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  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 7:30 pm on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    GOT Steve Martin to the San Jose ICA! 

    Well folks, we did it! Together, through a stealth and somewhat misguided national mobilization effort to Get Steve Martin the the San Jose ICA’s 30th Annual Art Exhibition and Auction we GOT the Steve to the ICA!  Read the original invitation letter here to see how it all started.  Below is our Thank You letter to Steve.  Visit the ICA website to get all the details.

    Dear Steve,

    You are even more clever than you look. Hard to fathom.  Today we received your RSVP to our upcoming 30th Annual Art Exhibition and Auction in October.  Thank you, Steve <fist bump>.  And of course you responded in your expected, unexpected way.

    You know Steve,  when we told folks that we invited you to join us at our auction fundraiser event because of the whole other Steve Martin cosmic connection and your own personal interest in art and collecting and all that, they all kinda went, “Meh.  Dream on, weirdos.”

    Well who are the weirdos now?  Ok, we’re still weird but that’s beside the point.   We are now excitedly scheming about how we’re going to present your generous performance piece to our members, friends, supporters and guests at our anniversary event celebration.  And rest assured Steve, it will be done in the spirit of your generous gift, talent and truly genuine nature.

    Again Steve, thank you so very much.  WE knew you would support the ICA and our 30-year old mission to serve up the best contemporary art in the hood. You get it, Steve.  Very, very cool.

    And in the words of one tough, never-say-melt snowball in hell, “Has anyone seen my SPF90?”

    Giddily yours,

    The ICA Staff and Board of Directors

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 10:14 pm on September 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Originality vs Authenticity: By Joshua Swanbeck 

    Here’s an interesting and thought-provoking essay written by our most-talented and long-time designer, Joshua Swanbeck for creative blog, Design Assembly.

    Don’t try to be original,
    just try to be good.’
    (Paul Rand quoting Mies Van der Rohe)

    Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about that quote and the potentially overblown virtues of uniqueness. Is originality really so unimportant?  read on

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 5:04 pm on September 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    “Exposed” Artist Profile: Beth Moon 

    Beth Moon

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

    The wondrous plants depicted in Beth Moon’s series The Savage Garden represent a botanical variety that blurs the line between the vegetable and animal kingdom. In addition to sunlight and water, these plants require a diet high in protein. Their seductive beauty attracts their food – insects, worms, tadpoles, lizards and small rats.  For instance, the transparent hood of the Cobra Lily is designed to retain and reflect light specifically to draw the attention of an insect. Tiny hairs in the Venus Fly Trap signal when a visitor enters the claw-like appendage, which will then snap shut, paralyzing and crushing the victim. Luring prey with an intoxicating scent, the external hairs of a Pitcher plant grow at an upward angle leading insects toward the top of a slippery lip where they fall like drunks and drown inside the trap.

    Moon employs an equally seductive photographic process to depict these deceptively beautiful plants – a platinum printing technique that produces tones ranging from cool blacks to richer browns than can be obtained with traditional platinum printing methods. It requires no development. The process for making platinum prints was invented in 1873 and was popular until the 1920s when the price of platinum became prohibitively expensive. It was replaced by the somewhat cheaper palladium print, which employs a compound of the metal palladium rather than platinum. Both processes were valued for their great range of subtle tonal variations, which Moon has used so effectively in this series.

    Beth Moon was born in Neenah, Wisconsin. Although she was a fine art major at the University of Wisconsin, she is a self-taught photographer. Her interest in photography was discovered somewhat indirectly while designing women’s clothes. Moon hired photographers to document her new designs, but quickly decided to do it herself. She later sold the design company and continued to pursue her interest in photography, experimenting with various printing methods.  She currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 4:55 pm on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    “Exposed” Artist Profile: Kerik Kouklis 

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

    For the last few years, Kerik Kouklis has made tintypes of his daughter and her friends when they visit from college. Kouklis revels in the slowed-down pace of making tintypes in his studio. Unlike shooting with a digital camera, exposure time ranges from five seconds to thirty seconds, which dramatically heightens the relationship between the camera, the portrait sitter and the photographer. Also, like a Polaroid, the tintype is a one-of-a-kind photo, and the image is developed immediately after being taken. In this series, Kouklis asked each person to choose how they wanted to be photographed. After a day of shooting and developing the portraits together, they decided their images resembled a group of misfit superheroes and declared the series the Santa Cruz Saints.

    A California-native, Kouklis has been teaching workshops in 19th-century processes for over ten years. His work has been exhibited in galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Gualala and Yosemite and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Newcastle, PA.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 11:24 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    “Exposed” Artist Profile: Chris McCaw 

    Chris McCaw, Sunburned GSP #360, 2009, Collection of David Pace and Diane Jonte Pace

    Chris McCaw

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

    The title of Chris McCaw’s Sunburn Series is entirely literal. Setting up for long exposures in the Mojave Desert or by the San Francisco Bay, McCaw employs the most basic elements of the photographic medium: camera, lens and paper. He then lets his open lens work as a magnifying glass to focus the sun’s light onto paper negatives. The resulting images document a landscape transformed by long exposures of the sun traversing the sky, scorching and often burning its path completely through the photographic paper. Paradoxically, the intense daytime images read as nightscapes.

    Chris McCaw received his BFA in photography from the Academy of Art, San Francisco in 1995 and studied photographic arts and film production at DeAnza College in the early ‘90s. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and is in numerous public collections including SFMOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Princeton University Art Museum. He has received numerous awards, including an Alternative Exposure Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. McCaw currently lives and works in San Francisco.

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