The (Anti) Valentine Show exhibition: February 2 through 18, 2018
opens with the South First Fridays art walk from 7–11pm artists reception: Saturday, February 3, 6–9pm
exhibit hours start 2/3: Fridays 12–6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12–4pm
closing and art pick-up party: Sunday, February 18, 4–6pm
The (Anti) Valentine Show returns with a vengeance! 140 local artists, from the most established to new and emerging, have responded to the call for art (un)inspired by romance. From anti-love, to anti-hypocricy, anti-commercialization, anti-objectivization, and more, The (Anti) Valentine Show promises to reflect the heart-felt to heart-wrenching angst of our time and place.
Ready your art for the 2017 Benefit Auction! This year the exhibition, an exciting overview of regional artists, runs a full month! Support Works and represent our community in this 40th anniversary event.
Art delivery on four days from noon to 4pm: Saturday and Sunday, October 21and 22, and Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28 Art can also be shipped to arrive at Works by Friday, October 27 Works, 365 South Market Street, San José, CA 95113
Opening Reception and start of silent bidding: 6pm to 10pm, First Friday, November 3
Exhibition hours: Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm
Auction Closing:Saturday, December 2
Party starts at 6pm and bid closing starts live at 7pm sharp!
Proceeds support exhibition, performance, education events, and more, at Works/San José, your nonprofit, all-volunteer community art and performance center.
Works celebrates 40 years of cutting-edge community art and performance with an exhibit of art from (about) 40 of the scores of artists who have helped to build and shape Works since its inception. In addition to painting, photography, sculpture, and video from these influential artists, there will be photos, announcements, and other artifacts of the six locations and four decades of art and community at, and fostered by, Works/San José.
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 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.
Closing and Art Pick-up Party with Annual Member (and Friends) Meeting, Sunday, August 20, 4-7pm Join the Member Event on Facebook! Additional art pick-up Wednesday, August 23, 4-7pm
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:
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” 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:
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.
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.
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: 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 thatmoves 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.
January Events: Discount Art Sale at each January event!
Well-REDmonthly 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.
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.
Lydia Rae Black
James A Bonacci
Terry Acebo Davis
Betty Franks Krause
Claire R. Lynch
Corinne O. Takara
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood
with collected work by: Leslie MacDonald
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.
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).
Artists who believe in Works: please support community art and performance! Works needs you as we enter our 40th anniversary year!
Art delivery: 365 South Market Street, downtown San José
three days from noon to 4pm:
Saturday, November 19, Sunday, November 20, and Saturday, November 26
Please confirm now that you will contribute by sending an email to email@example.com with your name, email address, phone number, and web page if applicable, so that we can include you in auction press releases and on this website. If you send a photo of the art you are donating we will include that in early publicity. If phone is better, you can leave a message with your information at 408.300.6405.
Your work should be ready to hang or display with any frame, glass, etc., as appropriate to your piece. As just one token of our appreciation, we offer you a free one year membership for work sold at auction. Artists may choose to donate 100% of the sale price to Works or retain up to 20%. More instructions on the CALL below!
Inimitable local enigma Andre Hart collaborates with 20 peers to explore and ultimately set aside traditional notions of authorship and individual control in art making. Each work in the exhibition is a collaboration between Andre and one other artist. Working with seasoned professionals to novice painters, our strong-willed project instigator defers to and shares line, texture, and narrative with each artistic partner. Andre has prepared an additional work where visitors can draw into a self portrait of the artist and curator to create a community collaboration over the course of the exhibition.
opening reception: First Friday, October 7, 7-10pm second chance reception: First Friday, November 4, 7-10pm exhibition: October 8 through November 13
Brittni M. Jennings
Vote Your Subconscience: the 2016 member exhibition
opening reception: First Friday, August 5 from 7pm to 10pm
exhibition: August 6 through September 11
Works’ 2016 member exhibition will be a broad survey of election-year art. From confronting political issues head-on to escaping them altogether, this non-juried exhibit is set to reveal the conscious and subconscious conscience of our artistic electorate. 75 artists who support community art and performance through Works are participating!
Artists Elvira M. Dayel, Sharon Kyle Kuhn, and Victoria Welling construct an invented, fragmented, and reassembled environment. The artists explore the balance and unavoidable conflicts between beauty and repulsion, chaos and order, and the never ending battle to resolve shifting urban realities.
Elvira Dayel explores personal interpretations of reality. New constructs become a vital part of nature, offering a resolution to our struggle to obtain balance in our built environment. Abstracted and delineated shapes depict new landscapes we might all fit into.
Sharon Kyle Kuhn turns the chaos of fragmented pieces of construction debris into orderly compositions that tightly hold together. She explores the small details of urban life that most people would describe as ‘ugly’ or often overlook as irregular pieces of industrial materials.
Victoria Welling explores relationships with nature while stimulating sensory responses with materials, texture, and composition. The result is a body of work that leads the viewer down a path toward sensory overload with a delicate yet bold dialogue between beauty and repulsion.
Inter/Action: Digital Art that Responds, a highly interactive digital and systems art exhibition, will be the first ever art exhibition presented as part of a CHI (pronounced kai) conference, the top world-wide conference for human-computer interaction. Curated by Jason Challas and Ernest Edmonds, the exhibit combines 23 international and local artists. Inter/Action is presented in collaboration with ACM SIGCHI CHI2016.
Opening night preview: Friday, May 6, 7-10pm
Open to the public during special CHI conference hours:
Artists Lordy Rodriguez, Jack Toolin,Wanda Waldera, and site-specific installation by Neila Mezynski, explore borders from a macro to micro perspective—mapping imaginary terrains, contrasting landscapes, and evoking individual isolation. The exhibition also includes images and animations from NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.
Badlands is presented by Works as part of the Border Cantos program of exhibitions with San José Museum of Art.
documentary on the restoration of “A Trip to the Moon” followed by a brief tour of the exhibition with artists Dolores Zorreguieta and Genevieve Quick. All admission free!
Artists Frank Aguilar, Deborah Edmeades, Genevieve Quick, and Dolores Zorreguieta present a dystopian view in their search for new century survival tactics. Issues dear to science fiction and folk tales: the paranormal, the esoteric, and the futuristic are recognized in work depicting monstrosity, metamorphosis, and epic journeys to alien worlds.
An open community exhibition in which artists were invited to comment on the sport and the season. Fifty area artists responded with work that honors or lampoons either and both. Join us as we somewhat irreverently open Super Bowl weekend next door to the Carolina Panthers as well as NFL and NFC operations.
Opening Reception: First Friday, February 5, 6pm–10pm
On opening night and Saturday, visit our photo booth at Winter MRKT street fair on South First Street to have your helmeted portrait added to a video installation at the gallery!
Open CALL to artists: Works/San José will host a community exhibition opening First Friday February 5 (Superbowl weekend). Our location—next door to where the NFC team will be staying and their operations will be held—seems a good excuse to ask artists to comment on sport and the season! What would you like to show and express to droves of fans on Superbowl weekend?
No Fees. One piece per person. Exhibition runs through February 21. Your work may be for sale if you wish. Work must be completely ready to hang/display. We are not restricting size but the space is limited and we expect about 80 artists based on previous calls. We expect many thousands of fans in the area on opening night and throughout that weekend. There are no restrictions on the point of view work might have. Works will also be participating in the SoFA/NFL street fair on South First Street.
118 works of art have been donated by regional artists to Works’ 2015 Benefit Auction. Now it’s your turn to support community art and performance by bidding in the region’s most accessible and eclectic art auction!
opening night: First Friday, December 4, 6pm to 10pm
exhibition: open every day 2pm to 6pm December 5 through 12
Auction night: Saturday, December 12, 6pm party, 7pm live auction!
Opening night, exhibition, and Auction attendance is free, bidder registration is only $20, $10 members of Works.
An exhibition of artistic responses at the intersections of free speech, personal liberty, and national identity. Curators James Morgan and Dorothy Santos explore the art and technology of guns with an objective focus to provide a much needed dialogue around an object rife with cultural, social, and political meaning.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 7-10pm with First Friday art walk
Public Discussion with the curators, 7pm Friday, October 23
An open dialogue facilitated by Lisa D. Walker. Admission free.
Caprichos Anatomicos is about artists depicting obsession through abstraction: mania, fascination, fixation, passion, and preoccupation. Through abstraction, the artist is reducing focus—focusing on one obsession—a word, an image, a gesture. Abstraction becomes the complexity: erasing what we don’t need, we will find what we want. Curated by Angelica Muro and Juan Luna-Avin.
Opening Reception: with South First Fridays art walk
reception: First Friday, August 7 from 7pm to 10pm
The annual salon of art from members of Works is a startlingly inclusive overview of regional artists, from the most experienced and accomplished to emerging artists you might discover for the first time. Over the Top recognizes individual artists who choose to support community art and performance through Works.
member party and art pickup: Sunday, August 16 from noon to 2pm, lunch closing party with annual briefing
You are invited to participate in the 2015 members’ exhibition entitled Over the Topat Works/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 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! Please include instructions for any special display needs. You can also provide a resume and artist statement, and 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.
art delivery: 2pm to 6pm on:
Sunday, July 12; Friday, July 17; or Saturday, July 18
365 South Market Street (Market Street edge of SJ Convention Center building, downtown San José)
exhibition: July 23 through August 15
reception: First Friday, August 7 from 7pm to 10pm
member party and art pickup: Sunday, August 16 from noon to 2pm, lunch closing party with annual briefing
additional pick-up day: Tuesday, August 18, from 4pm to 7pm
Volunteers are needed for gallery hours and installation—please sign up to help when you deliver your work!
If you are not already a member join or renew now to take part! Basic membership is just $35 per year, with discounted student or senior membership at $25. For greater rewards and acknowledgement, please support works at $100 or above. Artists who donated work to our 2014 Benefit Auction also received 1 year memberships.
walkthrough and talk with curator and artist Ed Kirshner: 6pm
reception: 7 to 10pm
Works/San José in collaboration with Glass Art Society (GAS) present an exhibition of sculptures that incorporate light sources including neon, plasma, LED, incandescent, and laser, to illuminate and manipulate the intrinsic qualities of glass and related media. Curated by Ed Kirshner and Melinda Moody, the exhibit includes 23 artists who explore formal to fanciful intersections of art, glass, and light technologies paralleling the 2015 GAS Conference theme “Interface: Glass, Art, and Technology.”
Works will be open during the conference and SubZERO Festival:
Saturday, June 6, 11am to 10pm
Sunday, June 7, 11am to 3pm.
Regular hours return June 11 through 20:
Thursday, noon to 4pm; Friday, noon to 6pm; Saturday, noon to 4pm
22 local artists draw inspiration from nature, distilling forms from the landscape to reorient themselves within the natural world. Although our species undeniably forms a part of a larger ecosystem, our relationship to this ecosystem grows ever more convoluted, as our constructed environments become considered an extension of nature itself.
Beginning in 2012, more than half the world’s population resided in cities. The romantic notion of unspoiled wilderness as a place of refuge and rejuvenation persists to this day. Yet our interpretations of landscape are inherently informed by our interpretations of urbanity; the boundaries between nature and man-made are confounded.
The Ethics of Imagery with Angelica Muro and Joe Miller
Angelica Muro, Professor of art and media culture at CSU Monterey Bay, and Joe Miller, Lecturer in design and instructor of art and design ethics and professional practices at San José State University, define and discuss the ethics of imagery with a range of visual examples. Audience interaction will be encouraged.
Exhibition closing and art pick-up party follows until 7pm.
$2 donation, free for Works members and exhibit artists.
Exhibition continues with new digital submissions from around the world: Qatar to Chicago, Hyderabad to Portland.
Local to international work in response to the murder of artists by terrorists in Paris, global attacks on freedom of expression, and the environment that fosters or fights aspects of these issues. The attacks and ensuing calls from many in reaction, including world leaders, for artists not to create provocative work on religion or other subjects that might offend—have spurred a wide range of responses from creative individuals and communities.
Works invited artists, cartoonists, designers, poets, etc., to submit work that responds to any aspect or point of view on these subjects: Do images incite hate and violence? Can images counter hate and violence? What should be the response of creative people to attacks on individuals or on freedom of expression itself? Are there other questions that should be posed?
Exhibition runs March 5 to April 11.
Digital image submissions will be accepted throughout the exhibit for projection:
Recent events—including the murder of artists by terrorists in Paris, and the calls from many in reaction, including from some world leaders, for artists not to create provocative work on religion or other subjects that might offend—have spurred a wide range of responses from creative individuals and communities.
Works invites artists, cartoonists, designers, poets, etc., to submit work that responds to any aspect or point of view on these subjects: Do images incite hate and violence? Can images counter hate and violence? What should be the response of creative people to attacks on individuals or on freedom of expression itself? Are there other questions that should be posed?
Open to all media, concrete to abstract statements, and local to international creators. No fees or membership required.
Drop-off days, all 2pm to 6pm:
Sunday, February 22
Friday, February 27
Saturday, February 28
If mailing or shipping, please make sure all items arrive by Friday, February 27.
Emailing work: Works will also print out poems, drawings, etc., submitted as letter or tabloid (8.5×11 or 11×17) PDFs emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, February 28.
Exhibition opens First Friday March 6 at 7pm and will be on view through March 21.
Alexanna Alvarado, Karen Haas, and Alayne Yellum explore ways in which psychological and social relationships affect how individuals conduct themselves in public. This exhibition is the result of three San José artists having chosen to explore this issue in different media—photography and text, watercolor on paper, and oil paintings.
opening reception: First Friday, October 3, 7 to 11pm coinciding with South First Fridays art walk.
November First Friday: November 7, 7 to 11pm coinciding with the South First Fridays art walk to a range of SoFA art spaces.
Opening Reception: First Friday, September 5, 7pm-11pm
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. Fifty artists are participating this year—see what’s happening and what is on the horizon from our area’s expansive community of artists and ideas!
Continues through September 20.
Visit Works’ booth at South First Street MRKT to have your photo taken for the exhibition title wall! all FREE!
You are invited to participate in the 2014 members’ exhibition at Works/San Jose! The exhibition, entitled A Crack in the Earth, will open with a reception on First Friday, September 5, from 7pm to 10pm. If you are not YET a member of Works, you can become one (or renew) when you bring in your piece. A Crack in the Earth will be non-juried and can be interpreted as you think appropriate.
Each member of Works is invited to place one work of art into the exhibition, your piece must be ready-to-hang (with any needed frame, wire, etc). 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 as space is tight. Please also provide a resume and artist statement. Your work may be for sale if you wish.
DROP OFF DAYS: Sunday, August 24, and Saturday, August 30, from noon to 4pm.
BRING WORK TO: 365 South Market Street (Market Street edge of SJ Convention Center building, just to the right of the parking garage entrance)
Closing and art pick-up party: A member-only (and any guests you like) brunch closing party with annual membership updates will be on Sunday, September 21 from 11am to 1pm. Work will be available for pick-up at the closing party, and on Tuesday, September 23, from 5 to 7pm if you can’t attend the party.
Volunteers are needed for installation and gallery sitting—you can sign up to help when you deliver your work!
Opening Reception on Friday, August 1, from 7–11pm
The utilitarian t-shirt has long been a canvas for expression, identification, and promotion. Flesh Frosting, conceived by interdisciplinary artist Shaun Benak, seeks to bring together individuals of the diverse and sometimes divergent community of t-shirt artists and designers: skate/surf, hiphop/rap, indie, hipster, sci-fi, street art, etc., for an inclusive survey of contemporary printed t-shirts.
jurors: Shaun Benak, Bart Clanton, Tulio Flores, and Kimy Martinez.
prize and promotional sponsors: Cali Glob Mob Clothing, Gift 2 Gab, Go Der Magazine, Puff n’ Stuff, Streetlow Magazine, Supertech Geek, Tabletop Farms, and We Buy Gift Cards.
Also during this exhibition:
sunday, august 10, 3pm
free beginners tango class with bobby advani
flash fiction forum
wednesday, august 13, 7pm
$2 donation, no one turned away. find out more and submit your stories at: flashfictionforum.com
words drawing music
thursday, august 14, 7 to 9pm
free night of open participation, from art making to open mic for music, poetry, etc. share your talents!
well-RED poetry reading
wednesday, august 20, 7pm
$2 donation, no one turned away. featured readers with open mic, visit pcsj.org for details
new music night
saturday, august 23, 7pm
free all-ages evening with local musicians and pick-up party for flesh frosting artists.
Seventeen SJSU advanced graphic design students developed 5 dramatic rebrand concepts for public transportation in Silicon Valley. See the design process through to comple and detailed proposals of these renamed and reimagined systems. This exhibition is presented as part of SF Design Week in collaboration with AIGA SF, the professional organization for design.
Design in Transit designers are Kendra Biggs, Brandon Boswell, Jordan Brady, Glenn Cardenas, Hoyin Chan, Kayla Clarot, Maya Ealey, Cindy Fu, Stefanie Galvan, Donghoh Han, Jonathan Heath, Michael Mirchandani, Tommy Pham, Rachel Poage, Kelsey Sutherland, Eloisa Tan, and Marya Yama.
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.
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com
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.
“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- http://www.gofundme.com/75lkyc?preview=1
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.
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: www.flashfictionforum.com. $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.
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.
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.