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  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 7:04 pm on February 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jose ICA Seeks Rejection 

    Artist Nomi Talisman in collaboration with Dee Hibbert-Jones

    Artist Nomi Talisman in collaboration with Dee Hibbert-Jones

    It’s Not Us, It’s You is an exhibition that explores the inevitability of rejection in our lives – a timely topic in today’s woeful economic climate. The show opens at the ICA on April 3rd. Through a tragic and sometimes heartbreaking lens, the artists in this exhibition respond to the reality of rejection with subversion, self-reflection, humor and brutal honesty.

    As part of It’s Not Us, It’s You, guest curator and artist Ray Beldner is compiling a book of artist rejection letters. Artists are invited to send their rejection letters via email to info@sjica.org with “FOR REJECTION SHOW” in the subject by March 28. The ICA promises that no entries will be rejected for this project.

    • Michael Gant 11:46 pm on February 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      A long time ago I got a rejection notice from a small literary magazine signed by Raymond Carver himself. I’ve saved it all these years cause it represents the high water mark of my career as a short story writer.

      • maureencj 12:00 am on February 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Very cool! Michael, would you like to submit a copy to the rejection album?

    • ree 2:44 pm on February 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      we loved having you here again and yes, you should get a little second home here, then we can watch the Oscars every year together 🙂
      See you time with our lovely Ms Lorri !

  • cathykimball 11:07 pm on February 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Marfa, Texas 

    This is my second trip to Marfa and I love it more than ever. Lorri Keshner and I flew to El Paso on Thursday, February 19th and drove 3 hours to Marfa – in the middle of nowhere. The drive was breathtaking and the sense of calm here is truly intoxicating. It is some of the most beautiful and humbling landscape I have ever seen in my life. I can’t begin to describe what it’s like – the vastness of the land. It might be the one place that I may be able to truly grasp the notion of infiinity. You can see forever – literally. It’s absolutely overwhelming — especially for a New Yorker!

    Judd boxes against infiinity landscape

    Judd boxes against infiinity landscape

    On Saturday we drove the Pinto Canyon Road to Ruidosa, a tiny little town right along the Mexican border. It’s a 60 mile trip, half on paved road

    Pinto Canyon Road

    Lorri Kershner

    and half on ridiculously unpaved road through the Pinto Canyon.

    rough pinto canyon terrain

    rough pinto canyon terrain

    At every turn, the landscape transforms and is something entirely different than what it was around the last bend.  The drive took about 2 1/2 hours.

    When we got to Riudosa, we immediately saw that the town has its own stimulus plan:

    Riudosa retail

    Riudosa retail

    The only other “attraction” was a long-abandoned adobe church. It appears that there has been some work done to the roof, but otherwise it is a skeletal structure — the only significant one in this town of 16.

    Abandoned church at Riudosa

    Abandoned church at Riudosa

    We turned east along the River Road, headed to Presidio, TX. Along the way we came upon this small graveyard. Most of the names are Mexican and all of the engravings are in Spanish. The graves dated from the early 1900s to about 2000 and they all face the border, towards Mexico. It would seem that in this barren and desolate countryside these people needed to bury their own dead.

    Indio Ranch Cemetery

    Indio Ranch Cemetery

    • Donna 9:05 pm on February 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Oh,fer cryin’ out loud Cathy. Would ya just move here already? Call me next year and I’ll drive out to meet you. BTW, it’s Go Texan Day here in Houston, all the trailriders are coming in for the rodeo.

    • Kathy 2:27 am on March 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have to ask. Why Marfa/ Riudosa? There’s a lot of the southwest that looks like this. Stay safe!

    • Marisa Nakasone 6:55 pm on March 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Since you’re in Marfa, you’ll want to listen to Nina Katchadourian’s “Marfa Jingles.” I’ve only heard clips on her music/myspace page but it may provide a nice soundtrack to your Marfa wanderings.

      • Susan O'Malley 7:22 pm on March 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Marisa, this is great, thank you for sharing! I love Nina Katchadourian’s work, she is hysterical and I didn’t know about this project. Cathy was in Marfa last week most likely visiting the places Nina is singing about. The expansive landscapes from the photos are inspiring. No wonder so many interesting creative projects come out from there.

    • Lorri Kershner 3:45 am on March 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      As a reply to ‘Kathy’, I have to say, Marfa is a premier art destination. What I find fascinating is that Cathy was so compelled by this landscape that it is what she commented on more than any other aspect of our visit. Donald Judd’s beautiful boxes are displayed in gorgeous natural light at the Chinati Foundation, which Judd helped found during his life in Marfa. Ballroom Marfa is a nationally recognized gallery, and Gallery Urbane features artists Cathy was interested in meeting. Everywhere one goes in Marfa, there is a conversation about art and artists. Nevertheless, it was the big, mysterious landscape that really captivated Cathy, and she isn’t the only one. And the more remote and rugged, the happier she was!

  • Fanny Retsek 7:45 pm on February 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Print Party at the ICA! 


    Los Gatos Arts Docents in the Print Center: Carol Webb, Elaine Cardinale and Gina Bommarito with visiting instructor Sandra Starkey Simon.

    Los Gatos Arts Docents in the Print Center: Carol Webb, Elaine Cardinale and Gina Bommarito with visiting instructor Sandra Starkey Simon.


    Earlier this month the Art Docents of Los Gatos had their second volunteer appreciation print party at the ICA Print Center. It was so so so FUN!

    This is what they said: “Having had no experience with printmaking I felt more comfortable after I made the first print. The positive energy of the group and the relaxed atmosphere helped to bring out the creative part of me. I had fun discovering the other side of my brain!” –Gina Bommarito

    “I have found this workshop to be a popular way for our members to get to know each other and encourages long-lasting relationships. When we have the opportunity to make art, among friends, in a non-threatening environment, with careful instruction, not only do we all benefit from the process but most often the product turns out well, too. Thank you, ICA and Fanny, for opening your studio after hours so that we can afford these rich experiences for our worthy volunteers/members.” –Elaine Cardinale, Education/Tours Chair or the Arts Docents of Los Gatos

    Holding this monotype workshop fulfilled the Art Docents of Los Gatos continuing education component of its volunteer program. This includes: team building opportunities; art/techniques training; self expression and self fulfillment opportunities; rewards for members in acknowledgement of their volunteer work; and endeavors to create lasting relationships/friendships among members.

  • Susan O'Malley 9:52 pm on February 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    As Seen On Best Of The Bay 

    Check out a tour of the ICA’s current exhibition Lewis deSoto: BEFORE AFTER and the Print Center featured on KRON TV “Best of the Bay.”

    Vodpod videos no longer available.

    more about “As Seen On Best Of The Bay“, posted with vodpod


  • Susan O'Malley 1:34 am on February 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    March Madness! Sign up Now for March Print Center Workshops 

    Sign up Now for March Print Center Workshops!
    Get inspired at the ICA Print Center and check out our new courses and a few return favorites.


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