So thankful to have friends who not only come out for my shows but take great pictures too! This series was shot by artist Dotti Cichon at last Monday’s artist talk for Fade at Vargas Gallery…the reception is this Wednesday from 4-7 pm and parking will be free if you use lot D!
OK – it’s been over a week now and I really should have had this post up long ago but I’ve been suffering from an art hangover like you wouldn’t believe (unless of course, you were at the party)!
In fact, this is what the inside of my brain looks like now – a cacophony of pattern, lights and color like this giant kaleidoscope by Ned Greene!
Or this detail from Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian’s gouache Die Gesteze der Stukturen!
And here are the synapses of my grey matter firing in pops of dreamy florasl and dandelion puffs of exploding fractals seen here in Carrie Lederer’s Clear Night!
The computer of my mind is overloaded and is threatening to crash (detail from Karen Gutfruend’s CTRT ALT DEL)!
And my dreams are haunted by a blind white rabbit, thank you Tulio Flores and Asiel Design….so here we go – one more trip down the rabbit hole before I move on!
First of all I’d like to thank everyone who made it out to see my Florilegia and shared with me their response to the work – this input is simply invaluable to an artist and means do much! Thank you , thank you , thank you!
And then there were the visitors who seemed like they were exertions of my paintings!
And then there were my art crushes…..like this discarded cigarette packaging piece by Robert Larson. He was able to take something dirty and disgusting and transform it into something sublime! I smelled it too - not a hint of nicotine or anything else. Pure alcmemy!
I also adored this woman’s torso fashioned from safety pins, Lacey by Bob Marzewski, like little stars or snowflakes tenuously welded together.
Lorraine Lawson’s missed media paintings, Bob Marzeweski’s torsos and Tessie Barrera-Scharaga’s Matrix of Chaos, an installation piece of multiple images of the Virgin and kneeling benches.
So easy to get lost wandering through the maze of galleries – at least if you’re doing it right.
Kristin Lindseth’s prints.
Gianfranco Paolozzi’s Journal, enamel, robber paint, glue on recycled role of paper.
Will Marino’s Paradigm Shift , wound and folded paper
Patrick Hofmeister’s Aware.
Malia Landis’s IIiima in Kiawe.
Marianne Lettieri’s Memory Bank.
Lynn Dao’s Domestic Apocalypse
Love the simplicity of this delicate bowl against a simple grey background in this oil painting by Deborah Trilling.
John Hylton’s Moon Watcher, canvas, paint wood.
Monica Van den Dool’s Behold in front of Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian’s gouache Die Gesteze der Stukturen.
Wesley T. Wright – California Coyote – Stoneware, underglaze, glaze, concrete, steel in front of Nanette Wylde’s monoprints.
It was such a delight to meet Natalia Bertotti and Michael Garlington who collaborate on intensely dark, curious and magical images that somehow tap into some cultural core of ours – Grimm’s American fairytale crossed with something ripped out of the headlines of an old newspaper – or rather the stories that was never fit to print or maybe a precursor to a circus side show. They photographed Susan Sarandon in amazing paper dresses here’s a link to this process.
Love the flask action!
I Run Out of Every Side. I’m not even sure what I’m looking at here, but it feels like a pierced and leaking Padora’s Box emptying out into a sea of melting glaciers – a big old barrel of global warming by Briget Henry with Ann Altstatt. Feel free to go with another interpretation!
Grant Wells’s Ocean Structure 1, pigment transfer on canvas.
Tim Craighead’s oil and alkyd on linen, Without Constantini.
Adon Vaneziano’s sculptures.
Brian Taylor’s Changing Nature, photography.
Dotti Cichon with her installation she collaborated on with Jamila Rufaro.
Pantea Karimi and her paper vovelles.
With Lorraine Lawson and her mixed media paintings.
Sara Cole’s Forgotten Women 2 , acrylic, graphite, gesso on paper.
Oleg Lobykin’s bronze Flex Cube.
Ann Sconberg’s photography,Thirteen One and Two.
Quinn Peck’s archival ink jet print on fabric.
Betsy Braun-Kernaghan and her mixed media work.
Michelle Longosz photographs.
A detail from Jenifer Renzel’s The Contraption.
Vanessa Callanta’s self portrait.
Marc D’Estout’s A Briefcase of Puppetry (detail) found objects, fabricated steel, paint, patina.
Joe Uglyeye – Personal Demons – spray paint, screenpaint, acrylic on birch panel.
Denise Harris-Olenak’s Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, photographic plates on copper and wood.
Beyond the visual art, the big draw go the Closing Bash was the fabulous runway put on by Pivot: The Art of Fashion! The lights the crowds, the fantastic music and and even more fantastic fashion! Above are Charlotte Kruk’s Bossa Nova Bombshells made from recycled Ferrara Pan Chewy Lemonhead & Friends, Lemonhead, CherryHead, Grapehead wrappers!
And her Godiva coat!
Lace design work.
Rose Sellery (left) Charlotte Kruk’s Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, recycled Tiffany bags and chandelier pieces (middle) Katraa (right)
MC Kim Luke thanking Pivot Oraganizers Tina Brown, Rose Sellery and designers, Charlotte Kruk, Tulio Flores, Katraa, Sudnya Shroff, Ruby Roxanne, Ricochet, IB Bayo and Many others…
Food truck fun.
Rose Sellery’s designs and sculpture
D’Arcy Couture models in front of Khaled Akil’s Requiem for Syria.
Model Izzabelly Santos in IB Bayo.
Pivot MC, Kim Luke in front of
Sunya Shroff’s designs and painting and models in a moment of pre-composure
Pivot models in front of art.
Jessica Hilltout’s phtographs of handmade balls.
Pillar Aguero-Esparza’s multicultural Crayolas on paper.
Pivot model in front of Miguel Machuca’s Orchestrated Religion.
Butterfly model wafting by Teresa Cuniff’s There and Back
Glowing butterfly floating by Alan Silver’s oils on canvas.
Finally alighting on chair sculpture.
The morning after….picking up my work there are still a few remnants from the Art Party – Bill Gould’s sculpture tinkling overhead and the fabulous murals painted with Empire 7 glowing in the early morning sun. Farewell Wonderland, you will haunt my dreams until the next occasional and irrational art fest! Thanks to all involved with Anne and Mark’s Art Party – you’re the best!
Update – I’m delighted to hear that Anne Sconberg and Mark Henderson have just been presented with the Creative Impact Award for their extraordinary vision and hard work with Anne & Mark’s Art Party! So well deserved!
In case you’re still game for more and missed previous Art Party posts, here are the links:
The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Artis holding it’s 36th annual art exhibition and auction, Connect & Collect! Last weekend was the opening reception, silent bidding and buy it now options have begun and will build into a crescendo by October 22 . For more details and to get your bidding number visit: http://sjica.org
Jody Alexander’s linen wrapped and sewn book piece was already purchased!
Cynthia Ona Innis’s Tioga
Kirk Maxson’s Hummingbird Wings
Charlotte Kruk’s Bomb Shell!
Detail from Michael Koehle’s Young Hillary
Monica Van den Dool’s- ceramic bird
Lorrie Fredette’s Distant Measures
Mary Souza with her Tuming 1
Carolynn Haydu’s Sand
Jenifer Kent’s Tum
So great that all these artists have donated work to help the ICA keep giving back to the arts community!
What a party! The food, the fun, the friends the fashion the frolicking the theme (falling down the rabbit hole into a world of wonder) and yes, booze, but at its core, Anne and Mark’s Art Party is all about the art – visual, musical, spoken and dance, SO many artist and SUCH great work! Artists emerging and established, local and international, street meets museum! As an exhibiting artist this year I am so grateful to Anne Sconberg and Mark Henderson and Georgie Huff and to the vast army of volunteers and contributors who made this all possible…and it’s not over yet!
The gallery is open this week, Friday and Saturday from 11am-5pm ($10 admission) and a Closing Bash ($29 admission) Saturday night, October I, complete with a Pivot to Fashion Show that is not to be missed! It’s a good thing because you can’t see everything in one visit! Check out https://artpartysj.com/ for more information! FYI This post is link rich – click on the artist’s names for websites where available!
Bill Gould‘s installation over the gateway to Anne & Mark’s Art Party clattering in the breeze like a river rucking over stones.
So delighted to have six of my Florilegia – illuminated mixed media assemblage paintings on exhibit in my own little “gallery” in the south-west corner of the Main Gallery. Here I am with Purity and Oblivion.
Pano of my “gallery” Secret Lover, Mature Elegance, Happy Marriage, Purity and Oblivion.
With Bryan Callanta – the man who knows galleries and shirts and also the man I have to thank for my great little gallery!
With artist W.M. Vinci – the Mad Hatter with the sublime taste and the fab footwear!
Goldfish heels! Swoon!
Fabulous Steam Punk art lovers.
Susan Kraft and her encaustic paintings.
NUMU curator, Marianne McGrath.
Sieglinde Van Damme and her digital prints from scanned Chemograms with gallerist Jack Fisher.
Jay Ruland‘s gorgeous dying rose scanned prints.
Lovely White Rabbit & Mad Hatter!
Christopher Elliman‘s mixed media Systematic Deconstruction.
Tessie Barerra-Sharaga‘s mixed media installation.
Exhibiting artist Holly Van Hart with her abstract landscape oil paintings on canvas.
Samuel Price‘s mixed media collage.
Will Marino‘s wound and folded paper, Shadow (Fig Tree)
Jody Alexander and her Keep installation of discarded library books, and vintage linen and book skins, boro technique worked textiles.
Lisa Wangness‘s mixed media collage Sin / Without.
Dotti Cichon‘s digital photography printed on silk.
Exhibting artist Sara Friedlander and her American Women: Birds of Im/Migration
Mixed media digital collage and paint on wooden panel
Sara Friedlander‘s American Women: Birds of Im/Migration: Ethel on Her Way Home From School - Mixed media digital collage and paint on wooden panel.
George Rivera‘s dramatic oil on canvas figurative work.
Karen Gutfreund‘s bold text pieces.
Exhibiting artist Laura Jacobson with her prints and ceramics.
Rose Sellery – Baby Shoes!
Rose Selery‘s Pins and Needles dress (detail).
Exhibting artist Rose Sellery and her Rags to Riches sculpture with JR
Rose Sellery‘s Rags to Riches
Laura Scandrett‘s Untitled - Photochemicals on Photo Paper.
Cristina Velázquez‘s installation.
Marc D’Estout – Pinhead
Exhibiitng artist – Guru and Angel – Mark Henderson.
Robert Larson‘s mixed media paintings – I love the one with the cigarette packaging!
Margaret Niven‘s mixed media trees flanking Stan Welsh and Margitta Dietrick Welsh’s mixed media, sculpture, photograph with drawing on far wall
Della Calfee‘s photograph On the Inside.
Robert Ortbal‘s A to Z sculpture.
Robin Lasser‘s photograph & fabulous party goers
Brian Coleman‘s Neon lovliness!
Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian‘s gouache on paper.
Exhibiting artist Mandy Spritzer and her metal pieces
Exhibiting artist Danielle Dufayet and daughter.
Danielle Dufayet‘s acrylic paintings.
David Middlebrook with his missed media sculpture and the lovely April Gee.
Cool vibe – bass and piano.
Indian classical dance with Abhinaya Dance Co.
Best of friends!
Great sax with a jazz-funk-rap group.
Shovelman! I bought his Dirty West CD SOOOO good!
Late night in the VIP lounge.
One final blast of fire before I called it a night.
Monumental Fiber : Threads Mapping Man, Cities and the Cosmos is the brainchild of Dotti Cichon which features the work of three artists, Eszter Bornemisza (Hungary), Anitta Toivio (Finland) and Dotti Cichon herself (USA). This exhibition incorporates photography, installation, painting and mixed media fiber art to convey altered perceptions of our environments and each other. It’s running at the Vargas Gallery at Mission College from February 18 – March 28. I had the pleasure of catching the opening reception last night.
Monumental Fiber : Threads Mapping Man, Cities and the Cosmos - Vargas Gallery
Mission College’s Gillmor Center, in which the Vargas Gallery is situated, is quite a spectacle at night!
I love Cichon’s work! She travels extensively taking architecturally inspired photographs which she then manipulates into kaleidoscopic patterns – printed in this exhibition on silk banners. To me, these pieces transform the familiar into something that seems to reveal the spiritual core of its source material.
Eszter Bornemeisza, from Budapest, Hungary, works with bits of ephemera to construct labyrinth-like layered maps as a launching point for exploring personal and community narratives. It’s easy to get drawn in to the tactile details, threads and netting, maps and cryptic equations of nuclear physics.
Detail from Bornemisza’s layered panels, Mission College Instructor and Sculptor, Lynne Todaro and Dotti Cichon, Vargas Gallery
Finnish painter, Anitta Toivio paints people not as she sees them but as she senses them, through the energy they emit the memories they hold onto, their auras. Emotional Portraits are spiritual portraits on silk.
The Landscape in Us, a collaboration by Cichon and Toivo are photographs, a Finnish forrest printed on fabric and a video projection of a California seascape video on an overlay of organza, melding two landscapes representative to each of these artists.
As you can tell I’m a fan of Cichon’s work, sporting one of her silk scarves, the wearable version of one of the panels in front of which we are standing. Mine is based on graffiti from Florence!
Let me just start by saying wow! WOW!
I hear that Anne and Mark have been hosting their Art Party for a number of years now but this is the first time they’ve held it at the Santa Clara Fair Grounds – because they’re just that big and fabulous!
Artist Holly Van Hart and I got dolled up for the Opening Gala to check it all out and we were so impressed with the quality and variety of the work which was not limited to just visual art but there was spoken word, poetry, music and dancing! Just when you began to think you saw everything there was another maze to follow and more talent to be amazed by! I hope we can wrangle an invite to participate next year!
Where possible I have linked the artist’s names to their websites so you can find out more about them and their work, just click on them!
Oh – and the party is still going on until September 25th artpartysj.com. Go!
Me with Li Ma‘s 633 Hours to Intergalactica! installation.
Joe Miller exhibited a great street inspired installation.
Turns out photographer Michelle Longosz and I have a lot of friends in common – which is always really fun to find out! I was blown away by her serene yet emotionally charged photographs, Seven (above) and White ( below). They are very still and full of movement at the same time ?! To me, they are like photographs of the human spirit!
Dotti Cichon explaining her photographic process for printing silk scarves. They make a great backdrop for the the couple on their date below. (Can you guess which one is based on graffiti from Florence that I picked out for myself?)
Art gaze - Thorn of Plenty by David Middlebrook of Los Gatos.
Kebe Konte‘s Rings of Fire – nails on wood.
Cie doing an impromptu dance for me in front of Jen Jenning‘s untitled work made from wood, nails and human hair (they reminded me of wool carders).
CT-86 Big Iron by Richard Starks was a showstopper!
Roberta Aherns paints her florals on cracked linen which gives them a soft textured age look like a fresco.
Did I forget to mention that I did have some artwork on exhibit after all? It was on Holly’s back, a shapie tattoo compliments of yours truly! A little something I dashed off (to match the one she’d done on her leg) before we dashed off in her car.
And while my little feather was lovely and all that, what was really breathtaking was this Rose series by photographer Jay Ruland! Thump – thump…Thump – thump…Thump – thump!
A quiet moment of reflection with Stan Welsh‘s Void and Pilgrim - ceramic figure and epoxy resin.
White Queen by Michael Garlington – silver gelatin photography, mixed media frame was full of fabulous, dark details as was his other shrine like piece.
Party goers discussing the ecstasy of the nun in Michael Garlington’s shrine like sculpture.
And while on naughty and nice – this mixed media piece, Foot & Ass by Tracey Snelling also took a look at secret pleasures.
Fields of Gold by Yvonne Escalante, speaks to the aggressive nature of modern agriculture, with these bullet or even missile like forms. They are striking as handsome, sleekly crafted objects, loaded with symbolism and complex implications!
Another favorite piece was this encaustic work, Part of the Whole, by Linda Steenkamp. These cell-like shapes could be read in a lot of ways but they reminded me of little boats made up of maps and bits of writing on a crowded sea where everyone had a journey but no one was getting anywhere. Perhaps I’m too imaginative with my interpretations. Viewer’s prerogative!
Mixed media paintings by D. Hooker, whimsical and perhaps a little menacing.
Monica Van den Dool‘s Blue Rabbit’s Foot and Canary mixed media ceramic pieces combined pop (over-scaled, familiar objects in bright colors) with something tender and dark (the real rabbit’s foot and wishbone) leaving me with a feeling of soft melancholy.
David Pace exhibited riveting portraits, that pin you with their stare piercing through the kaleidoscope of pattern.
A George Rivera mixed media painting looms central in the photo above.
A dramatic detail from George Rivera’s mixed media piece, Hope, with its deeply wrought darks and its burnished highlights.
Artist Phyllis Jenkins, Lorraine Lawson (yet another Los Gatos Museums Gallery artist – along with me and Holly), Gallery 85′s Sandy Burkhart and Holly Van Hart!
Melissa Kreisa and her rich metallic Abstract paintings.
Susan Kraft and her textured abstract acrylics.
Great people watching!
I’ve been a fan of Gail Ragains bold and bright abstracted figures for some time now and it was great to see an entire alcove full of these swimmers in acrylic!
I would have liked to walk home with these! Voices of Dissent and Off with Their Heads, mixed media paintings by Christopher Elliman. He uses elements of stencil and poster bombing, street art and fairytale. I find them both whimsical and politically charged! LOVE!
A rose by any other name…
VHS tape knitting by Cristina Velazquez – I’ll take a sweater dress please!
Patrick Hofmeister‘s installation above and below (I hear he’s on his honeymoon – congratulations!)
Dancing dudes with stilts and blow torches.
Fire Dancer performed to one of my all time favorite musicians, Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn and his qawwali piece, Dum Must Qalandar. I believe this was the remixed version with Massive Attack.
A possible Anne and Mark sighting – Thanks for the party!
Deep sea fish car.
I watched early on as artists were stringing up the CDs among the lights, and by the end of the evening they looked like twinkling stars!
When your photos start getting blurry like this you know it’s time to go home – too dark for my hand held camera or too many Art Dog martinis?
But not before one last blast from Jon Sarriugarte‘s snail car, The Golden Mean!