Working Parts: SJSU Animation/Illustration through May 24

Working Parts:
SJSU Animation/Illustration BFA 2014

Opening Reception: First Friday, May 2, 7pm-11pm

Presenting speculative animation and conceptual art from 57 up and coming artists who were challenged with the task of bringing eight collaborative projects to life. Featured is the preliminary work and production art for three video games done in conjunction with University of California, Santa Cruz’s M.S. Games and Playable Media program, and five short films sponsored by Adobe’s Imagination Labs reflecting on possible social and technological aspects of mankind’s future. Working Parts highlights the artists’ combined efforts as well as their individual artworks created for various film, game, and television prompts.

As always, opening night at Works is part of South First Fridays Art Walk. Working Parts continues through May 24.

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Shelter on view through April 25


Opening Reception: First Friday, April 4, 7pm-11pm

Twenty South Bay artists explore their views of shelter in a wide range of medium and installations. Curated by Alfred Preciado, the work takes a worldly yet often sublime view of the very universal concept of shelter, making political, cultural, issue oriented, poster-like, text, video, and other statements.

As always, the opening is part of South First Fridays Art Walk. Shelter continues through April 25 with special hours open throughout Silicon Valley Contemporary art fair hours.

Also during Shelter:
Words Drawing Music
Thursday, April 10, 7 to 9pm
A no-mistakes night of open creativity. drawing supplies provided or bring your own. Open mic provided for readers, musicians, etc. Free!

Well-RED Reading Series
Wednesday, April 16, 7pm (doors open 6:30pm)
Amy MacLennan and Kim Escamilla
$2 donation, no one turned away

Sexpartite In Nuance: bodypainting performances through March 22


Sexpartite In Nuance
a fine art bodypaint and installation mashup between Trina Merry and Theresa Because

with human canvases, video team, and installation crews

Friday, March 7, 7-10pm
Opening Reception
Join us for first Friday art walk and experience bodypaint first hand! Wear clothes you don’t care about and come play messy twister with us and a life-sized, anatomically correct operation board all involving bodypaint! Also see a special bodypaint performance where our art alive galleries will become a giant skull and create an infinity sign out of painted umbrellas all to the sultry tunes of Tom Waits!
Free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 8, 12-6pm
Trina and Theresa mash up to create a black and white living installation where two models will be camoflauged into the installation. This will definitely make you look twice and is a fun energetic work to see created live.
Free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 9, 2-5pm
Bodypaint workshop
Special exhibition reduced rate $75

Try out bodypaint yourself! We will be doing a step-by-step workshop where Trina will guide you from start to finish to create your very own bodypainting. Make sure to bring your cameras—this will be a fun memory to capture. Materials provided. Bring your own model. (if you are stumped on where to get models, try your significant other, Facebook, model mayhem or hire one of our experienced art alive gallery models for $100). Sign up by emailing

Friday, March 14, 12-8pm
In this light, delicate re-interpretation of a living sculpture, Trina and Theresa combine bodypaint and paper cutouts to create a beautiful, highly detailed piece that will enchant you and leave you staring. Live opera with Giovanna Saldana from 7 to 8pm.
Free and open to the public

Saturday, March 15, 8am-10pm
Explore your inner self: witness a human sculpture coming to life as Trina creates a temple out of human bodies and come participate with Theresa as she makes a mandala live.
Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 20, 6-9pm
Performance art workshop
Special exhibition reduced rate $10

Come train alongside our awesome art alive gallery models and try out performance art for yourself. This is a great way to meet and connect with the art alive gallery team on a meaningful level.
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Friday, March 21, 12-6pm
“Reflections” today we explore the concept of reflections. How do we see ourselves in others? How do we reflect our environments? How are we connected and reflected? Come see our beautiful living installation and performance art that delves deeper into the psyche. Enjoy a special collaboration with Santa Clara County Poet Laureate David Perez.
Free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 22
8am-6pm live painting, 7-10pm closing reception
“Objectified” Our role as humans living in an urban lifestyle seems to be following the trends of our peers, our community, and the media we are fed. Is this our job? We do have choices, right? Do the living spaces that surround us own us or do we own them? Our Objectified series poses these questions and allows viewers to come up with answers by creating a conversation within the self. What is all this stuff in my living space and why do I choose these material items? There seems to be a sort of cohesive relationship built between animate and inanimate objects in the home. We want to entice you to explore four powerful examples of common living spaces that will come alive through human models fashioned with body paint.

Come see the RV—first time exhibited in the Bay Area. And a brand new room created just for this special exhibitions closing reception. Enjoy a special tasting of themed foods inspired by the installations (suggested donation of $8 for the tasting, entry is free)
Free and open to the public.

Donate towards the cost of this extraordinary series:
If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation towards funding this exhibition and get your name on the exhibit on wall and in our video credits, please visit-

Membership offer:
All people who join as new members of Works/San José during the month of March will receive a special signed 5”x7″ print from the “Objectified” series.

To learn more about Trina Merry:
To learn more about Theresa Because:

The (Anti)Valentine Show opens First Friday

The (Anti)Valentine Show returns with a wide range of artists (un)inspired by romance!

…from just a little less than love to all-out war; from the painfully real to outrageous fantasy…
Enjoy the sentiments of 55 regional artists, and perhaps even purchase a work of art for that special (anti)valentine!
opening reception:
First Friday, February 7, 7 to 11pm
on view:
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays through February 22
closing party and art pick-up:
Saturday, February 22, 4 to 6pm
A final viewing chance where buyers and artists can claim their art.

Happy 2014 from Works!

Member Exhibition Closing Party and annual meeting
Friday, January 3, 7 to 9pm

A special gathering for members and friends of Works who would like to know more about the organization. There will be snacks, friends, fun, as well a a brief overview of where Works stands and what’s up for the year ahead. Bring your thoughts and questions. Artists in “Eat, Drink, Be Merry!” can pick up their work as well. Admission Free.

Flash Fiction Forum
Wednesday, January 8, 7pm

The Flash Fiction Forum features selected flash fiction writers whose work is chosen for reading aloud on the second Wednesday of every other month at Works/San José. Writers may submit work for consideration for future readings through the website: $2 donation requested, no one turned away.

Words Drawing Music
Thursday, January 9, 7 to 9pm

A fun, friendly environment where artists and others can enjoy inspirational poetry and music while exploring artistic creativity. we provide paper and drawing materials or feel free to bring your own (no paints please). An open mic is open to all! We invite all artists, poets, musicians, comedians, etc. Show your talents at Works! Admission Free.

Wednesday, January 15, 7pm

The poetry reading series collaboration with Poetry Center San José continues. $2 donation requested, no one turned away.

February exhibition OPEN CALL:
The Anti-Valentine Show

The Anti-Valentine Show returns with a wide range of artists (un)inspired by romance!
Exhibition open First Friday, February 7, 7 to 11pm
Art drop off dates:
Saturday and Sunday January 25 and 26, 2pm to 5pm
ALL artists invited but must be a work within the theme–more artist instructions to come.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry opens First Friday, December 6

Eat, Drink, Be Merry!

the 2013 Works members’ exhibition

opening reception: First Friday, December 6 from 7 to 11pm
on view through December 21, 2013

The annual salon of artist members of Works/San José is a broad survey of regional artists, from the most exhibited to those showing for the first time. See what’s happening and what is on the horizon in our expansive community of artists and ideas. Eat, Drink, Be Merry coincides with “Around the Table” exhibitions and events.

installation in progress: Works opens November 1 with Outside Inside Out

Outside Inside Out

opening: First Friday, November 1, 2013, 7 to 11pm
during the South First Fridays art walk

Force129 and Niftyvee create a site specific installation with recent mixed media artwork that demonstrates the convergence, clash, and collaborative influences between contemporary and street art in and around their domestic environment.

On view through November 23.

during this exhibition:

Well-RED Reading Series
Wednesday, November 13, 7pm
doors open 6:30pm , $2 suggested donation, no one turned away
presented in collaboration with Poetry Center San José

Words Drawing Music
Thursday, november 14, 7 to 9pm
A fun, friendly environment where artists and others can enjoy inspirational poetry and music while exploring artistic creativity. we provide paper and drawing materials or feel free to bring your own (no paints please). An open mic is open to all! We invite all artists, poets, musicians, comedians, etc. Show your talents at Works! Admission Free.

also mark your calendar for Well-RED on Wednesday December 11, 2013, 7pm


Music, Poetry, and Creative Events at Works:

Haptic Synapses

Haptic Synapses
Saturday, September 28, 8:30pm
$5 general; Free for Works members and C2SV attendees
presented as part of the C2SV Music festival

Join the event on Facebook!

Haptic Synapses is a group of electronic musicians and artists based in the heart of Silicon Valley who join together to improvise long sets of music and visuals. Preparation is minimal, so what you see and hear is a realtime expression of their collective aesthetic. HS’ style bridges between techno and house, with elements of swing, abstract polyrhythms, generative algorithms, and patterns. HS are musicians, engineers, builders, makers, technicians who interpret the heartbeat of Silicon Valley.

Well-RED Reading Series
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 7:00pm, doors open 6:30
Featured poets: John Espinoza, Kirk Glazer
$2 suggested donation, no one turned away
presented in collaboration with Poetry Center San José

Flash Fiction Forum
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 7:00pm
The Flash Fiction Forum is a San Jose Event featuring selected flash fiction writers whose work is chosen for reading aloud at Works/San José. Generally, we convene every other month, the second Wednesday from 7 to 9pm. You can get more information and submit work through the website:


Words Drawing Music
Thursday, October 10, 7 to 9pm
A fun, friendly environment where artists and others can enjoy inspirational poetry and music while exploring artistic creativity. we provide paper and drawing materials or feel free to bring your own (no paints please). An open mic is open to all! We invite all artists, poets, musicians, comedians, etc. Show your talents at Works! Admission Free.

Those Who Bear Witness on view through October 12

Those Who Bear Witness

opening reception: Friday, September 6, 7 to 10pm
exhibition: September 6 through October 12, 2013
October First Friday Artwalk: Friday, October 4, 7 to 11pm

Each individual is gifted with a life that bears witness. Our lives, an archive of personal and collective memory, serve as a testimony to historic and current events. Exhibition curated by artist and sculptor Guy Pederson.

Guy Pederson
Haunting figurative sculptures that appear to interact with visitors and with each other.

Elisabeth Benjamin
Photographic details and landscapes that provide a context and environment for the sculptural forms.

Daniel Merchant
A large photographic triptych which includes a representation of the Berlin memorial to the Holocaust.

John Merchant:
An interactive conceptual “Tree of Life” where visitors are invited to bear witness.

At the Opening Reception: Wendy Cilman, cellist
Wendy Cilman is a cellist and an arts administrator. She teaches in her home in Oakland and in schools throughout the Bay Area. She has been called “An Ambassador of Cello” and loves sharing her passion for this beautiful instrument. In 2009 she created the Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival (BAYOF) which has raised over $80,000 for homeless youth and received critical acclaim. BAYOF is presented bi-annually by San Francisco Symphony.

Works’ Benefit Auction is August 17!

Make a bid for community art and performance!

exhibition: August 2 through 17
reception: First Friday August 2 from 6pm to 10pm
auction: Saturday, August 17 with final preview starting at 5pm and auction at 7pm

The artists have donated, now it’s your turn to bid in the South Bay’s most eclectic and accessible art auction! All proceeds support exhibition, performance, and education programs at Works/San José, your nonprofit, all volunteer, community art and performance center. Proxy bidding available. Auction admission is free, bidder registration is only $20, $10 members of Works.

Preview Auction art on flickr!

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an amazing array of art by:

Erica Atreya
Tracey Baca
Anthony Barbaria
Brande Barrett
Kat Bell
Helen Bellavor
Elisabeth Benjamin
Laura Callin Bennett
Lydia Rae Black
James A. Bonacci
William Bryant
Cathy Cambiano
Christopher Canote
Diane Cassidy
Antonio Castro
Manli Chao
D. Cichon
John Cloud
Leeonna Colter
Steve Cooley
Jesse Cupp
Binh Danh
Joseph Delappe
Kelly Detweiler
Kathryn Dunlevie
Syd Dunton
Helene Ehrlich
Christopher Elliman
Carolann Espino
Fernando/ force 129
Tulio Flores
Mary Anne Gerhardt
Lucy Ghelfi
Monica Gonzalez
Yolanda Guerra
Erin Goodwin-Guerrero
Andre Hart
Maia Jacobson
Ed John
Charlotte Kruk
John Kurtyka
Leslie Lambert
Oscar Lars
Katherine Levin-Lau
Bette Linderman
Kent Manske
Michael Martin
Kimy Martinez
Mark Martinez
Ken Matsumoto
Therese May
Tony May
Cody McCabe
Jason McHenry
Keith Melot
John Merchant
Joe Miller
Jesse N. Molina
Clayton Moraga
Lourdes Morante-Mieses
James Morgan
Angelica Muro
Terayuth Ngamvilaipun
Ron Orpitelli
Gianfranco Paolozzi
Guy Pederson
Anabella Piñon
James H. Pollard
Carmela Rizzuto
Carlos Rodriguez
Joe Bastida Rodriguez
Steven Rubalcaba
Ruby Rutledge
Aimeé Santos
Joe Saxe
Gaye Schye
Danielle Siembieda
Lisa Simons
Gary Singh
Jean Skamra
Maggie So
Shana Sundstrom
Lynne Todaro
Gary Tolomei
Timothy Tsun
Sieglinde Van Damme
Ana Villafane
Mireya Villanueva
Wanda Waldera
Michelle Waters
Nanette Wylde
Alayne Yellum
Ian Young