My Life Completely

tombstoneAlthough poet Brent Reiten created this tombstone in the 1980′s he is still very much alive.

Jason Tesauro recently discovered a copy of Transient Sex in a thrift store in Virginia and the article about his find has sparked a revival in Brent. Plus, maybe best of all, Brent now has an official listing at The Poetry Foundation.

Electric Works is pleased to be selling Transient Sex in our bookstore. You can order here.


Mills Building

Mills Chagoya_IMG_6200Mills Burkholtz_IMG_6194Mills_Minervini_IMG_6215Over the years, Electric Works has been privileged to work with a wide variety of artists from the Bay Area and beyond — always with a collaborative spirit and the hunger for trying something new. At the Mills Building you will see many proprietary techniques but, at the end of the day, you will see that our projects rest on good content as well as good technique.

It’s with that spirit we present some of our favorite projects over the last 18 years including work with Sandow Birk, Elaine Buckholtz, Enrique Chagoya, Hughen/Starkweather, Robert Minervini, and William T. Wiley.

The exhibit is part of a rotating program sponsored by the Mills Building for the pleasure of its tenants and visitors..

Visit the Mills Building
220 Montgomery Street
San Francisco
until December 12


Top: Enrique Chagoya                                                                                                Middle: Elaine Buckholtz                                                                                           Bottom: Robert Minervini


Miami Project

Dave_Eggers_what-did-you-do-when-you-were-there-smVisit Electric Works at Miami Project, Booth 822, featuring drawings by Dave Eggers.

Working in the vernacular of political propaganda posters, Dave Eggers deftly executes grease pencil drawings that feature an ongoing cast of fur-, feather-, and scale-bearing creatures.  What seems like an extraordinary balancing act of good humor and earnest pledges of allegiance, Eggers creates a menagerie that speaks to our very human condition.

Located in the Miami Project Pavilion on NE 34th Street & NE 1st Avenue, Miami Project will bring together the best in contemporary and modern art from sixty-­seven of the country’s top galleries to the heart of the Wynwood design district. Electric Works is thrilled to be a part of this exciting venue.

VIP PREVIEW:                                                                                                           Tuesday, December 2, 2014  5:30 ­ – 10:00 pm
General Fair Hours:                                                                                             Wednesday, December 3, 2014 ­ 10:00am to 7:00pm                                              Thursday, December 4, 2014 ­ 10:00am to 7:00pm                                                       Friday, December 5, 2014 ­ 10:00am ­ 8:00pm                                                           Saturday, December 6, 2014 ­ 10:00am ­ 7:00pm                                                         Sunday, December 7, 2014 ­ 10:00am ­ 6:00pm

In, out, and about

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA111712A1A3 Gaza (from the series Associated Press), acrylic paint and ink on wood panel, 34×34 inches, 2013

Amanda Hughen is in, out, and about this fall.

In our flat files we have great selection of work from her collaborative series with Jennifer Starkweather – Valediction; Approach, Transition, Touchdown, The San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge Project; The Airport Project; and Between Above and Below.

Out and about can see her work in three group shows.

Symbiosis: Art and Science Intersect

September 15 – October 16, 2014
Reception: Thursday, September 18  4 – 6pm

Agrella Art Gallery, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
Curated by Debra Lehane and Satri Pencak


Shoebox Orchestra

September 19 – November 14, 2014
Reception: Friday, September 19, 6 – 9 pm

ampersand international arts, 1001 Tennessee at 22nd, SF CA
Curated by Theodora Mauro



October 2 – December 15, 2014
Reception: Thursday, October 2, 6 – 9 pm

NWBLK, 1999 Bryant at 18th, SF CA
Curated by Heather Marx


Hughen with collaborator Jennifer Starkweather has been commissioned to create a permanent public artwork for the Central Subway station in Union Square in downtown San Francisco.This project of the San Francisco Arts Commission will open in 2017.



Put Your Stamp on Pride

Nicoletta_IMG_4917Dan Nicoletta, stopped by recently to autograph sheets of Harvey Milk Forever stamps. He was in town for the public dedication for the stamp, with ceremonies in the City Hall rotunda. The stamp was designed based on an image of Harvey Milk from a photograph taken by Nicoletta in 1977.

We are pleased to be able to offer this keepsake sheet of stamps for $9.80 plus a donation to the Harvey Milk Foundation.

The Harvey Milk Foundation is a global non-profit charitable organization that promotes Harvey Milk’s legacy through human rights education and global outreach efforts. Harvey Milk (1930-1978) became the first openly gay major elected official in the United States when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated in San Francisco’s City Hall in November 1978. The foundation was founded by Harvey’s nephew, Stuart Milk, and Anne Kronenberg, Harvey’s campaign manager and political aide. For more information on the Harvey Milk Foundation, please visit:

Contact to purchase a sheet of stamps and make your donation.

Nicoletta_ stamps

The HARVEY MILK® image is licensed by the Harvey Milk Foundation.
© 2014 U.S.Postal Service
Photo by Daniel Nicoletta circa 1977

In the mail

harveymilkThe White House celebrated Harvey Milk Day on May 22 with the dedication of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp. On Wednesday May 28 the public is invited to attend the 3:30 p.m.
dedication ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco.

The stamp image is based on a circa 1977 black-and-white photograph of Milk in front of his Castro Street Camera store in San Francisco taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Grants Pass, Oregon.

Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.

The postal service said Milk’s “achievements gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.”

Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.





For their project Re:depiction, Hughen/Starkweather invited staff from the Asian Art Museum to describe from memory an artwork from the museum’s collection. The artists then used the words from each interview to create an abstract work on paper. On the night of the event, Hughen/Starkweather’s abstraction will be shown as large hanging scrolls alongside sound pieces comprised of interview excerpts. Viewers will be provided with maps to locate the original works in the museum, and will be invited to submit their own memory of an artwork of their choice.

Thursday, May 22, 6:30 – 9 pm
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA, across from City Hall

Free with museum admission ($5 after 5pm)


Dave Eggers at ArtMRKT

Electric Works presents
Dave Eggers at ArtMRKT
to benefit ScholarMatch
May 15-18, Booth 109, Fort Mason Center


Working in the vernacular of political propaganda posters, Dave Eggers deftly executes grease pencil drawings that feature an ongoing cast of fur-, feather-, and scale-bearing creatures. What seems like an extraordinary balancing act of good humor and earnest pledges of allegiance, Eggers creates a menagerie that speaks to our very human condition.

Dave Eggers studied painting and art history at the University of Illinois before realizing he probably wasn’t good enough to live as an artist. After college he worked as an illustrator, cartoonist and designer, before again realizing he wasn’t good enough at these things to continue doing them full-time. Subsequently he wrote books and continues to write books. He’s also the founder of McSweeney’s and 826 Valencia.

Proceeds from the sales of drawings go directly toward investing in San Francisco Bay Area students heading off to college. ScholarMatch is a new project of 826 National that matches donors with students needing funds for college tuition. At ScholarMatch students post profiles, and donors can learn about scholars in their community who need assistance. To try to boost the ability of ScholarMatch to meet the need of its many students, Electric Works is helping to sell over 40 new drawings by Eggers. With tuitions rising everywhere, there are about 100 students profiled on the ScholarMatch website who need funds for college.

To learn more about ScholarMatch

To view Eggers drawings

Visit Electric Works at Booth 109, ArtMRKT, Fort Mason