1. 2013 San Jose ICA Holiday Vid - Behind the Scenes

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    The making of. nuf said.

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    • 2013 San Jose ICA Holiday Video

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      Well, we're at it again folks. Our 2013 annual holiday "oeuvre" is informed by pop culture phenomena and flavored with our own certain je ne sais quoi cheesy topping. We hope you enjoy and we really hope that you're inspired to give a buck about art. Happy Holidays and best wishes for every good thing in the coming year. The San Jose ICA Staff

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      • Dimitra Skandali, 6885 Miles

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        Enjoy this short, behind-the-scenes video of artist, Dimitra Skandali installing her seaweed-based work. On view in the exhibition NextNewCA through Sept 14, 2013. Dimitra Skandali grew up on Paros, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Its history and people are central to her work. “I carry my island with me everywhere. These themes of the past are reflected in my choice of materials and the ethereal, ephemeral forms I create; reminders of the sea, its openness and possibilities, but also its limitations.” For the ICA’s Cardinale Project Room, Skandali created an installation made entirely of seaweed. The title 6885 Miles represents the distance from Paros to the artist’s home in San Francisco. Skandali was educated in Greece before moving to California and earning her MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute in 2013. She holds a Business Administration degree from Athens Polytechnic University, and a university degree in Painting from Athens School of Fine Arts. From 2008-2009, she was part of the Erasmus-Socrates Exchange Program at Hogeschool voor der Kunst in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Her awards and honors include the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award in New Genres, the ARTslant 2nd 2013 Showcase Winner, and The Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards. The artist lives and works in San Francisco. Thumbnail image: David Pace, davidpacephotography.com

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        • A Gangnam Style Holiday Greeting from the San Jose ICA (2012)

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          Hey, Happy Holiday (whoop, whoop, whoop) from the San Jose ICA Gang (nam)!

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          • 2011 Holiday wRAP: Behind the Sceenz

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            Perhaps even better than the final cut. Enjoy this behind-the-sceenz look at the "making-of" the San Jose ICA 2011 staff holiday vid. "Holiday wRAP." You're welcome.

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            • 2011 Holiday wRAP

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              The ICA staff pull out all the stops for their annual holidaze greeting. Yo, it's a wRAP!

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              • Ted Fullwood: Energy Machines

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                When Ted Fullwood first used chenille sticks (otherwise known as pipe cleaners) while teaching art to a group of middle school students almost ten years ago, he became hooked. Since then, he has spent countless hours weaving together these flexible, colorful and fuzzy sticks that are best known for their use in children’s craft projects, not for creating large-scale sculptures. He describes the pleasure of weaving as “going into the zone,” where his hands intuitively operate and his mind enters a meditative state to create his artwork. Considering the low-tech weaving process and materials, it may seem surprising that the title of this show is Energy Machines. However, for Fullwood, the wildly abstract and colorful objects emit energy as a machine performs an activity. After all, he remarks, “if art is good, it will start to permeate energy to the people that view it. (While) a lot of that energy is just imagined, sometimes imagined energy is the best kind.” Fullwood describes his aesthetic as excessive and obsessive, where “too much is never enough.” Throughout his life, he has created this way, whether in clay, text, mosaics or textiles. Growing up in Palo Alto, he went to an alternative high school and spent all of his time in the ceramics studio. In college at UC Santa Cruz he studied Creative Writing. Though he admits he may not have been a great writer, he discovered great pleasure in using words and allowing language to spill out of his imagination and onto the page. When he moved into his home in San Jose, after he received his MFA at San Jose State, he embarked upon a huge project of covering the walls in his house with his own fantastically colored tiles. While he considers this to be a work-in-progress, nearly every square inch of his home has been embellished. Working in this way and finding the place where his mind and hands “go into the zone,” Fullwood makes objects that are both wonderfully original and incredibly familiar.

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                • Modesto Covarrubias: Liminal

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                  This short video documents the installation of Modesto Covarrubias' large site-specific sculptural piece, Liminal on view at the ICA April 10 - July 3, 2010. Modesto Covarrubias: Liminal is an immersive site-specific installation exploring ideas related to shelter, memories and imagined space. As the first emerging artist to participate in the ICA’s series of immersive solo exhibitions, Covarrubias joins established Bay Area artists including Theodora Varnay Jones, Christel Dillbohner, Chris Dorosz, Lewis DeSoto and Tim Horn, who have also presented large-scale installations in the ICA’s Focus Gallery. As a child, Covarrubias built forts, houses and spaceships – drawing elaborate plans and maps to render his creations. He has long been involved in investigations of space and how it can alter and be altered by one’s mental state. And just as the artist created forts, rooms and spaces as a child to transport himself into fantasy worlds, he employs similar processes today to explore and portray his present-day emotions and experiences. Covarrubias’ multi-media pieces are constructed primarily from paper attached or hung from a room–sized armature made from materials including steel wire, monofilament, wood, and PVC pipe. Modesto Covarrubias is a San Jose-native who lives and works in Berkeley, CA. Covarrubias recently graduated with an MFA in Studio Art from Mills College, and in 2005 earned a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Covarrubias’ work has been exhibited in Italy, New York City and throughout the Bay Area.

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                  • Beili Liu: Installation of Work at the San Jose ICA

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                    By A Thread artist Beili Liu spent two days installing her amazing piece, "Bound #1" at the ICA in February 2010. We decided to film the installation to provide a glimpse into the magic behind the making of art. Enjoy!

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                    • Happening at the ICA

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                      ICA Executive Director and Chief Curator, Cathy Kimball talks about what's what at the ICA in San Jose. This is a great intro to the five ICA "Ws": Who, What, When, Where and Why. Check it out here and then visit the gallery to see it all live! You'll be impressed.

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