News from Midway

Join us April 1, 6-8 PM for the opening reception of Whale, 2011 where we will be presenting Chris Jordan’s Midway: Message from the Gyre, a twelve-image portfolio of photographs. Jordan documents albatross chicks on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

Chris Jordan is now on Midway Island working on a film and will be checking in with regular video posts.
Midway Journey III

Electric Works releases MARS-1 Edition!

Crank up that blacklight you’ve been keeping in your closet and bust out that vinyl version of Pink Floyd’s “Animals” that you’ve had in storage and let the party begin. Dazzle your friends with the latest collaboration between Electric Works and MARS-1, Infinite Tapestry.

This limited edition poster brings back the best of underground poster-making from 1970s. The rich velvety black is just that: virtually the whole print is covered in black flocking. Underneath that is a layer of UV-reactive fluorescent day-glo inks. Each print is signed by MARS-1. Tack it up in your dorm room, frame it for your study—this print is guaranteed to elevate the look of any wall it’s hung on.

Each 32″ x 25″ poster is signed by the artist and due to the hand printing of the silkscreen each one varies just a little from the other making every one unique. Purchase print at the Store at Electric Works.

This is a limited-edition signed and numbered blacklight poster. The color background was applied with a process called “Split Fountain” in which all 5 colors are put on the screen and mixed into the gradient in one pull as the squeegee goes across the screen. Each pull mixes the inks a little differently so each print is unique. The fluorescent inks are UV reactive so the poster has one look in the daylight and totally different colors under blacklight.

About the print:
Infinite Tapestry, 2011
Hand Silkscreen, Fluorescent UV Inks with Black Velvet Flocking
Image Size: 32″ x 25″
Edition of 140, plus proofs.

Macaroni and Cheese not included.

MARS-1 (aka Mario Martinez) is a left-handed artist who spends most of his time in the right side of his brain, communicating through a visual language. His early inspirations include: graffiti, animation, comic book characters, ufology, extraterrestrials, unexplored life, mysteries of the universe, alternate realities and the abstract quality of existence. He attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco, where he currently lives and works, and is active in the city’s contemporary art scene.

BIG, really BIG

Our next show In the Eye of the Whale, large scale photographs by Bryant Austin, April 1 until May 7, is going to be a BIG hit- not only because the images are BIG (life size) but there are BIG opportunities for school field trips. Judith is scheduling groups now 415-279-2014 (cell). Please pass this information along to teachers and others who might be interested. Thanks!

Join us April 1 from 6-8 PM for the opening reception.
Come meet Bryant and see the whales up close.

Working this intimately with his seven to fifty ton subjects is a delicate process dictated by the terms set by the whale. Entire seasons, up to three months, are invested annually with specific populations. On snorkel only, he floats motionless and observes. He provides whales with the space and time to come to know him as an individual.

When these rare and exceptional encounters occur the artist composes a series of vertically oriented photographs along the whale’s body later to be made into a life size composite photograph. Using a 50 Mega Pixel camera and a portrait lens, all of the fine detail and tones are captured.

Realizing that less than one millionth of one percent of the human population will experience what he has with these creatures, his vision is to exhibit his resulting body of work to provide humanity with a profound and intimate glimpse of these creatures in a way never before explored or shared on such a scale.

His body of work, which represents the largest most detailed photographs of whales ever composed, has been shown in Norway, the United States, Chile, Spain, and most recently in Tokyo.

Such Good News

Our artist friends are out and about this month. Here’s’ the up and coming scoop.

David Tomb’s is exhibiting in
Selections from the Permanent Collection
Through May 1, 2011
At the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara

Ana Teresa Fernandez is exhibiting in
La Llorona Unfabled: Stories to (Re)Tell to Little Girls
Through April 16
At La Galería de la Raza
SFBG has a great review of the show.

Electric Works gallery is hosting the release party for Paul Madonna’s newest book, Everything is its own.
The party showcases original drawings from the book.
Each copy of the book comes with a removable poster.

Save the date! April 29, 7 PM

Westerhout at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery

Katherine Westerhout’s photographs capture the psychological resonance of long-abandoned industrial, institutional, and ecclesiastical spaces. Westerhout works with the camera in four- to six-hour sessions to produce one or two carefully chosen color images. Using only available light, she creates large-scale works depicting uninhabited spaces that hold visual clues of past lives.

Katherine was featured in a KQED Spark program. Watch the segment to find out more about her work. And to view her photographs visit Electric Works.

Katherine’s work will be exhibited March 10 – April 21, 2011 at the SFMOMA Artist Gallery at Fort Mason. Please join us for an opening reception: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.