Taking Liberties: the 40th anniversary member exhibition, on view through August 20

Taking Liberties
the 40th anniversary member exhibition

 

Works’ 2017 member exhibition is an arts community celebration of 40 years of democratic, community access art. This non-juried exhibit of 88 artists who have donated to support the community building concept of Works will reveal the broad range of messages, experiences, methods, and styles of our multifaceted community. Members of Works/San José range from widely exhibited and collected artists to emerging artists and even some newcomers exhibiting for the first time. Celebrate the diversity of our visual arts community on view together at Works.

Opening Reception: First Friday, August 4, 7-10pm

Closing and Art Pick-up Party with Annual Member (and Friends) Meeting, Sunday, August 20, 4-7pm
Join the Member Event on Facebook!

Visit our Street MRKT booth, also on opening night, on South First Street to make your own wearable art button!

Exhibition continues through August 20.

CALL FOR ART: the 40th anniversary member exhibition!

You are invited to participate in the 2017 40th anniversary members’ exhibition entitled Taking Liberties at Works!

Not a current member? join or renew when you bring your art or join now online!

ART DELIVERY on three days:
Sunday, July 23, 2-6pm
Friday, July 28, 2-6pm
Saturday, July 29, 12-4pm

deliver to Works/San José:
365 South Market Street
Market Street edge of SJ Convention Center building, downtown San José

Each member of Works is invited to place one work of art into the exhibition, your piece must be ready-to-hang (framed/mounted, etc. with all hanging hardware). We must limit wall pieces to 24 inches in width; and sculptural pieces to 24 inches in width and depth—space is tight, so please consider a smaller work! Include instructions for any special display needs. Please also provide a resume and artist statement. Your work may be for sale if you wish. The exhibition entry form and exhibition agreement can be completed when you deliver your work or can be downloaded here:
CALL FOR ART PDF
EXHIBIT AGREEMENT FORM PDF

opening reception:
First Friday, August 4, 7pm to 10pm

exhibition:
August 5 through 20
Volunteer to help staff the exhibit! Find out more on delivery days.

“One of a Kind: prints and more by Ray Ashley” on view through July 23

One of a Kind: prints and more by Ray Ashley

opening night: First Friday, July 7, 2017, 7-10pm
exhibition: July 8–23

This special July exhibition features the art of Ray Ashley, a patron saint of local artists and arts organizations, who was an artist himself. Works will show selections of Ray’s work coinciding with the first exhibit devoted to his vast collection of art at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. One of Works’ most generous supporters, Ray passed away late in 2016. Works will provide the opportunity to collect Ray’s work just as he collected the work of so many regional artists. Tables of silk screen and mono prints by Ray are available for visitors to select prints for any donation. The exhibit includes intaglio prints and watercolor paintings in an exhibit that hints at Ray’s intense experimentation and form iterations.

System OVERLORD on view through June 25

“System OVERLORD” brings together designers and artists from the Bay Area to around the globe who are pushing the limits of print and new media. Their visual communication explores unique techniques that reimagine form, color, space, and content. Curated by Bay Area designer Andy Tran, the exhibition will graphically navigate through highs and lows of human experience and emotion.

System OVERLORD designers:
Jimbo Barbu
Thomas Blankschøn
IsoPoly
Mars Maiers
Network Osaka
Andy Tran

Join the opening night event on Facebook
No-host bar and free refreshments at the opening.
Join us at our SubZERO street booth during opening night to design your own wearable art for free!

SF Design Week open house with curator Andy Tran, free exhibit souvenirs and snacks throughout the day!
Saturday, June 17, noon-4pm. Admission FREE!
Please register at Eventbrite so we know how much food to get!

Exhibition continues through June 25.

System OVERLORD is presented for SF Design Week by Works/San José and AIGA SF.

Grindhouse open through May 27

Grindhouse: SJSU Animation/Illustration BFA 2017

68 graduating students present a huge range of experimental work in visual development, story, animation, and modeling in the fields of filmmaking, gaming graphics, and character creation. From fierce aliens to the kids next door, Grindhouse features hundreds of fanciful images and videos. The title “Grindhouse” recalls B-movie theaters of the past as well as free coffee while it lasts on exhibition days!

opening reception: First Friday May 5, 7-10pm
No-host bar and free refreshments at the opening reception.
The gallery remains open until 11pm on South First Fridays.
Join the opening event on Facebook!

Exhibition continues through May 27 with special exhibit hours:
Thurs-Fri 12-6pm, Sat-Sun 12-4pm.

Alternative Facts on view through April 23

Works presents an open community exhibition of artists at all levels of experience and in all manner of media as a broad survey of responses to the title phrase, which has entered our lexicon from political speech to the Urban Dictionary.

Opening Reception: First Friday, April 7, 7-10pm
Join the Opening event on Facebook!

Exhibition dates: April 8 to 23, 2017
Hours: Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays Sundays 12-4pm

Closing and Art Pick-up Party: Sunday, April 23, 4-6pm

The phrase “alternative facts” was originally used by Kellyanne Conway, United States Counselor to the President, during a Meet the Press interview on January 22 of this year. She used the phrase to defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s false statement dramatically inflating the number of people in attendance at Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States.

 

Chafismo continues through March 12

Chafismo: An Introduction to New Forms of Art Post-Rasquachismo

opening reception: First Friday, February 3, 2017, 7-10pm
opening reception performance by DJ Telepathic Juan tocando DIY Pop y Mexican Kitsch
free refreshments and no-host bar
exhibition: February 4 through March 12, 2017
curated by Angelica Muro and Hector Dionicio Mendoza

talk with the curators: Saturday, March 11, 5pm
Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains will moderate a discussion with Angelica Muro and Hector Dionisio Mendoza, curators of the exhibition. Doors open 4:30. Free admission and free light refreshments.
See the talk event on Facebook!

Featuring work by Sita Bhaumik, Felix d’Eon, Karla Diaz, Monique Islam, Prole Arts Collective (Nosfe and Rarotonga), Isaías D. Rodríguez, and Arnoldo Vargas, this exhibition re-examines social based-phantom culture by sampling and appropriating sources that are linked to both high and low culture through use of materials that convey social-economic and political class, race, gender, and sexuality. Chafismo highlights work that moves towards the current dialogue surrounding the complexity within ChicanX practices. This often means artists giving a critical voice to prevailing theoretical paradigms that frame arte y cultura as long relegated issues that should be expanding our understanding of positionality, value, and worth. By questioning established standard tenets as idle, a new approach and visual language can emerge to probe the conventionality of what is considered broken, irreverent, or complacent.

Works opens 2017 with January readings and exhibition February First Friday

January Events:
Discount Art Sale at each January event!

Well-RED monthly poetry reading
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, doors open 6pm, reading starts 7pm
Featured Poets: Joyce E Young and Dane Corvine
open mic follows
admission: $2 donation; no one turned away

Flash Fiction Forum
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, doors open 6:30pm, reading starts 7pm
a wide range of featured flash fiction readings
see how to participate at www.flashfictionforum.com
admission: $2 donation; no one turned away

Next Exhibition:

Chafismo: An Introduction to New Forms of Art Post-Rasquachismo
Opening Reception: First Friday, February 3, 2017, 7-10pm
Exhibition: February 4 through March 12, 2017

Works opens its 40th anniversary year with an exhibition curated by Angelica Muro and Hector Dionisio Mendoza. Chafismo re-examines social based-phantom culture by sampling and appropriating sources that are linked to both high and low culture through use of materials that convey social-economic and political class, race, gender, and sexuality. This often means giving a new function to something that would conventionally be considered broken, irreverent, or complacent.

Benefit Auction is December 10; exhibit open all week 2-6pm

Works’ Benefit Art Auction is the most eclectic and accessible in the area and will feature 100 works from local and regional artists. Support your community art center and make a bid for freedom of expression!

opening reception: First Friday, December 2, 6-10pm
exhibition: open every day, December 3 through 10, 2-6pm
auction night: Saturday, December 10, refreshments start 6pm, auction at 7pm

Exhibit and Auction entry is FREE. Bidder registration is just $20, $10 members of Works.
“Buy it now” available throughout the exhibit for 110% of retail.

Benefit Auction artists (more previews of art being added):
Fernando “force129” Amaro Jr.
Robert Appleton
Erica Atreya
Amy Beans
Shannon Belardi
Linda Bennati
Lydia Rae Black
James A Bonacci
Steve Borelli
Kelley Bryant
Christine Bunz
Michael Buscemi
Cynthia Cao
Chris Carrillo
Valentina Carrillo
Antonio Castro
Jay Cee
D. Cichon
Sara Cole
Binh Danh
Terry Acebo Davis
Sachin Deshpande
Danielle Dufayet
Kathryn Dunlevie
Jarid Duran
Christopher Elliman
Rachel Forrest
Doug Glovaski
Bill Gould
Kevin Guerrero
Karen Haas
Reeva Harrison
Andre Hart
Marilynn Host
Gloria Huet
Deborah Kennedy
Sandra Khoury
Irena Kononova
Anna Koster
Betty Franks Krause
Charlotte Kruk
Katherine Levin-Lau
Diane Levinson
Michael Levy
Bette Linderman
Kristin Lindseth
Oleg Lobykin
Claire R. Lynch
Marwa Mabrouk
Leslie MacDonald
Yvonne Magener
Mark Martinez
Tony May
Renae McCollum
Keith Melot
Thérèsa Merchant
Julie Meridian
Joe Miller
Clayton Moraga
Angelica Muro
James Ong
Sonia Orban-Price
Gianfranco Paolozzi
Elizabeth Parashis
Ljiljana Petkovic
James Pollard
Alfred Preciado
Francisco Ramirez
George Rivera
Judy Rookstool
Michael Rosenthal
Steven Rubalcaba
Jay Ruland
Anne Ryals
Tim Ryan
Kurt Salinas
Masha Schultz
Gary Singh
Becca Smidt
Maggie So
Everett Taasevigan
Corinne O. Takara
Lynne Todaro
Janet Trenchard
Timothy Tsun
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood
Jim Vetter
Moe Whalen
Jeff Whited
Alayne Yellum
Carl Yoshihara
with collected work by:
Leslie MacDonald
Adele Mostar
David Pace
Grace Purpura
Goldmine Shithouse
Jack Toolin

Silver Ochre Live, November 19!

AC Villa and Thollem transform the mundane into the exotic in a mesmerizing sonic and visual environment.
“intense and virtuosic…” -TimeOut NY

Silver Ochre Live takes the audience into sonic and visual environments, passing between elegant lines and questionable borders, through diffused stories and striking beauty. This visual/sonic combination transforms the mundane into the exotic and reveals the familiar in the strange. Thollem and ACVilla’s collaboration reflect their decade of perpetual touring. ACVilla’s experimental videography and Thollem’s spontaneous compositions reveal the curiosity and ease with which they surf the extremes that travel inevitably presents.

Eventbrite - Silver Ochre Live: Thollem Electric/ACVilla

ACVilla has been nomadic since 2008 working as an artist’s facilitator, grant writer and photo-videographer. Her interest in, and study of, lines is evident in the ways she accentuates them, erases them and crosses them in every aspect of her life. A summer nomad since her second decade, she had become a perpetual peripatetic traveler by her fourth. After living in a log cabin in the California coastal redwood forest and helping rebuild a 100-year old adobe abode in the high desert of Northern New Mexico, she found herself receiving mail in Mexico City, Prague and Thessaloniki, among other places. She has seeded ideas and plants, penned thoughts, shaped clay and wire, and witnessed the sunsets over both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, all the while seeing and listening to Life in new and unique ways.

Thollem is a peripatetic pianist/keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, author and educator. His compositions and performances range from the sub-genres of post-classical, free jazz, noise, punk rock and ecclecticism. He has been touring perpetually throughout North America and Europe since 2006, performing solo works as well as collaborating with an array of musicians, dancers and filmmakers including ACVilla, Martha Colburn and Manucinema (Tuia Cherici). The music for Silver Ochre is inspired and influenced by the incredible array of music heard in this multi-cultural country including but not limited to: Corridos, Gamelan, Taiko, Free Jazz, Noise, Post-Classical, Arabic, Blues, Circus music and more, all filtered through the lens of an experimental piano player.

“ACVilla’s vibrant footage is expertly matched to Thollem’s strangely nuanced sonic output.” – Live Eye TV

“An intense and virtuosic keyboardist” (TimeOut NY) with “fluid keys pulverization” (Spin Magazine), Thollem possesses “an attractively extreme viewpoint” (LA Times).

http://silverochre.com/live.html

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