Making Multiples

Electric Works presents
“Making Multiples”
Reception: Saturday, March 29, 5-8 PM

Electric Works publishes unusual multiples stretching the limits of what is traditionally considered a print. From William T. Wiley’s Punball: Only One Earth pinball machine to Marcel Dzama’s Albatross Note vinyl records to Sandow Birk’s In Smog and Thunder playing cards to Enrique Chagoya’s Pyramid Scheme.  Electric Works focuses on two crucial elements when considering any project: technique and content. We work with artists who are masters of strong visual content and we help them over the technical stumbling blocks that so often get in the way of a successful edition. We revere the old techniques, but champion the new ones as well, all in the name of making the most ambitious projects possible. 

Electric Works will be hosting an open house and flat file guided tour open to the public on Saturday, March 29 from 5-8 PM in conjunction with Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation, and Activism, the Southern Graphics Council International conference. We will also be offering anyone with a conference badge a 10% discount in our bookstore. 

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Pretty Pretty

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Dave Schubert’s deep commitment to documenting life on the street and his scholarship of the history of photography equal a powerful body of work. Often risking his own well-being Schubert makes images very few of us would dare to take, even if we were to witness them.

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Dave Schubert’s Suicide Days and Nights through April 1 at The Pretty Pretty Collective. PPC, gallery and salon, strives to enrich with inspiring art and a vibrant culture of talent.
3290 22nd Street at Valencia.

Big changes, good changes

Big changes for us!

After some long consideration, we have decided to close the gallery after the current exhibition by Dave Schubert ends on December 12th.

We reached this decision after looking at what it means to run a fine art press / multiple-making workshop AND a gallery at the same time. The time commitment was simply too much for us to do both things at the level we wanted to. We looked at both sides of the business and decided we had to stick with our roots in the printmaking and artist collaboration world.

With a lot of our friends and colleagues closing up shop for a variety of reasons, we wanted to let you know this is a choice we are making in order to focus on our first love: working with artists. We’re not the latest victim of commercial real estate rents skyrocketing, or of getting edged out of creative space. We have an opportunity to continue to work with artists and we are taking it.

We’d like to extend our thanks to the artists, collectors, curators, writers, and art lovers who have showered us with attention since we began this venture seven years ago. It’s been great working with all of you—and all of you will be included in our continuing activities on the printmaking and project front. Look for exciting updates.

So—what does all this good news mean? We’re having a party!

Please join us Friday, December 13th for our official gallery closing party!
4-8 PM
1360 Mission Street (between 9th and 10th)

We’ll have refreshments, holiday cheer and chances to pick up holiday treasures from our bookstore!

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in The Thrillpeddlers revival production of the Cockettes’ –
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Photograph by Daniel Nicoletta
December 4, 2009

Day of Giving

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All proceeds from the sale of Dave Eggers’ drawings will go to ScholarMatch, a 501(c)3 which connects under-resourced students with resources, schools, and donors to make college possible. We have just listed over 50 new drawings on our site—click here to view.

Walls full? Not ready for an art purchase? You can still help send a low-income student to college and follow your student’s educational journey by donating to ScholarMatch here: https://scholarmatch.org/donate/

In short, we are pleased to work with Dave, pleased to work with ScholarMatch—they do really important work that directly helps our neighbors and community members.

Drawings can be purchased by emailing Noah Lang, noah@sfelectricworks.com
and may be viewed here.

Tract:

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Tract: Hughen/Starkweather presents in three exhibitions the solo work of Jennifer Starkweather and Amanda Hughen alongside the collaborative work of Hughen/Starkweather. Their work encompasses both the macro – a large extent of land, and the micro – a nerve system within a human body, transcending the idea of scale.

San Marco Gallery
Dominican University
San Rafael

Artist reception
Saturday November 16
4-6 PM

Tract:

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Work by Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather will be on display in Tract, November 7 through December 17 in San Marco Gallery, Dominican University of California’s Alemany Library, 185 Palm Avenue, San Rafael.

There will be an Artists Talk on Monday, November 11, from 6:30-7:30 PM and an Opening Reception for Tract on Saturday, November 16, from 4-6 PM in Alemany Library.

As collaborators, Hughen and Starkweather have explored a variety of systems and places, and the visual patterns created through the analysis of this data. This includes traffic at airports (vehicular, airplane, freight, people) and most recently in their Bay Bridge Project, the various usages of the eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. Their mixed-media artworks consider the architecture, engineering, weather, and traffic.

Where are they now?

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Have you been wondering what Kris Lang, former digital imager at Electric Works, is up to now? Even though hanging out with her growing kids is more than a full-time job, she has kept her hand in the art world in a very active way. Over the past year, she has been doing photo retouching and digital printmaking at the studio of Leo vanMunching. This weekend you will have a chance to have a look into his studio thanks to ArtSpan’s Open Studios. Come see his large-format documents of San Francisco architecture and intimate portraits of this city’s residents at Open Studios this weekend at 754 Clementina St., from 11-6 on Saturday and Sunday.

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Recent Work

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Electric Works presents
Recent Work by Dave Schubert
November 1- 30
Opening reception Friday, November 1, 6-8 PM

Please join us for Dave Schubert’s first solo show at the gallery. Schubert’s deep commitment to documenting life on the street and his scholarship of the history of photography equal a powerful body of work. Often risking his own well-being Schubert makes images very few of us would dare to take, even if we were to witness them. The body of work will focus on images made in the Bay Area over the last decade, including many never-before-exhibited photographs. Schubert will be using both the main gallery and our project space to install this work which will include black and white and color photographs.

“Endangered Birds” at the library

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From October 5 to March 28, David Tomb’s Endangered Birds of the Philippines will grace the foyer of the San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch Civic Center and the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center on the 5th floor.

On Oct.19th, 1:45pm-2:45pm, Koret Auditorium, David Tomb along with members of Jeepney Projects Worldwide will speak about their inspiring trip to Mindanao to see the Great Philippine Eagle, its fragile future, and the incredibly rich bird life of the Philippines. This presentation is one of the featured events in the 2nd Filipino American International Book Festival running from Oct. 18th through Oct. 20th.