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  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 9:57 pm on July 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Accidental Art 

    Image selection from "The Face in the Lens: Unknown Photographs"

    Image selection from "The Face in the Lens: Unknown Photographs"

    Just caught Robert Flynn Johnson on KQED’s Forum talking about his new book,  “The Face in the Lens. Anonymous Photographs.”  Robert, the former curator of  the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, is a good friend of the ICA. He recently led an ICA Talking Art session – sharing his views and knowledge of Monotype Prints in support of our Annual Monotype Marathon. During the KQED radio interview Robert made an interesting observation, saying that photographs outlive commitments – something that we all “get” when we look at our own photos of friends and family.  He noted that the  connection or commitment captured by the lens in many instances no longer exits.  Sad but true.  After listening to Robert, I’m inspired to drag out my dusty boxes of pre-digital age photos and count the commitments that have kept up with those captured in my photos.

    Two final notes: A selection of Robert’s private collection of photographs is on view at Modernism on Market St. in SF thru August 29.  And, Robert recommended his favorite book on the subject of photography: “Camera Lucida” by Roland Barthes.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 9:12 pm on July 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Fabulous Prints + People = Best Auction Party Ever! 

    Cathy Kimball sans shoes - she means business!

    Cathy Kimball sans shoes - she means business!

    Last weekend’s Monotype Marathon Auction Party was a smashing success.  The gallery was packed to the rafters with friends, family, fans, and art lovers from near and far. The evening began with the San Jose Jazz Society’s Youth Ensemble entertaining us with an incredible repetoire of smooth jazz tunes that wafted through the galleries and carried on throughout the evening.  A big shout out to  Yuma, his trio mates and Geoff Roach at the SJ Jazz Society.

    San Jose Jazz Society Youth Ensemble

    San Jose Jazz Society Youth Ensemble

    It was hot outside but calm and cool inside until the auction lots started to close. Then all bets were on and things heated up inside.   Prints flew off the wall, bidding wars erupted, arbitors were run ragged, and the crowd cheered.

    Strategizing before the bell

    Strategizing before the bell

    Thanks to one and all – our fabulous artists, our beloved members, sponsors, patrons, volunteers and staffers.  Check out more party pics here and view the prints that were the real stars of the evening.  And if you missed out on the party or the auction action, you can still purchase prints. Just give us a call at 408-283-8155 or stop by the gallery.

    And now we’re onto the next big thing — our Fall Auction Party on October 24th! Staty tuned and stay in touch!

  • Susan O'Malley 8:06 pm on July 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Ted Fullwood 

    While getting the NextNew: Green exhibition up and running over the last week, I took a break to meet San Jose artist Ted Fullwood.  I had heard about Ted’s colorful pipe cleaner sculptures and compulsive making (his house is a living sculpture) so it was wonderful to meet him and get a glimpse into his practice in person.


    Fullwood has been making work out of  his San Jose home and treats it both as a studio and as a work of art. Practically everything in Fullwood’s house is tiled, quilted or hand-made. His former roomate, Adam Ellyson, has also contributed to his home over the years, with colorful rugs and curtains.  In the 25 years he has been in San Jose, he has lived in his current residence for the past 14 years and starting the mosaic projects 11 years ago.

    Fullwood’s work reminded me of the folks from the Forcefield Collective that was born out the Rhode Island School of Design, most notably, Jim Drain and Ara Peterson’s work. I also couldn’t help to see connections to Nick Cave‘s incredible soundsuits and sculptures at YBCA.

    Thank you Ted for the visit, it totally made my day!  Here are a few more pictures of  Ted’s home and work.



  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 7:33 pm on July 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    The Monotype: a cure for recession blues? 

    Can “enlightened fingerpainting” restore one’s faith in humanity? I think so. It hit me last night as I listened to our good friend Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Museums of San Francisco.

    Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, Museums of San Francisco

    Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, Museums of San Francisco

    ICA friends and family, artists and art lovers, collectors and the curious gathered in conversation with Robert  to celebrate our annual Monotype Marathon and get in the zone for the upcoming Print Auction.  Robert informed us that every mover and shaker in the art world has turned to the monotype for inspiration and rejuvenation.  When Degas, Frankenthaler, Oliveira, and Picasso wanted to get or win back freedom, surprise, and magic in their work and life,  they found salvation in the monotype. When risk-taking seemed like the thing NOT to do, they all did it – through the monotype process.   And the evidence, as shown to us by Robert, was clear.

    I traveled our monotype gallery this morning with fresh eyes and saw freedom, surprise, magic, and the thrill of  unknown.  It’s there on on our walls and I’ve made a commitment to look for it again outside our doors.

    Finding inspiration in the monotype

    Finding inspiration in the monotype

    Monotype Marathon Gallery at the ICA. Print Auction, July 18

    Monotype Marathon Gallery at the ICA. Print Auction, July 18

  • Susan O'Malley 9:33 pm on July 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Suyama in Seattle 

    I was in Seattle this weekend and met with Beth Sellars, who for over 10 years, has curated wonderful projects at the Suyama Space downtown Seattle.  Here at the ICA, we have been admiring Beth’s work for some time, so it was a treat to finally see the space and meet her. Suyama focuses on site-specific, experimental, and immersive projects. While there I saw an installation titled RAUMGREIFEND by Andreas Bee.


    These large floating sculptures gracefully suspend from the ceiling and unexpectedly emit a wonderful airy energy.  I was also struck by the magnificent light in the space – depending on what time it is in the day, it casts different shadows on the work.


    This experience also reminded of how important it is to experience art. While there have been plenty of gorgeous photographs documenting site-specific projects, nothing can quite replace the impression and power of being there.

    This work is up until August 14.  If you can’t make this one, definitely make a trip to the space the next time you are in Seattle.

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