Nerve | Path video installation opens June 7

Nerve | Path : Deconstructing Juncture

Video installation artists Shaun Benak and Sieglinde Van Damme employ large scale projection to investigate the visualization of thought, emotion, and voice. Both artists use line as a tool to visually map, recount, and unravel stories of past experience and internal forces.

opening reception: First Friday June 7, 7 to 10pm
on view through June 29


during this exhibition:

Words Drawing Music
Thursday, June 13, 7 to 9pm
A free evening of open creative participation, with sidewalk painting, drumming with john kurtyka, and your talents too. admission free.

Well-RED poetry reading
Wednesday, June 19, 7pm, doors open 6:30
with poets: Renee Schell, Ken Weisner, Kevin Shlosberg, and, Jasper Haze
presented in collaboration with Poetry Center San José
$2 donation, no one turned away

poets this week!: Kevin Coval Monday, Henry Leung Wednesday

Kevin Coval, Chicago slam poet
Monday, May 13, 7pm


presented in collaboration with Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley
doors open 6:30pm, $5 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Kevin Coval, nationally acclaimed slam poet from Chicago, has toured extensively and appeared on national TV, including HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Author of American Library Association Book-of-the-Year finalist Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica. His latest book, Schtick, is a tale of Jewish assimilation and its discontents: a sweeping exposition on Jewish American culture in all its bawdy, contradictory, inventive glory.

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Well-RED with feature Henry Leung
Wednesday, May 15, 7pm


presented in collaboration with Poetry Center San José
doors open 6:30pm, $2 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Henry Leung will read from his new book Paradise Hunger. Open mic follows.

Up during these events and on view through May 25:
Pencils to Pixels: Art and Science for the Screen
Amazing experimental animation projects from 70 emerging artists from SJSU.

Pencils to Pixels on view through May 25

Pencils to Pixels: Art and Science for the Screen

opening reception: First Friday May 3, 7 to 10pm
exhibition on view: May 3 through May 25, 2013
Thursdays 12-4, Fridays 12-6, Saturdays 12-4

Experimental animation projects from 70 emerging artists. Producing art for the screen demands both technical and creative proficiency. From Pencils to Pixels is the product of this dynamic union. Included is preliminary work for film, games, and television, as well as an e-book project sponsored by Adobe, and a trailer for a newly released novel by Isabel Allende.

From Pencils to Pixels is planned and realized by BFA Animation/Illustration students and faculty from San José State University

Cody Gramstad

Cody Gramstad

next at Works: Nerve | Path : Deconstructing Juncture
multimedia installation by Sieglinde Van Damme and Shaun Benak
opens First Friday June 7, 7 to 10pm

Annual Benefit Auction exhibition opens First Friday August 2
Auction on Saturday, August 17—mark your calendar!

Residues of Time on view through April 20

Residues of Time

New photographic work by:
Nin Filip
Chrysta Giffen
Jay Ruland
Thomas Sanders
John Stewart

On view: April 5 through 20,  2013

Reception and South First Friday art walk: Friday, April 5, 7 to 10pm

Well-RED series returns with poet Persis Karim

Well-RED reading series returns!
presented in collaboration with Poetry Center San José
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 7:00pm
Featured poet: Persis Karim

at Works/San José
365 South Market Street
in downtown San José
doors open 6:30pm
$2 suggested donation

PERSIS KARIM‘S poetry has been published in a number of national and local publications including Reed Magazine, Caesura, HeartLodge, and The Pedestal and short She is co-editor of the forthcoming, Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers (University of Arkansas Press, 2013) and editor and contributing poet to Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora (2006). She is currently working on a collection of poems titled, “Resilience.” She teaches literature and creative writing at San Jose State University.

Beyond Gaga on view through March 9

Beyond Gaga

February 1 through March 9
Opening Reception: First Friday, February 1, 7 to 10pm
additional South First Fridays art walk and reception: Friday, March 1, 7 to 10pm

with performance by Carrie Ohm at 8pm

Artists Talks:
Wednesday, February 20, 7pm with Darrell Phelps and Al Honig
Thursday, February 28, 7:30pm with Eileen Fitz-Faulkner and Diana Mihalakis
Saturday, March 2, 1pm with Pamela Blotner and Yong Han

Named for the spectacularly outrageous performer, Beyond Gaga is a juried exhibition of fun, sexy, provocative, and deliberately unsettling sculpture and installation art. The call to artists, from curator Lynne Todaro, was to be shocking, awesome, sublime, and outrageous—to push their imaginations to the edge and beyond. The results include bronze bacon, cloth crab claws, and interactive masculine fantasies, among many other sculptural adventures.

Presented in collaboration with The Pacific Rim Sculptors Group. Juried by DeWitt Cheng and Lauren Baines.

participating artists:
Pamela Blotner, Sarah Burdick, Arthur Comings, Kathy de Rosas, Rene Dayan-Whitehead, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Yong Han, Peter Hiers, Maru Hoeber, Al Honig, John Hughes, Eric Jacobson, Hope Kusy, Magels Landet, Bette Linderman, Jiajun Lu, Karin Lusnak, Alison J. McLennan, Diana Mihalakis, Jann Nunn, Carrie Ohm, Jeff Owen, Rosy Penhallow, Darrell Phelps, Virginia Stearns, Charles Stinson, Lynne Todaro, Ama Torrance, Patricia Vader, Stuart Wagner, Corinne Whitaker

Opening Friday January 4: Phil Tiger Art Marine

Phil Tiger Art Marine
A memorial exhibition with original works by Phil Tiger; and work with and about Phil by Ben Alexy, Tom Chargin, and John Riley.

January 4 through 19, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, January 4, 6pm to 8pm; Memorial: 8pm

Phil Tiger’s life embodied the true meaning of the surreal. He enjoyed the nature of the absurd and its inherent playfulness. Never shying away from any situation, and emboldened by his stark confidence, Phil entered a world others would scarcely glimpse.

Curated by Jan Bernstein Chargin, Tom Chargin, and John Riley

MAKE SHIFT, BFA graphic design exhibition on view through December 14

San Jose State University, Department of Design, Graphic Design Program BFA Exhibition 2012

Opening Reception: First Friday, December 7, 6–10pm

special hours for this exhibition: December 7 through 14, 12–9pm
Design Professional Nights: December 12 & 13, 6–9pm

“Graphic design is an experience that seeks to influence audiences through visual communication. It accomplishes this by utilizing the creative process to fuse form and content. We will create an exhibition that engages audiences by challenging their preconceptions of graphic design, leaving them with a broader knowledge of its impact.”

MAKE SHIFT is about discovery through process, and growth through change. As designers, we are constantly searching for innovative ways to tackle on challenges we encounter, striving to create something better than the preexisting. It is not until we step out of our comfort zone, learn from the mistakes we make along the way, and explore options do we actually begin to shift our thinking.

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Optimism, Pessimism, Nihilism, Works!

the 2012 Works member exhibition open through November 17

More than 50 artists have come together to help Works celebrate 35 years of surviving and thriving in San José with the non-juried member exhibition Optimism, Pessimism, Nihilism, Works! Ranging from the most established area artists to the newest of newcomers, this exhibition displays the intense range of our art community.

Opening Reception: First Friday, November 2, 7pm to 10pm
on view through November 17

Closing party for members and friends of Works:
Saturday, November 17, 6 to 8pm, please RSVP to attend!

Come to the Closing Party and Annual Members and Friends Gathering for an update on Works after 35 years, preview exhibitions ahead, enjoy refreshments, and get a look at our newly installed lighting system—that your support helped to build! Artists are encouraged to pick up work from the member exhibit at the party. Please RSVP to above or email to attend.


CALL FOR ART: the member exhibition!

YOU are the NEXT exhibition!

EVERYONE (become a member if you are not already!) is invited to participate in the 2012 members’ exhibition at Works/San José, your community art and performance center. The exhibition, entitled Optimism, Pessimism, Nihilism, Works!, will open on First Friday, November 2 from 7pm to 10pm. The exhibition runs November 2 through 17, 2012. Each member of Works is invited to place one work of art into the exhibition, your single piece must be ready-to-hang (framed/mounted with all hanging hardware). We must limit wall pieces to 24 inches in width by 24 inches in height; and sculptural pieces to 24 inches in width and depth—space is tight, so please consider a smaller work. Include instructions for suspensions or any other special display requests. please also provide a resume and artist statement.

All work must be hand-delivered to 365 South Market Street (Market Street edge of SJ Convention Center building) on Sunday, October 21, or Saturday, October 27, from noon to 4pm. The exhibition entry form and exhibition agreement can be completed when you deliver your work or can be downloaded below to fill out and bring with you.

Volunteers are needed for installation and gallery sitting—please sign up to help when you deliver your work!