Archive for May, 2008

CHILDHOOD DECEPTIONS

Posted by erin on May 20th, 2008

Don Fritz, in Mexico and Korea
By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero, Spring 2008

Don Fritz, Professor of Art at Santa Clara University is a hardy surfer, and a ceramic and pictorial artist. It is always a bit of a jolt for art viewers to learn that the big physical outdoorsman, Don Fritz, is the creator of these images of oh-so-sweet and innocent American kids from the fifties. The innocent childhood of the fifties was never what it seemed, however. We naively imagined that the War was over and all was now right with the world.

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Bobbie Sox, pastel drawing by Don Fritz.

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VIEWERS MUST ENGAGE

Posted by erin on May 18th, 2008

WHY THIS SHOW NEEDS YOU
By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero, Spring 2008

Art as social practice is emerging in the consciousness of art students, art activists and even in the profile of public art. As a discipline, it is investigated in the curriculum of CCA in Oakland/San Francisco under the leadership Ted Purves, and at UC Santa Cruz, by students of Elizabeth Stephens. When the weeklong conference “Intervene, Interrupt”, scheduled for May 12 – 17, at UC Santa Cruz and throughout the Bay Area, was being planned , it seemed perfect match for Susan O’Malley, Assistant Curator at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. O’Malley had studied with Ted Purves in the graduate program at CCA and she organized an exhibition that would become an extension of the conference.

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This Show Needs You Curator, Susan O’Malley (left) and Sara Thatcher, (center) who created The Distributed Exhibiton, talk to gallery visitors in a lunchtime chat.

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Arts Council Silicon Valley Announces Awards

Posted by erin on May 16th, 2008

Six South Bay Artists Receive Prestigious Artist Fellowship Awards

By Josh Russell, Spring 2008

Arts Council Silicon Valley announced the recipients of its Artist Fellowship program, awarding a total of $20,000 to six Bay Area artists. This year, the Arts Council awarded one fellowship in each of five different categories, with two recipients in a fifth category.

After reviewing a total of 56 applications, a notable panel of 15 experienced judges selected the six artist fellows based upon artistic quality, community impact within Santa Clara County , and professional development demonstrated by continued exploration of the respective art form. Over 100 artists have been recognized throughout this program’s history.

Arts Council Silicon Valley is the only funding agency south of San Francisco that awards unrestricted grants to artists specifically for career accomplishments. On Thursday, May 29, the Arts Council will honor these six recipients at an evening reception from 6:00-8:00PM at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara .

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Kathy Aoki’s Battle of Kawaii, (landing detail) 2005-2007, with 44 pieces, introduces adult subject matter into a child’s world.

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DAVID PACE–THREE CONCURRENT EXHIBIITONS

Posted by erin on May 13th, 2008

Pace Reveals Consummate Technique as well as Compassion
by Erin Goodwin-Guerrero, Spring 2008

Currently, the photography of David Pace can be seen in the Robots exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art, in the Winter Exhibition in Compass Point at the Sobrato Center in Milpitas, and at the Martin Luther King Library’s second floor gallery space. The three shows provide an opportunity to see Pace’s work over a space of more than ten years. A progression from his quirky humor in graduate school, through changing interests sparked by travel experiences will be seen. Throughout the viewing of David Pace’s photography, from work in Ecktacolor through toned gelatin silver prints, to digital color, one cannot escape the impression of old-fashioned Ansel Adams-style perfectionism in hands-on darkroom technique.

 

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David Pace’s Greg’s Robot Collection, Ecktacolor prints from 1991, in the Robots exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art, part of the Zero One Festival. (more…)

WHAT IS MARTHA GARDENS?

Posted by erin on May 4th, 2008

The Martha Gardens Art District, both Promising and Fragile
By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

Artists look for workspace in industrial areas and blighted districts within the urban landscape. Artists and studios create a new aura and cache in the area. Real estate values begin to rise. Redevelopment and gentrification force the artists out. This is an old story that has happened in many cities across the world and San Jose is enduring the same sequence of events.

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The San Jose State Art/Metals Foundry on South Fifth Street

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ARTISTS’ BOOKS IN MOUNTAIN VIEW

Posted by erin on May 4th, 2008

Conceptually Bound the Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts — By Julia Bradshaw

A little off the beaten track for San José residents, but worth a trip, is an interesting exhibition of artists books at the Mohr Gallery at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View.

Assembled by Nanette Wylde, this is the third iteration of Conceptually Bound – a curatorial program that actively seeks out artists books where the binding plays a function in the meaning of the book.

Some books were only available in display cases, a necessity considering the gallery’s proximity to the music school. But well worth spending time with are the books available on pedestals and shelves for visitors to peruse and hold at close quarters – gloves are provided.

I gravitated towards the books with rich internal content of which there is a high proportion in this exhibition. Wylde has selected well, choosing artists who both have an understanding of the book as an artistic and sculptural medium, as well as having a developed sense of content and meaning.

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Diane Cassidy’s Taxidermy

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