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  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 9:20 pm on May 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Enjoy these ArtHouse Pics! 

    Thanks to everyone who joined us at our inaugural ArtHouse event (April 30 and May 1, 2011).  It was a fabulous weekend of art-making in the Print Center, art selling and buying at the Print Fair featuring works by 35 Bay Area printmakers, exhibitions, demos and talks by visiting and exhibiting artists, and lots more.  We reconnected with old friends and made new ones and took lots of pics along the way.

    To enjoy the pics, simply click on the image above.


  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 12:13 am on March 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Mark Your Calendar for ArtHouse 

    Please join us at ArtHouse, a weekend-long celebration of art and ideas at the ICA, April 30 and May 1, 2011 (9AM – 5PM each day).  ArtHouse is free to attend and will highlight and demonstrate all the great things that are going on at the ICA that benefit artists, members and our community at large, including:

    The Print Fair: an open portfolio sale by more than 35 Bay Area printmakers
    Printapalooza!: morning and afternoon art-making workshops at the ICA Print Center*
    AIR Print Exhibition: original works on paper by ICA Artists in Residence
    Talking Art: lunchtime conversations and demonstrations with visiting artists
    Exhibition Tours with ICA curators and exhibiting artists

    For more details and to sign-up, click here.

    To win a chance to participate in a 3-hour printmaking workshop for free during ArtHouse, print this invitation card and drop it off at the ICA on or before April 15, 2011.

    For ArtHouse information and programming updates, please go to http://www.sjica.org.

    We are very excited to be presenting this inaugural event and hope to see you in there. Please feel free to invite your friends and family.

    Cheers and stay tuned for more ArtHouse news in the coming weeks.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 12:49 am on March 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Mike Rathbun talks about Urgency 

    Enjoy this brief three-minute video interview with Mike Rathbun who’s large-scale immersive sculptural installation, Urgency is on view in the ICA’s Focus Gallery through June 4, 201

    watch video

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 6:29 pm on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Tony May: Old Technology Art Catalogue: The Back Story 

    Tony May: Old Technology

    Tony May: Old Technology - Limited Edition Art Catalogue

    On the occasion of the expansive retrospective exhibition, Tony May: Old Technology , ICA curator Susan O’Malley undertook an exciting project to commemorate the exhibition.  During the past several months Susan has worked with May and designer Joshua Swanbeck to create a very special exhibition catalogue. Part art object and part book,  the Old Technology limited edition art catalogue will be available in early December and includes an introduction by ICA Executive Director and Chief Curator Cathy Kimball, a critical essay by Curator Renny Pritikin, over 40 full color plates and a one-of-a-kind object from Tony May’s personal collection.

    We asked Susan to tell us more about this project.

    Q:   The catalogue looks and feels like a piece of Tony’s work.  Was this the intent all along?

    I’m so glad you think so! Yes, we definitely wanted this catalogue to feel like Tony’s artwork. Tony has the uncanny ability to elevate the most ordinary and modest materials into meaningful objects worth noticing. We wanted this to ring true for his catalogue as well.

    Q:   Why did this catalogue ultimately take on the form of a box?

    Given that Tony is obsessed with books it’s actually amusing that his catalogue is in the form of a box. But I also find it completely appropriate since he has used books to make shelves, lamps, floors and even a roof. He has never really used books to function as a book!

    We definitely considered the rich history of artists who have used the box as a book form and felt that Tony’s conceptually-driven work related to this tradition. And when Tony brought us the most beautiful brown cardboard box filled manila envelopes, photographs and slides of his work, a light bulb went off. I showed it to our designer, Joshua Swanbeck, and he just ran with it. Joshua designed the catalogue to feel like rummaging through a box of personal belongings, with the surprise of opening each envelope and the various textures of papers.

    About the process:

    This is as much a unique art object as it is a catalogue reflecting 40 years of Tony May’s artwork. Each box has been designed with attention to craft and form to reflect Tony’s unique voice, not to mention hours of printing, collating, threading, stamping and cutting! I hope that the care and attention we poured into this project is felt when it is held in someone’s hands and experienced in person.

    It’s been a pleasure and honor to work on this and I can’t wait to launch on December 9!

    (100) Limited Edition Art Catalogue
    Price: ($150+tax)
    Available: December 9, 2010
    Pre-order now!
    Questions? Contact Susan O’Malley, 408.283.8155 or email: susan@sjica.org.

  • 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

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