Archive for April 2009

Join us for South First Friday, May 1st from 7pm-late!

WORKS/San José is proud to invite you to the South First Friday Gallery Crawl. Come celebrate with the artists, poets and curators of the Beast Figurative exhibition. The weather is beautiful, the crowd is lively and the energy is amazing! Two local acoustic musicians will accompany the evening.

WHERE: 451 South First Street, San Jose, 95113
WHEN: Friday May 1st, 2009 from 7pm-late!
WHAT: Free gallery crawl with live music, food and drinks (for donations)!

Come! Enjoy a glass of wine or sparkling water! Support your local arts community!

POETRY JAM at WORKS/San José, Thank you poets!


The poetry Jam at WORKS/San José was a complete success! Thank you to all the poets and attendees. We appreciate your support of WORKS and look forward to another event very soon! A special thanks to Chris Arcus for organizing such a great night!


Join us at WORKS/San José for a Poetry Jam featuring eight bay area poets on Wednesday April 29th, 2009, 7-9pm! The poetry will take place in the midst of the Beast Figurative Exhibition. Come! Bring a friend! Meet artists and poets! Free event for all!


BEAST FIGURATIVE–Opening APRIL 3, 2009, 7pm-late!

beastfigurative_exhibitionWorks/San José community and art and performance center presents:

Beast Figurative
An exhibition featuring a multitude of media from nine artists:

Rebecca Bauen, Mike Buscemi, Christopher Elliman, John Kurtyka, David Larimore, Francesca Lovecchio, Elizabeth Parashis, Carlos Perez, and Al Preciado

April 3 to May 9, 2009
Opening Reception, First Friday April 3, 7 to 9pm
Artists will also be in attendance on First Friday May 1, 7 to 9pm

451 South 1st Street, San José, CA 95113

Beast Figurative is a show where artists will explore the animal element inside the figurative form: how the wild of the animal is inherent in our humanity, how it influences our lifestyle, how it is reflected in sports, politics, gender, religion, and mythology, and how we as working artists use this animal instinct and intuition to inform and visualize our emotional, psychological, and physical states.

The human figure is what ties this diverse group of artists together, but it is also the human condition, which will be portrayed in overt, sublime, and even abstract renditions.

In the context of this exhibition, “Beast” refers to that unfettered rage, heartbreak, sadness, joy, melancholy, and the powerful core that resides in each of us. It is the unbridled, unannounced, and intense creative inspiration that drives, fuels, and pushes our art to a creative zenith. Every artistic soul is a frozen sea—the beast resides beneath the surface.