jonathan Sontag called “Green”. Throughout the night featured artist Pose2fx will be doing live painting as well as presenting a showing of his work called Longevity.
All that plus FREE COMICS and all the stuff that makes a stop at the Art Boutiki almost a pilgrimage.
Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map
Out of State 2012
Works presents the annual exhibition of BFA graduates in Pictorial Art from San José State University. Discover a wide range of approaches with surprising connections from its newest graduates as SJSU’s Department of Art and Art History celebrates 101 years. Curated by Gale Antokal, Robert Chiarito, and Patrick Surgalski, the exhibition includes works from Chris Carmitros, Kathy Cavaglia, Miranda Fry, Debbie Griest, Mary Gustafson, Terry Hart, Kathleen McDonald, Heather Orr, Magdalena Reiter, Charese Rios, Briana Romero, Ann Ryals, and Drew Stromquist.
Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map
Caffe Frascati Opera Night! presented by First Street Singers. All your favorite arias and duets performed live by some of the Bay Area’s best opera singers.
Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map
Fort Ord (ret.) by Marco Zecchin
Like most little boys, I was fascinated by the soldiers training while driving past Fort Ord near Monterey. As an adult, I was drawn to photograph the abandoned fort. But having faced the Vietnam draft, I confronted not only my choices but the lingering spirits of soldiers who mustered through.
As odd as it may sound, I feel that each photograph I’ve taken at Fort Ord, is a collaboration with the lingering spirit of the soldiers wanting to share their experience. Wanting their stories heard once more..
Also on First Friday: Fierce Fairies – Handmade Fairies with an attitude! Will be on display and available for purchase.
Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map
Phantom Galleries presents appreciate (əˈprē sh ēˌāt) by Fernando FORCE 129 Amaro Jr at Good Karma Vegan Cafe. A selected mixed media collection of available past & present art work on canvas & wood.
METRO Photo Exhibit – 550 South First St. map
” As i see it ” Downtown through my viewfinder – photographs by Jai Tanju
Phantom Galleries presents Soup to You by Judy Gittelsohn at Pho69.
Soup to You is a gathering of cells, atoms, particles, paint. Swirling, changing, evolving, each view, each visit, each taste – things change. The weather, our mood, the nuance of a moment will alter our perception and our interaction. Like Soup life moves.
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, Valery Milovic, Carlos Villez, Eric Joyner, Laura Callin Bennett, Michelle Waters, John Hageman and Robert McColley!
South First Billiards & Lounge – 420 South First St. map
Live and original art by: reyes, one five seven, mike 3.5, dylan kelly, and delski. Music, kao,mr.grey and dj shyamroc, yeshua & the hightones, blank manuscript, and djmystik.
TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map
Members will be bringing in projects that they have made at TechShop. Come check out what projects you can make at TechShop!
SJREAL (San Jose Rep’s Emerging Artists Lab) – 101 Paseo de San Antonio map
REAL Risks. REAL Challenges. SJREAL. Explore theatre from the ground floor as brave, local artists redefine how we experience humanity’s lusts, hopes, and fears. The San Jose Rep’s Emerging Artists Lab will engage you with intimate performances of innovation and risk.
$Pay-What-You-Will Doors Open at 9:30 pm | San Jose Rep’s Lounge No Advance Tickets | Cash Only
10:00-10:20pm QUERY by Bennet Fisher, Directed by Lauren Doyle
In Query, a young woman goes to the Department of People Who Help Other People With Their Personal Problems to discuss a troubling issue with a civil servant. What transpires is an alternatively comic and menacing conversation about art, living comfortably, and banjos.
10:30-10:45pm PROMISES KEPT by Lauren Doyle , Directed by Emily Brouwer
After years of unconditional commitment, a man prepares to leave his terminally ill wife to start a new life with his young mistress, who is about to have his child.
Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map