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  • annahygelund 12:00 am on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    3 Great Shows in 30 Minutes or Less 

    Got 30 minutes? Take in three great art shows in downtown San Jose…yes, in 30 minutes or less.

    The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles’ current exhibit is “Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Master Innovator.” 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 his 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.

    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’s 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 and graphic novelist is apparent in his latest body of work, Re:Bob with his striking incorporation of text and graphic compositional treatment.

    Last but certainly not least, here at the ICA we have 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.

    San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

    520 S. First Street

    San Jose, Ca 95113

    Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm


    Anno Domini

    366 South First Street

    San Jose, Ca 95113

    Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12pm-7pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm


    San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

    560 S. First Street

    San Jose, Ca 95113

    Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm


  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 7:34 pm on March 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Notes from the field: Fine Art Dealers Association 15th Annual LA Art Show, Jan 20-24, 2010 

    This post has been contributed by ICA Board Member and good friend, Kathy Rosner Galitz.  Thank you Kathy and keep these reports from the field a comin’!

    There is much wonderful art in the world, especially in my hometown of Los Angeles.  Hence it is very convenient to find a lot of it in one place with some nice surprises from other parts of the US, as well as Europe, Asia, India and South America.  With over 100 exhibitors, it was hard to absorb it all in the single day that I had there.

    Although a number of the exhibitors sold works from the early 1900s or well established artists such as Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, and Sam Francis, most of the wall space was devoted to contemporary working artists many of which were new names, at least to me.

    Among my favorites was Stephanie Wilde, a painter and printmaker (Stewart Gallery – Boise, ID) who weaves social commentary into her complex, symbolic networks of figures and symbols that bring to mind Escher and Hieronymous Bosch as well as history classes covering the Middle Ages.

    I also enjoyed Paul Villinski’s compositions of colored butterflies mounted to the wall (Morgan Lehman, NY), and Ted Swiet’s “Chandelier” which was a light fixture that looked like an exploding Haliburton briefcase (Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica).  Peter Romberg’s acrylic images of stylized children with various prostheses were thought provoking (Bert Green Fine Art, LA) as were compositions of images and found objects by Cuban artist Carlos Estevez (Couturier Gallery, LA).  Volakis Gallery (Yountville, CA) showed an excellent set of photographs by Misha Gordon and Brian Oglesbee.

    Our good friends from the Bryant Street Gallery were also there featuring works by Aondrea Maynard and Jeanne Vadeboncoer, who kindly donated work to our fall auction last year.  Karen Imperial says “hi”.   I will never look at a 6-pack holder again the same way after viewing Jane Wolverton’s wall hangings (Sculpturesite Gallery, SF).

    However some of the more impressive work was from foreign galleries, notably the work of Jean Francois Rauzier (Waterhouse Fine Art, UK).  His large photomontage pieces of libraries, architectural features and landscapes often using human models were captivating to all who saw them.  Lausberg Contemporary (Toronto, ON  & Dusseldorf) featured an engaging collection of evening gowns of wire mesh by Sophie DeFrancesca, spectacular photography by David Burdeny and furry animals made from thin shards of glass by Marta Knowska.  The Rebecca Hossack Gallery (UK) featured intriguing symbolic watercolors by Balint Zsako, cheerful oils of children by David Bromley and crocheted platters of food that looked good enough to eat by Kate Jenkins.  There was also a curated (Karin Adrian von Roques) exhibition of contemporary Middle Eastern Art (Sundaram Tagore Gallery, LA) featuring artists from Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Qatar, of which my favorites were the intense “Farmer” oils of Georges Ibrahim.

    In short, it was an excellent selection of fine work.  My only regret was that I missed the Nick Cave Soundsuit Invasion performance art which opened the show.

  • 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.



  • 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.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 10:05 pm on June 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    MIXing it up with Architecture @ MCASD 

    Didn’t get to the Irvine Museum liked I had hoped but had 5 hours to myself on recent trip to San Diego. I checked out MCASD in La Jolla  and spent a few of those hours checking out MIX: Nine San Diego Architects and Designers exhibition – showcasing work of innovative architects and designers in SD county, thru Sept 6. The 7 project rooms, one for each firm – reveal processes that often lie hidden behind the material and stylistic facade of architecture.

    Most impressed with work by Teddy Cruz called “Radicalizing the Local: 60 miles of Transborder Conflict.”  Provides a stunning visual narrative of  impact of cross-border dynamics on architectural practices. GREAT interview with Cruz loaded on  iPOD you pick up at front desk that really adds depth to work on view.

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