Archive for April, 2010

Tuesday Nights March On with Surprise and Satisfaction

By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

If there is any reader that does not yet know, every Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm, following a guest lecture in Room 133, the San Jose State University Art Department opens a new set of five to seven gallery shows with a mix of work that ranges from student-experimental to emerging artist and professional quality. Last week, an elegant opening of Nathan Olivera’s prints and bronzes in the Natalie and James Thompson Galleries was followed by visits to the student galleries featuring BFA and MFA exhibitions. This was one of those weeks when the BFA shows were every bit as exciting as the MFAs. You were bound to find one that you loved.


Susan Suryapa’s drawings evoke nature and move toward the abstract.

In Gallery Two, Susan Suriyapa presented large drawings on a toothy transparent plastic paper. Some of her drawings are minimal, sublime and lyrical, drawing on phenomena in nature that are often barely recognizable. I am fond of the fragile, pastel images in this earlier part of her series. In the last year some of her work has become bolder, more aggressively black and white, with an energy that sometimes borders on frenetic. They seem further abstracted and focus my attention quite exclusively on the lines and marks themselves, subjecting every mark to great scrutiny. I enjoyed the opportunity to discover the form of a storm or mountain vista or delve slowly into the details of every freckle on the petal of a lily that the more representational works afford.



Posted by erin on April 18th, 2010

April and Art in New York

by Virginia Westphal Uhl


I grabbed the chance for a free place to stay, and headed to New York City for five days of gallery and museum crawling. My own work has addressed time, place, and spiritual connection. Since leaving school (SJSU MFA Spring 2009), my new dream is to make art with the potential to promote social justice and peace and reconciliation. I hope to open American’s hearts to the people of the Middle East. Defining this new direction is challenging and I am researching narratives. While in New York, I sought art that responded to issues of social injustice. Here is what I liked best:

1 Kent-Gallery,-Irving-Petlin,-GazaGuernica,-2009-oil-linen-diptych

Having read about Irving Petlin (Art in America, Mar.2010), I sought out his work, particularly Gaza/Guernica at the Kent Gallery in Chelsea. Alas, the gallery was closed the week I was there, but this painting is also in the current show, Mad Men (through May 1, 2010)



Posted by erin on April 8th, 2010

Archives at the Art Ark

By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

The current exhibition at the Art Ark Gallery, entitled Archives, is simply another way of saying works from the studios of selected artists. But this is just what the Art Ark Gallery does so well. It gives a forum for artists from the Martha Gardens art community that includes the artists of the Art Ark Residence itself, Citadel Cannery studios and others that live in the community around the SJSU School of Art foundry. It is rewarding to see that Martha Gardens has a rich core of artists that always have new work to show and to see new artists getting involved all the time. Here are some highlights:


Can You Live in a Cube?, 2008, by Ema Harris Sintamarian

Ema Sintamarian’s, Can You Live in a Cube?, an enormous ink on paper drawing of floating parallelograms through which are seen textures and myriad small images is an overwhelming viewing experience. It is possible to spend hours getting lost in the details of her colorful and unending lines.


Threads Bared in SoFA at MACLA and ICA

Posted by erin on April 6th, 2010


Jane Castillo’s Bloodlines intertwine among the trees of Parque de Los Pobladores.

Entering downtown San Jose from the south either on 1st Street or Market, you can’t miss them. Long strips of bright red fabric zig zag between and among the tree branches some 7 to 9 feet off the ground in Parque de Los Pobladores. No, it’s not a crime scene. It’s an installation—Bloodlines—conceptualized by Columbian artist Jane Castillo, an artist-in-residence at MACLA, who invited community members to embroider their family names on the fabric. Walk beneath the fabric canopy and you can read the names—evidence of people wanting to belong, wanting to be represented as part of the “fabric” of our lives here in San Jose.