There are some really interesting options at tonight’s ArtHop, the monthly open house of studios and galleries in the downtown and Tower District areas. Here are some picks from my Thursday Life section advance story, plus a few late additions. As always, feel free in the comments section to plug your event or tell us as a viewer your ArtHop plans.
GALLERY 25: Last January, Diran Lyons expanded the horizons of Gallery 25 with an exhibition featuring examples of the remix genre, in which artists combine video and images from different sources to make political statements that are often different from the original intent. (One of the entries was Lyons’ “Jake Gyllenhaal Challenges the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize,” which juxtaposed scenes from Gyllenhaal’s movie “Jarhead” with clips of Barack Obama.)
Now Lyons is back at Gallery 25 a year later with “Oil and War: A Critical Remix Festival,” which continues the practice of editing video to create critiques of society, media, corporations and government. The event features video submissions from across the country. A $1,000 top prize will be awarded at today’s ArtHop event at the gallery, 660 Van Ness Ave.
SPECTRUM ART GALLERY: Featured artists are Lyssa Bird and Edward Gillum. Bird’s photo show “Tossed Aside” documents the disposable attitude of people toward many objects. Gillum’s “Shopping Basket Lives” is a hybrid narrative of photography, sculpture and installation focused on the familiar object of the shopping basket.
The show runs through Jan. 30 at the gallery, 608 E. Olive Ave. Details: spectrumphotogallery.org, (559) 266-0691.
FULTON’S FOLLY: A reception will be held for Donna Locati, who studied printmaking with Leon Osborne at Fresno City College and Mary Maughelli at California State University, Fresno. Her work will be on display at the gallery, 920 E. Olive Ave., through Jan. 31. Details: (559) 268-3856.
DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY ARTS COLLECTIVE: Christopher Scharnick’s intense photo-realistic paintings, above, are about his personal experiences dealing with schizophrenia, from which his mother has suffered, and his own fears of developing the hereditary illness. I’ve seen and commented favorably on his work in the past, and I’m intrigued to see his newer offerings.
Jordan Maliksi gets his first ArtHop show. His work, below, consists of mixed media drip paintings with line drawings on top of them. Usually the drawings are of animals which are representing people and situations in Maliski’s life.
The gallery is at 754 P St. Details: dcacfresno.org, (559) 843-2411.
IRON BIRD CAFE:
Zachary Dylan Welch, an MFA graduate from Fresno State, will be showing at the cafe, located at 1915 Fulton St., in January. The show is titled “Let the Good Times Roll.” Here’s an interview with Welch.