IF YOU ARE DOWNTOWN, WHY NOT TAKE A PEEK?

by Anna Hygelund
Got 30 minutes? Take in 3 great art shows in downtown San Jose…yes, in 30 minutes or less.

Alfred Saheen’s flavor of Hawaii, at the Museum of Quilts and Textiles

The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles’ current exhibit is “Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Master Innovator.” Alfred Shaheen was the cornerstone of which Hawaii’s garment industry was built and was pivotal in its development. The show is well curated with impeccable examples of Shaheen’s approach to the fusion fashion design aesthetic he pioneered. I was interested to learn that this approach is now recognized worldwide as a visual market-not only of a transnational Hawaiian culture-but of a West Coast “American” lifestyle that is informal, environmentally aware and multi-cultural. Shaheen is considered the most important aloha wear designer and manufacturer in Hawaii’s history and his aloha shirts and women’s wear are the most respected and sought-after of all Hawaiian clothing.

Dimitri Drjuhin’s colorful icon0graphy at Anno Domini

A social narrative from Barron Storey at Anno Domini

Two artists are currently exhibiting at Anno Domini: Dimitri Drjuhin and Barron Storey. True to Anno Domini’s love for alternative art, Drjuhin and Barron both look like they belong in Urban Outfitters with their hip, graphic, in-your-face, creativity. Drjuchin body of work “Cloud Empire” is comprised of creatures, inspired by his Russian background, pop culture, comic books, spirituality and fine art. Barron Storey’s background as an illustrator, graphic novelist and educator is apparent in his latest body of work “Re:Bob” with his striking incorporation of text and graphic treatment.

Libby Black:   Designer fitness at SJICA

Last but certainly not least, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art has Modesto Covarrubias’ Liminal and Libby Black’s Work Out, two immersive and experiential installation-based solo exhibitions. While Covarrubias and Black both utilize paper as a primary material to make the installations, their strategies and resulting works are completely unique. Covarrubias has created a site specific installation comprised of suspendered layers of tracing paper, which can make viewers aware of the subtle movement of life, the various tone of transparency or the quiet flutter of the paper. Black created high-fashion forgeries out of low-budget materials in an attempt to investigate the outward appearance of the “good life” and the social, cultural and economic symbolism of the objects she copies.

All three shows are located in San Jose’s art district on South First Street, making it a fun easy way to enjoy the arts!

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 S. First Street
San Jose, Ca 95113
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
www.SJQuiltMuseum.org

Anno Domini
366 South First Street
San Jose, Ca 95113
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12pm-7pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm
www.galleryAD.com

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
560 S. First Street
San Jose, Ca 95113
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm
www.sjica.org

Anna Hygelund is a principal at Access Art Advisory.

www.accessartadvisory.net

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