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  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 12:08 am on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Get Steve Martin to the San Jose ICA Auction! 

    Get Steve Martin to the San Jose ICA

    We recently sent this invitation letter to Steve Martin (see below).  And guess what? It worked!
    Read our Thank You letter to Steve.  And while you’re at it, become a fan of  “Get Steve Martin to the ICA” on Facebook!

    Dear Steve,

    The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is  a non-profit contemporary art gallery that presents work by established and emerging regional artists and provides educational programming to members, donors and the community.

    We are inviting you to join the ICA this year as we celebrate our 30th anniversary.  Why you?  Why us?  We’ll explain.

    The ICA has presented its Annual Fall Art Exhibition and Auction – our major fundraiser of the year –since we opened our doors 30 years ago. More than 175 works donated by established artists including Manuel Neri and Frank Lobell to “anonymous” artists are on view and for sale during the exhibition and auction.  This is a big deal for us and for the artistic and cultural community that we serve . This year the exhibition opens on October 1st with a silent auction.  The live auction – the “big event” – is on Saturday, October 23rd.

    For the past 10 years the auction has been led by a good friend of the ICA and professional auctioneer named, you guessed it, Steve Martin.  And during these past ten years we have often wondered and dreamed about how cool it would be if the other Steve Martin (that’s you) attended our auction.

    We also know, as many do, that you are an avid art collector/enthusiast; that you started buying art when you were in college; and that you’ve long been a champion of art collecting and art appreciation. High five!

    Steve, this year we want to blow the roof off the joint.  So we figured, let’s just go for it.  Let’s ask the other Steve Martin to join in the celebration too!  What have we got to lose?  A smidgen of pride?  The respect of our friends and community?   Our jobs?  Pish!  We don’t care!   We’re doing it.  We’re inviting the other Steve Martin to our anniversary celebration.

    There are many ways that you can participate, like:

    • coming to the October 1st opening reception and maybe throwing down a bid in the silent auction, or
    • being our very special guest speaker at our next Talking Art discussion in the gallery (Are you free on a Thursday nite in October?), or
    • visiting the gallery between now and say, mid October, shaking our hands, wishing us well, taking your picture with us, letting us interview you for our blog, becoming our first celebrity Facebook fan, signing our guest book, adding 20 bucks to our donation box, etc., etc., etc., or
    • whatever you want!

    So, all kidding and lame attempts at humor aside, we really are serious.   We cordially invite you to join us and our friends at our big auction celebration this year.   Check us out on our website (http://www.sjica.org).   If you go to the “Exhibition Archive” Page you can read all about our past auctions, view pics and see the amazing works that artists have donated over the years.

    You can call or email us if you want to explore this “amazing offer” further.

    Thank you the Steve Martin for your time and consideration.  We look forward to a-snowball’s-chance-in-hell of speaking with you.

    Kind regards,

    The ICA Staff

    • InsinsfideMiz 7:21 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What a blogpost!! Very interesting… Looking for more posts like this!! Keep you the goodwork!
      Anyway thank you for this info.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 6:41 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    “Exposed” Profile: Robin Hill 

    Robin Hill, Snowflake

    Robin Hill

    Robin Hill’s work is on view at the ICA in the exhibition Exposed: Today’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology thru Sept 19, 2010.

    Robin Hill’s Snowflake #1 is derived from a mathematical algorithm produced by Professor Janko Gravner of UC Davis, as part of his research on probability in crystal snowflake growth. This unique collaboration between a mathematician and an artist bridges natural and human sciences and has resulted in this huge and beautiful translation of mathematical data into a visual image.

    Hill uses the 19th-century photographic technique of cyanotype (historically used for botanical studies), to create her ghostly blue and white images. The cyanotype records the quality of translucence and opacity in the material and also the distance the material is from the paper and any shadow it casts. The process is simple and involves two solutions, which are blended together in equal parts. The paper is coated with the solution and dried in the dark. The negative is then placed directly on the paper and exposed to the sun. After exposure, the print is processed by simply rinsing it in water. A white image emerges on a blue background.

    Hill received her BA from Kansas City Art Institute and has had solo exhibitions at Don Soker Contemporary Art and the Davis Art Center. She has been included in group exhibitions throughout the United States and France, and received a Faculty Research Grant from UC Davis where she teaches. Hill divides her time between Woodland, CA and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 11:03 pm on August 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Making Tintypes with Michael Shindler 

    Here is a wonderful tutorial/wrap up of last week’s Talking Art session with guest speaker/instructor Michael Shindler. This was posted by Michele Guieu on her Inspiration, etc… blog. Michele was one of 20 enthusiastic participants in the program. Thank you Michele for attending and for documenting your experience.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 4:57 pm on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    “Exposed” Artist Profile: Michael Shindler 

    Tintype portrait by Michal Shindler

    Michael Shindler

    Michael’s Shindler’s works are on view in the exhibition Exposed:  Today’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology at the ICA thru Sept 19, 2010.

    For several months, Michael Shindler has been making tintype portraits of people he meets in his Mission district neighborhood in San Francisco. For Shindler, engaging with people and sharing his knowledge of tintypes is as important as making the work. Though a 19th-century technique, the chemical process of making a tintype is magical. Similar to a Polaroid, the tintype carries a direct and physical imprint of the subject and as the grainless portrait develops on aluminum in the darkroom, it reveals an image unlike any other photograph. Shindler delights in revealing the process with others and takes two photos during his portrait sessions, keeping one and giving one to the portrait sitter. He writes, “making photographs this way, one plate at a time and with exposure times of several seconds, requires communication and cooperation between the photographer and the subject. The work is slow, but it is that slowness that helps to strip away some of the posed, constructed self that people naturally present to the camera.” When tintypes were invented in 1856, they were popular because they were cheap and could be produced on the spot. Shindler’s generous gesture plays with the history of the tintype as a momento while also documenting the diverse faces of his neighborhood.

    A San Francisco based artist, Shindler has been making and teaching others how to make tintypes for over fifteen years. His work has been exhibited at Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco.

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