Posts Tagged ‘first friday’

First Friday October 5

September 20, 2012

First Friday, October 5
Artist Reception 6-9 p.m.
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ARTIST BIO: RAY HAYES by Darryl Ferrucci

Santa Cruz artist Ray Hayes has spent the last several years engaged in a continuous and prolific exploration of the intersections of disparate phenomena(perceptions).

3rd generation artist on the maternal side, 3rd generation engineer/inventor on the paternal side Ray, 34, synthesizes these two streams of his family history into a unique juxtaposition of the aesthetic and the technical.

Ray’s painting process begins with an open-minded approach to visual perception; processing the entopic phenomena of Form Constants into “ghosted-in” inter- dimensional frameworks; in which no form, object, or perception can singularly dominate any part or whole of the construct. Ray takes advantage of the powerful pattern making ‘machinery’ of the human mind; he allows patterns and visual relationships to reveal themselves , rather than seeking out a subject to focus on. At times using his visual myopia as a tool; allowing that, at a distance, ambiguous details can and must play any number of roles in the big picture.

In the painting practices, back in the warehouse, Ray synthesizes and processes these rich fields of perception in an intensive process of drawing, painting & collage. Juxtaposing and layering his imagery. He deconstructs his vision, mixes it with inspiration and new visual explorations, reconstructing this mix into an ongoing series of vibrant and engaging imagery. In an experimental process of quick free-form design, he fluidly combines a wide range of imagery from both his observation and imagination in a unique and constantly evolving style.

He has a strong interest in the form and design of the simple-practical, the impossible, theoretical, & the intentionally functionless variations that define mechanical objects; stemming from fascinations with Alexander Calder and Franz Reuleaux’s work.

Ray freely blends these technologically inspired explorations with other modes of imagery; whether biomorphic, abstract, cartoon-like or straight figurative . In structuring his paintings, he engages in continual deconstruction & re-engineering of perspective, space and experience- to this end, he frequently cuts out, recombines, and layers his images. His paintings may become three dimensional, pointing toward or into the extra- dimensional.

His approach to media and materials used for his work is as fluid as his perceptual practices. He relies wholly upon discarded, recycled, & found materials as his painting surfaces, making a point to never have to purchase the surface.


First Friday, September 7

August 16, 2012

First Friday September 7
Artist Reception 6-9 p.m.
Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios
118 Coral Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Chelsea Briggen – a love story

Artist Statement
I paint because the color makes me want to crawl out of my mind and join it in its simple vibrancy. I paint to feel the texture of the substance spread. I paint to say something that has no words just a feeling. And sometimes I’m painting to escape or heal or do something external when in fact painting simply brings me to the highest place in myself… consistently. Sitting in front of an empty canvas feels like waking up each morning. I have options. I have a trunk full of colors and my heart pours ideas through me… This is my joy. To paint.

First Friday August – Parachute Collective

August 8, 2012

We are thrilled to welcome the Parachute Collective to Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios this month. Parachute Art Collective is locally owned and operated in Santa Cruz, CA.  Parachute’s services include promoting, marketing, and distributing for artists including screen printed merchandise and apparel online. We help individuals establishing themselves as artists through facilitating them contributing to and in their communities local and worldwide.

Featured artists include:

First Friday, June 1

May 23, 2012

First Friday, June 1
Precious on the Edge
Artist Reception: 6-9 p.m.

Precious on the Edge is a joint photo exhibit; a collective snapshot into fringe culture from an insider’s perspective. The work of Bryan G. May and Jake Ander Simowitz embodies the intimacy of subcultural transience, the comfort of dusty memories, and the luxury of sneaking into art school print studios.

In photographs framed behind glass, as slide film projections, and on the pages of zines, Bryan and Jake include the medium in their work, producing an array of images that urge an audience to both “skate or die” and to “never give up”.

In this forthcoming show, Jake’s work focuses on nature through a lens of turmoil, seasons in different places, and the exuberance of youth. Bryan’s photos capture life at the crosshairs of intoxication and resistance, the ardor of punk house relationships, and crisp portraits of dirty people.

First Friday, May 4

April 30, 2012

First Friday, May 4
Artist Reception 6-9 p.m.

Artist Statement:

I am Geoff Llewellyn. My tool of choice is a camera; any camera– in particular, for the majority of photographs on display here, a medium format camera was the tool of choice. Mostly chosen for its insane amount of detail without being a giant large format huge box. I feel an addiction to capturing moments that stand out as beautiful or special. The sense that waiting one more second before pressing the shutter release would mean forgetting that specific moment for ever. Most of the photographs on display were printed at the Cabrillo Color photo lab before it was cut for reasons of budget squandering. My hopes are that photography in its traditional form never dies.

America and the Course of Empire

March 20, 2012

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First Friday, April 6
Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios
118 Coral Street

Artist Reception 6-9 p.m.

Joaquin Spengemann is a Santa Cruz native returned to his roots after an extended residency in the east bay.  His collages are testimonies to excess and injustice, hubris and tyranny, salvation and redemption as they pay homage to and celebrate the fine craft of the illustrators and photographers whose work he dismembers and reorders.  His work exalts the power of nature and scrutinizes the nature of power with recurring themes of greed, romanticism, nostalgia, propaganda and bloodlust.   His most recent works betray a burgeoning penchant for the wisdom of alchemical hermeticism, and attempt through the glorious cartography born of the age of discovery to reveal the folly of statism, nationalism, and the currencies that bear their standards.   The artist is currently examining the concepts of “value” and “worth” from an antediluvian perspective.

The Poster Art of Yasamine June

February 17, 2012

After a long hiatus – First Friday is back and better than ever at SCRS.

First Friday, March 2
Artist Reception 6-9 p.m.
The Poster Art of Yasamine June
Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios
118 Coral Street

Yasamine June is a graphic artist and illustrator currently living and working in Santa Cruz, CA. She paints her originals and silk-screens limited edition prints by hand. Recent projects include works for Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Camper Van Beethoven, The Album Leaf, Fruit Bats, and Vetiver.


Contact: yasamine.june (at) gmail (dot)com

Dreamboats and Scallywags

October 24, 2011

First Friday, November 4
Dreamboats and Scallywags – Prints and Paintings by Lucas Elmer
Artist Reception – 6-9 pm

Lucas Elmer is a multi-media printmaker and sculptor as well as an avid waterman. He builds his content from the folklore and reverence surrounding romantic and rugged lifestyles that he appreciates both first hand and from afar. Lucas lives in Santa Cruz, California where, after receiving his BA in Fine Arts at the University of California Santa Cruz, he continues to hone his craft.

First Friday August, 5

July 27, 2011

Hitting a Subcutaneous Nerve: Vaguely Scientific Illustrations & Lithographs by Ari Bird
First Friday, August 5
Artist Reception 6-9 p.m.
118 Coral Street

Artist Bio:  Ari Bird attended the University of California Santa Cruz, where she toiled night and day in the print studio, producing lithographs, Intaglio prints, woodcuts and handbound books. She currently resides in San Francisco and continues to create. The work in this show seeks to examine the spectral qualities of identity through pseudo science, pop psychology and B-level cult films.

Compulsive Habits and Repetitive Tendencies

June 21, 2011

First Friday, July 1
Artist Reception 6-9 p.m.
118 Coral Street

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The Shop Mix Society, a collective of Bay Area artists, showcases the sometimes mundane, sometimes obsessive, always recurring inclinations of everyday life.