Archive for November, 2008

Abstraction Fundamentals at Work in Herbert Sanders Gallery

Posted by erin on November 21st, 2008

Eusebio Lozano at San Jose State
By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

Eusebio Lozano gives us a strong exhibition — another in a string of exceptionally interesting BFA thesis shows at San Jose State University. Known to his faculty advisors as a ceramics major, Lozano disappeared from the horizon for a couple of years. When he resurfaced it was with a body of painting that has the energy of color play, the freshness of a raw kind of textural illusion, literal texture, and lots to discover within each color and pattern area.

Untitled work by Eusebio Lozano (more…)


Posted by erin on November 21st, 2008

Evri Kwong at the de Saisset Museum of Art at Santa Clara University
By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

Evri Kwong’s exhibition Just Pretend Everything is OK, at the de Saisset, is a disturbing reminder of the daily horrors that fill the news. If we have become somewhat inured to daily stories of domestic violence, hate crimes, rape, war and consumerism run amok, Kwong’s paintings serve as potent and effective wake-up call that it’s still out there and there is a whole lot of work to do in this country. Through the reenactment of stories we have heard ad infinitum and repressed, he tells us what we already know in images that cannot easily be erased from consciousness.

Kwong’s painting format plays relatively benign and comforting little images of homes and other structures representing domestic USA against cartooned narratives of stories we know from their notoriety in the media. A beautifully painted full color snapshot of the fa√ßade of a charming small-town church, a house behind a white picket fence, a freeway passing through a prosperous downtown or a well groomed, successful farm clash instantly with his puppet actors who, through a cartoon sequence of violent and offensive acts, haunt the calm respectability established by the architecture.

Welcome to Texas recounts incidents leading to the brutal death of James Byrd Jr, in Jasper, Texas.



Posted by erin on November 17th, 2008

Chance Operations: Random Reflections
Virginia W. Uhl
November 4, 2008

What do cell phone divination, 10,000 dice rolls and a kaleidoscopic security camera have in common? On Saturday October 25, 2008, at least, they were each elements of art pieces, projects and performances featured in Chance Operations, a one-night event at the Climate Theater in San Francisco. Intersecting digital technology with the audience participation of a Fluxus-type Happening, Chance Operations presented 14 artists in an event that incorporated interactive media, performance, visual and conceptual art. Following on a long tradition of engaging random probability in the creative process by artists ranging from John Cage and Merce Cunningham to Cory Arcangel, works in this exhibition emphasized chance in their practice, process, presentation or execution. The multiple-space venue felt like a house party with guests flowing between entertainments in many rooms.

Imaginative inquisitiveness led San Jose State grad student, Kirkman Amyx ( to spend ten hours tossing 10,000 dice. He photographed each toss and then digitally compiled them to discover their predictable visual patterns, both by the individual numbers on the die and in the aggregate. He presented black and white photographic compilations and a six-minute movie loop, which converted mathematical concepts of probability theory, predictability, chance and the law of large numbers into aesthetically beautiful visualizations.

A still from the six-minute film by Kirk Amyx



Posted by erin on November 14th, 2008

First Friday on South First Street, November 7, 2008
By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

The enigmatic female forms of Manuel Neri at the San Jose ICA

First Fridays are alive and well as a social event and an occasion for art. Friends, art lovers and the curious turned out in healthy numbers on the evening of November 7, filling the streets of San Jose’s Sofa District, and ducking in an out of the galleries. Opera joined the mix in Caf√© Trieste.

Holyoke-Hirsch’s foray into abstraction is colorful and graphic.

At Anno Domini, Know Hope and Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch filled the gallery with elements of installation, painting and drawing. The inauguration of Holyoke-Hirsch’s debut solo show, A Season in Hell, revealed a playful, colorful approach to drawing and design, not really too hellish. Stylistically, his figures hearken to the influence of the important na√Øve painter, Bill Traylor. A large montage of unframed works on paper included many charming drawings and paintings at great prices. Some of his work was rather abstract, yet played with shapes seen in the figurative work.

This grade school drawing, expressing the theme of Hopes and Fears, was sold out of the Works exhibition.

Works Gallery, always in precarious straits, maintains it presence on South First with a show of grade school art curated by Works Board member, Brande Barrett. These works on paper were selling like hotcakes as I perused the show. In the rear window installation space were Fanny Retsek’s illuminated translucent black columns of rabbits with endless hatch marks marching across each print. It’s about soldiers in war, death, and perhaps the unending numbers of wars and the unending numbers of people willing to go fight in them.

An illuminted installation in the rear window by Fannie Retsek, Artist-in-Residence at Works

Therese May’s quilted Pizza, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

At the Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Jane Przybysz presented a broad selection of textile art works on sale for $500. or less. An excellent selection of work from garments to jewelry and wall hangings was prompting on-site sales and bare spots on the walls. In the gift shop, more tempting wares were being examined by a horde of shoppers.

At MACLA, Efrain Huerta’s photographs of the streets and buildings of downtown San Jose

At Macla, the young photography students of Alejandra Chaverri showed their work, revealing a great deal of sophisticated vision and discipline. Focusing on family, neighborhood and San Jose’s downtown, they found plenty of material to frame a viewpoint.

A living room illusion creted by Chris Dorosc at the San Jose ICA

Finally, the capstone of First Fridays had to be the dual installations of work by Chris Dorosc and Manuel Neri at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. Dorosc creates the illusion of a complete living room defined by a sofa, end table, lamp and other miscellaneous furniture, all in floating globs of acrylic paint suspended in space by monofilament strings from an overhead grid. Viewers were captivated.

Manuel Neri’s life-size female forms in relief: classical Neri!

Manuel Neri’s recent works (studies) on paper and grand sculptural reliefs of the female form — emerging half realized out of giant vertical slabs — are classical Neri and more wonderful than ever. This exhibition, accompanied by a catalogue, is perhaps the most prestigious and stunning accomplishment yet by the ICA’s director, Cathy Kimball. For the cognoscenti of Bay Area art history, this is an historic show that merits a drive from anywhere in California.


Posted by erin on November 8th, 2008

Mimi Chen Ting at Art Beatus
By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

Mimi Chen Ting is a native of Shanghai, China, who received her graduate degree from San Jose State University. She was a resident of San Jose, and showed her work in the Bay Area until the early nineties, when she moved to Taos, New Mexico. Since that time she has shown extensively throughout the West and in the Southwest. The latest among her forays to international sites is her Fall 2008 exhibition at the Gallery Art Beatus, in Hong Kong.


Anno Domini, Ema Sintamarian Win $2K Cash Awards

Posted by erin on November 7th, 2008

The 2008 ARTSHIFT Awards Celebrate a Total of Fifteen Individuals and Institutions in the Visual Arts in Silicon Valley, with Two Cash Award Winners! By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

From a slate of fifteen nominees (both individuals and organizations or institutions) , Juror JoAnne Northrup, recently promoted Chief Curator of the San Jose Museum of Art, chose the unconventional, iconoclastic gallery, Anno Domini, and the highly spirited and immensely talented artist, Ema Harris Sintanmarian to receive cash awards.

Impish Ema drew laughs with her comments at acceptance of the Artshift Award.

Northrup spoke to the process of selecting the winners in consultation with a committee from the Advisory Board of ARTSHIFT. She confessed she had not taken the art community of the South Bay seriously when she first arrived in Silicon Valley. A measure of her change of heart is that she has moved from San Francisco to the South Bay to totally immerse herself in this growing art community. Supporting her discovery of riches in the South Bay, she read a long list of galleries and exhibition spaces where viewers can see great art in the area currently.

The back doors or Anno Domini are a fusion of youthful painting styles.


An Unparalled Studio/Gallery Opportunity

Posted by erin on November 6th, 2008

Calling All Cramped Artists, Would-Be Arts Impresarios, Homeless Arts Groups, or Visionary Patrons: Shangri-La for Sale in Our Own Backyard
By Ann Sherman

While no one could take over his space in our hearts and memories, anyone who’s ever coveted the late Fred Spratt’s work/gallery space at 920 South First Street can now make a bid on the unique property. The Spratt heirs have listed the expansive place that Fred and Keiko called home, office, studio and gallery with Georgie Huff of Capital Properties. “I really hope someone from the arts community sees its value. So far, a T-shirt company looked at it, and I just hate to see it go to that kind of commercial use,” Huff said.

It would be a real shame if the place Spratt renovated specially to serve as a privately owned, all-purpose arts center was no longer put to its best and highest use. Its intimate yet spacious galleries outfitted with track lighting, exposed wood ceilings and sealed concrete floors alone cry out for an intrepid artist, patron or organization to take up Spratt’s torch before its flame is snuffed for good. Add in a cozy office with built-in shelves and flat files, studio/workshop and cleverly designed scheme permitting large-scale deliveries via a moveable wall in the two-car garage, and it’s a readymade arts salon a stone’s throw from SoFA and Martha Gardens.

As if that wasn’t enough, upgraded electrical, a working kitchen, two full baths, and a rooftop garden and balcony introduce the potential for things like performance to get added to the mix. The former Frederick Spratt Gallery is, and should remain, a serious artist-designed playground. It’s not like San Jose has a surplus of places offering similar possibilities. Contact Georgie Huff at or 408.691.5000 to inquire about resurrecting this legendary local arts space before it gets reconverted back into a sweatshop.

920 S. First Street
Offered for $699,000
Endless Opportunities…
Gallery Space, studio space, work space… this place provides
endless opportunities. Zoned Commercial, this space can be
used for all forms of retail and mixed uses. Amenities
include a working kitchen, two full baths, upgraded electrical,
garage space, roof top garden, office space, formal gallery
space and work space designed for easy, large scale deliveries
through a moveable garage wall. Excellent location in the
path of downtown’s expansion. Closely located to the new
Marta Gardens Arts Community and the Downtown
Art District.
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