August 2005 Archives
An interesting hook for the Silicon Valley arts crowd - WORKS gallery is having an opening reception tonight (Fri, Aug. 26th, 7-9pm) for Michael Rosenthals' "Ebay Art Project." He bought a bunch of art work on Ebay (under $5), gave them to a bunch of artists to enhance, contribute to, or completely marr as they see fit, and puts it back out there for us to see as "an innovative exhibition....that explores the 21st century phenomenon of the online auction." Btw: "This exhibit is not associated with ebay or the ebay corporation."
Also on view at Works is Ema Sintamarian's open studio as a Works' artist in residence. We always love Ema and her work so stop by!
Don't forget to cast your ballot for the 2005 Metro Silicon Valley Readers Poll. Let the city hear your voice and know what you want more of! Vote by August 31st.
Our good friend Jimmy Dewrance sings and plays the blues with Little Jonny Lawton and band this Friday, August 26, at the Poor House Bistro from 6-10 p.m. It's a little bit of Nawlins just on the edge of downtown San Jose. Check it out!
Cherri and Our Bikes
We saw a posting at Tofoo Com Chay (aka Ben's) the other night for San Jose's own Critical Mass gathering. Here's the flyer info:
"Critical Mass is a celebration of bicycles at the end of every month. Come through downtown San Jose to demonstrate that bicycles are a fun alternative to motor powered vehicles. Ride safely and have fun."
All wheeled transport is welcome- no engines!
Meet up at 5:30 p.m. downtown at Cesar Chavez Park on Friday, September 30, 2005. Tell your friends!
There will be a book release party for RE/Search Pubs' new J.G. Ballard Conversations at the Hayes Valley Market, 560 Hayes St (at Laguna), SF on Sat. Sept 10th, 7-10pm.
There will be a panel discussion, photographic exhibit and, as a finale, Mark Pauline, Survival Research Laboratories (SRL) founder, has promised a "small" outdoor show/performance.
In celebration of the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum's 75th Anniversary, there is a special exhibit called "Child Mummy." The museum teamed up with SGI and NASA/Stanford Bio Computational Center to CT scan the child mummy, now known to be a little girl, to provide a virtual autopsy exhibit of their findings unlike anything before. The 3D rendering projected film is fascinating, taking you through the process as well as within the mummy itself. The actually mummy is on view as is many relics they've pulled up from "the vault."
I love the fact that Jack (Fischer) used the image of Stephen's Meat Products in his post about Two Fish and our gallery, Anno Domini, today. We've always seen the dancing neon pig as a sort of mascot (even though we are herbivores!). I mean think about it, why is he dancing? The odds are against him with all you carnivores lurking just around the corner and the dozens of fancy new restaurants opening around town.
This really speaks to me. I feel like that dancing pig at times. He's truly swimming against the stream. Let's face it, 10 years ago if someone asked where you were headed 'cause they knew you were planning to try to make something for your own in the arts, would you have told them San Jose? What about 5 years ago when the web industry was still going nuts and small arts groups and artists were getting booted by landlords from their buildings left and right? What about when it crashed? That's what we did, 10 years ago, but coming from the diy culture that we've always embraced, it just made sense to us. We just wanted to carve something out for ourselves and have it mean something.
If you live here in San Jose or visit downtown frequently, you may notice the vibe overall is slowly changing. Don't get me wrong... we're not there yet, but both the creatives and those they inspire are growing in numbers. We're all slowly but surely becoming a voice to reckon with.
So when San Jose Mercury News' arts writer, Jack Fischer, dropped in on us several days ago and mentioned that he was about to join the blogosphere our ears perked up. His first post raised his vision that "What the South Bay needs in a visual arts blog - beyond talk of art, of course -- is some sort of cyber-town square for local conversations." We couldn't agree more Jack.
We hope to see you all there!
Dalek A.D. exhibit, March 2001
Dalek has been tearing up the urban art scene the past few years with international gallery exhibits, licensing deals on everything from shower curtains to vinyl toys to books. His exhibit at A.D. in March of 2001 (sans the artist due to a "misunderstanding" regarding art vs vandalism in his home town in Virginia) is a notable part of our history. All the paintings were on wood, rough and raw, incorporating words of wisdom.
If you're in L.A. this Saturday, you can see his solo exhibit of current works at the Karnowsky gallery on LaBrea.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
We stopped by one of our favorite places in San Jose to give you a taste of what you're missing if you haven't been there. Founded in 1930, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum kicks off the celebration of its 75th Anniversary this Saturday.
Here's some photos for your perusal.