JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on MARCH 1st
from 7–11pm. RSVP
The South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring exhibitions and special performances.
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map
Artist’s Reception: Deciphering the Ash of Effigies, Joseph Loughborough (UK) solo exhibition
Honesty, expressionism and possibly exorcism can be read from Loughborough’s impulsive and intuitive rapid-fire mark making, which strive to grasp a comprehension of the human condition.
Joseph Loughborough (b. 1981) spent his formative years exploring the derelict boatyards and creeks of Portsmouth, on the south coast of the UK. After graduating from Portsmouth University he pursued interests in art, philosophy and skateboarding culture, living in London, Paris and currently Berlin.
The Chase, mixed media collage on paper, 28″ x 28″
Currently on view in galleryONE: The Moment (When the World Stopped Turning) by KLONE (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map
Modern Mata Ortiz
Jerardo Tena was awarded the annual Concurso de Ceramica de Mata Ortiz in the Most Innovative category. Selected works by Tena and other Mata Ortiz potters are on display this March. Tena will also be teaching a hands-on workshop later this month hosted by Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild at Higher Fire, stop by for more information.
KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map
Join us for two new feature exhibitions at KALEID Gallery:
Crime Seen by Julie Bilyeu
A true killer doesn’t just want to kill you, he wants to see you die.
Most of us would be horrified to come upon a crime scene. Yet there are many shows on t.v./internet, including our beloved news, that show us close-up after close-up, telling us detail after detail of brutal crimes committed every day. I am exploring the idea of when a scene becomes a crime scene, the emotions we may hold towards that image are instantly changed. Is it the blood? I don t think so. It’s more than that. It’s the blanks our minds fill in. The emotions we instantly attach to the scene make it ugly. This series proposes to give a unique perspective on criminally deviant behavior. A killer’s eye view. Enjoy.
Left Frontal Lobe Slowing by René Lorraine
Rene Lorraine’s work strongly focuses on the human figure, however the theme of each series varies. She is currently embarking on a new body of work that focuses entirely on vision loss associated with migraines and abnormal brain functions.
Join us at MACLA for exhibiting artist talk and interactive performances!
In MACLA’s Gallery: Assembling the Pieces: Reconstructing Memory & Hybrid Identity. Recent work by Tessie Barrera-Scharaga and Samuel Rodriguez. Artists talk at 7pm and special guest performances at 8pm in MACLA’s Castellano Playhouse.
Phantom Galleries – art exhibits in vacant storefronts and alternative spaces
376 So. First Street
In Memory of My Father, Evolving “journals” on canvas by Gianfranco Paolozzi
Camera 12 Cinemas 201 So. Second Street
Cinequest Live Art Contest “UNLEASH”
Phantom Galleries is proud to be partnering with Cinequest again this year for their Cinequest 23 Film Festival! This is the 4th year that PG & CQ has worked together to bring this live painting event to the amazing audiences of this maverick film festival.
Stop by during the South FIRST FRIDAYS’ art walk and meet this year’s artists: André Hart, Melanie Sharr and Jeff Hemming and see their in progress interpretations of the festival’s theme “UNLEASH.”
San Jose Jazz at Pagoda Restaurant & Bamboo Lounge – 170 S Market St. map
Fairmont Hotel, S 1st Street side, at the Hotel’s back entrance
8:30pm Free Admission
John Worley Tribute to Miles Davis
If you ask any San Jose musician to name an accomplished, world-traveled music educator and performer, John Worley would be it. This versatile trumpet, flugelhorn, and post horn player has played with the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, and toured internationally with Pete Escovedo, Quincy Jones, Louie Bellson and countless other legends.
For this performance, Worley will recreate the Miles Davis studio album Kind of Blue. Jean Bartlett of Mercury News says of the performance, “Released on Columbia Records in 1959, Kind of Blue is not only considered the legendary jazz musician’s greatest record, but the ‘triple platinum’ is also considered by many critics to be the greatest jazz record of all time.” Worley will be joined by saxophonist Kristen Strom (tributing Cannonball Adderley), saxophonist Tod Dickow (tributing John Coltrane), Murray Low on piano, Ken Okada on bass and Wally Schnalle on drums.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map
Folk Indian Textiles from the Collection of Carol Summers and Meditation in Space and Time: Junco Sato Pollack Sutra Chant Hangings and Stitched Mandalas
Fiber Salon activity: Indian Shadow Puppets
San Jose Stage Company Courtyard – 490 South First St. map
Containher and the Star People pairs together the beat driven dynamism of David West and the melodic core of Containher (April G) in crystalline synth web of utopian vision. Containher’s unique vocals shimmer and glide, from airy dream to folksy salt. Writing tunes with a haunting, dreamy, and yet danceable quality, comparisons stretch from Blondie to The Knife, Bjork, Depeche Mode, Portishead and New Order. The duo created an album featured on iTunes called “The Starchitects” and will perform a long set comprised of old tunes, new tunes, and spontaneous eruptions of music created on the spot.
Seeing Things Gallery – 30 North Third St. map
Seeing Things Gallery is proud to present:
photography by: Bryce Kanights, Joe Brook, Dave Chami, Rhino, Jon Humphries, Kyle Camarillo, Wes Tonascia, Chris Patton, Jai Tanju & Brendan Klein
Possessed is a skateboard photography show by both local and internationally know photographers who have traveled the globe with some of the best skateboarder in the world documenting their every move for magazines such as magazines such as Thrasher, Transworld Skateboarding, Color, Slap, Uno, SB Journal and Skateboarder magazine. These well respected lensmen captured in a 1/250th of a second moments in skateboard history that are then seen by millions of people and inspire them to ride there skateboards or even shoot photographs! There will also be a short Video presentation by Justin Albert.
SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery – 577 South Market St. map
Stay Classy South First Fridays
The Art Boutiki participates in our last SoFF with the return of the ever-popular Do It Yourself Art Show. We will be lining the wall with paper and littering the gallery with art supplies and letting people create their own special something for the world (or at least the world that comes to the Art Boutiki) to see.
Music provided by a virtual all-star group of people from almost every First Friday performance, including Grooveyard Shift and Scribe Sayer.
So, stay classy SFF people, come wish us well.
Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map
Beyond GagaA juried exhibition of fun, sexy, provocative, and deliberately unsettling sculpture and installation art. The call to artists from curator Lynne Todaro was to be shocking, awesome, sublime, and outrageous. The results include bronze bacon, cloth crab claws, and interactive masculine fantasies.
First Friday performance at 8pm. Presented by Works in collaboration with The Pacific Rim Sculptors Group.
Juried by Lauren Baines and DeWitt Cheng.
ZERO1 Garage – 439 South First St. map
ZERO1 will be open late hosting a special event in iLOUNGE, QRspace+DJspace, showcasing Michael Joaquin Grey’s Umwelt Belt and the ZOOB Zone. Come and interact, build and explore.
QRspace+DJspace QRspace is a responsive virtual environment that allows visitors from the iLOUNGE to apply material surfaces to the topography of the public space via QR code applications and activations. Visitors are able to manipulate the public space through digital projections and audio components.
Umwelt Belt by Michael Joaquin Grey, a large-scale computational cinema installation featuring a collection of monotone objects that flow in space to create a stream of history from our cultural fossil record. ZOOB Zone: Grey’s artistic exploration also led to the invention of ZOOB, an award-winning building and creativity tool that is part of the permanent design collection at MoMA New York. The “ZOOB Zone” is an interactive ZOOB workshop area featuring over 10,000 ZOOB units where visitors can participate in a series of playful prototyping events, and contribute to a growing archive of creations.
Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map
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!
Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map
Always have your iPhone with you, by Nadia Matta-Toledo
This exhibit captures the precision of the iPhone 4S camera and our two beautiful girls, Chelsea and Penelope. These images were captured with my phone and modified using free apps and paid apps like CameraBag, Hipstamatic, Aviary and Pic Stitch. Most photographers will explain that good photography involves composition, light and form. The iPhone enables one to free up our minds without having to mess with any camera settings or gear. Instead it becomes about the basics, capturing life’s precious and timeless moments, rather than creating pictures. My photographs capture and document our girl’s lives. From the day we picked them up from the airport to the moments when they are being their silly selves. They are snapshots that capture a glimpse into their personalities.
“Dogs are the most amazing creatures. They give unconditional love and they listen to you when you talk about yourself and keep an appearance of being interested in the conversation.”
Eco Monster – 30 North Third St. map
Animal Catalogue by Jordan Maliksi
A collection of paintings depicting animal imagery with a naturalist’s eye fused with a modern urban aesthetic. In this exhibit an animal’s innocence and fragile nature is rendered in charcoal and paint to reflect one’s own fragility. Blending and splashing painting and drawing to create a catalogue of animals.
Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map
Phantom Galleries presents new works by Joe Perea at Good Karma Vegan Cafe.
ENANTIODROMIA is the process by which something is transformed into or revealed as being the same as its opposite. Perea’s hyper detailed monochromatic drawings reveal the chaos and order that can be found in all things in the above and the below. The future of quantum healing is here.
LGBTQ Youth Space – 452 South First St. map
The Metro Gallery – 550 South First St. map
Closed this month.
Phantom Galleries presents Color by Ken Brenner at Pho69.
Ken started painting in his early 20’s experimenting with acrylics and watercolors. At that time, he was teaching young children in Berkeley. With marriage and a growing family, his occupation changed directions. He entered the banking industry and has successfully developed his career over the past 35 years. He is currently President of Avidbank in Palo Alto. Only recently was he encouraged to take up art again. Ken has found the medium of oil painting an inspiring way to stimulate the mind and bring the beauty of the world around us to life. Painting has allowed him to develop a passion for creative expression.
In our world, color embodies a wide spectrum of feelings and emotions. It is used to convey power, joy, intellect, royalty, and purity among others. Each color represents its own purpose and meaning. In nature, color has evolved to communicate different messages. Poison-arrow frogs have bright, flamboyant colors to stand out as a warning signal to predators. The male peacock has extravagant colors in its eye-spotted tail, which are used for courtship. Other animals like the chameleon use color for camouflage, which enables them to remain hidden from potential threats. For Ken, color is an intense underlying theme throughout his work that allows him to truly express himself. The colors in his work give dimension, depth, and most importantly life to the canvas. It is Ken’s unparalleled eye for color that brings a unique quality and distinctive feel to each piece.
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!
Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map
Japaints on Studio Parade by Jason Bove
Building from ones own factory of the mind, Japaints provides you with the visual conceptions & commission artwork of Doctor Bove. These one-of-a-kind original paintings are made to compliment your decor and enhance your personal environment.
Doctor Bove was born Jason Bove, in the gorgeous midwest sector of the United States. He has presently found an even more pristine setting on the West side to reside. Moving to California in 1998, Doctor Bove may now be your neighbor and friend.
TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map
Check out the TechShop San Jose lobby where we will be hosting the gallery opening of Darius B’Alexander, our first Resident Artist! TechShop members will also be setting up their tables in the conference room to sell their DIY work!
Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map
An Art Exhibition featuring the work of Art Faculty & Staff from Silicon Valley’s Six Community Colleges: Evergreen Valley College, San Jose City College, Mission College, West Valley College, De Anza College & Foothill College
Participating Artists: Jason Adkins, Kathy Arnold, Gary Barten, Judith Bell, Virginia Bowen, Ingrid Brook-Kothlow, Heidi Brueckner, Jason Challas, Lei Chi, Kimberly Cook, Mark Engel, Amir Esfahani, Vera Fainshtein, Ema Harris-Sintamarian, Andrew Hedges, Bill Heiderich, Dave Kempken, Rachel Lazo , Kristin Lindseth, Kent Manske, Masako Miki, G Dan Mitchell, Patricia Moran, Michael Pauker, Diane Pierce, Andy Ruble, Yori Seeger, Cynthia Siegel, Lynne Todaro, Gary Tolomei
Live music by: Andy Dela Cruz