Plumed Serpent

David Tomb has captured the rare beauty of Resplendent Quetzals and their environs in “Kukul” a watercolor, gouache, and graphite work on paper. “Kukul” which means “feathered” was featured in his 2008 show at Ohlone College. The nine-panel work (124.5″ x 88.5″) will be permanently installed in the newly refurbished galleries of the Natural History Museum in Guatemala City.

Vibrantly colored Resplendent Quetzals inhabit the cloud forests of the mountainous, tropical forests of Central America. To the Maya and Aztecs, this “Plumed Serpent” was linked to the god of rebirth and regeneration – Quetzalcoatl. During mating season, male quetzals grow twin tail feathers that form an amazing train up to three feet long. Their spectacular plumage ranges from iridescent emerald green to violet golden hues.

David Tomb is a co-founder of Jeepney Projects Worldwide, a partnering of benefit art projects and regional conservation groups working to inspire support and restore lost habitat of critically endangered birds. Their aim is to raise awareness and help endangered birds and other creatures around the world through the creation of artwork that celebrates these important wild things.

Iva Gueorguieva in New York

Electric Works announces the New York show of gallery artist Iva Gueorguieva. Her show of new paintings opened April 21 thru May 27 at Ameringer McEnery Yohe Gallery with a concurrent show at Bravin Lee programs. Iva has created Afternoon, a 24 x 18 poster/print for the show that is available in an edition of 200 signed. The price is $25 and available at Electric Works or on our website. Read a review of the show in the Village Voice. For more information on Iva or her work please contact Electric Works 415-626-5496.

In her work, Gueorguieva creates a multi-layered, multi-dimensional system of spaces. The lines, loops, colors and cutouts transform into a kinetic landscape shuttling the eye with strange rhythm. Gueorguieva uses oil and acrylic paint, collages muslin and paper, and cuts at times directly into the surface. Each piece develops along a singular path, following different procedures, resulting each time in a different balance of narrative and abstraction, figuration and motion.

Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe 525 West 22nd Street, NYC
BravinLee Program 526 West 26th Street, Suite 211 NYC

Pulitzer Party

Blandeur, a poem by Kay Ryan with artwork by Tucker Nichols

How Birds Sing, a book by Kay Ryan illustrated by Tucker Nichols

In an interview in The Wall Street Journal, Kay Ryan talks about The Best of It, the power of rhyming and terminal cancer and how she found out about winning the Pulitzer Prize.

Kay Ryan and friends celebrate the Pulitzer last night in Fairfax, CA

Everything is its own reward

For one night only Friday, April 29, 2011, 7-10pm, Paul Madonna invites fans of his series All Over Coffee to celebrate the release of his second book, Everything Is Its Own Reward, at an exhibition of more than two-dozen original drawings at Electric Works Gallery in San Francisco. Paul will be signing books in the gallery, surrounded by his highly rendered pen & ink drawings that range in size from 9×12 to 30×40 inches. The evening commemorates over 500 published All Over Coffee strips and seven years in the San Francisco Chronicle, and will be the launch of a national book tour, which includes events in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York and Chicago.

Drawing on site from a portable stool, Madonna’s work continues to delight, confound and inspire readers from all over the world. Starting in his hometown of San Francisco and traveling to more than 15 cities such as Paris, Rome, Buenos Aires and Tokyo, Paul Madonna offers his second body of drawings and writings. This stunning new collection, a testament to the artist and storyteller’s careful observation of both the external and internal worlds, outdoes the masterful performance of his first book, All Over Coffee, offering an even richer catalogue of pen-and-ink cityscapes, short stories, conversations and thoughts. Entertaining and moving, gorgeous to look at, Madonna’s work remains unique and unclassifiable. This full-color, hardbound edition comes complete with a removable poster.

Night of Pure Breathing

Electric Works is pleased to present on Friday, April 22 from 6:30-8 PM Gerald Fleming reading from Night of Pure Breathing just published by Hanging Loose Press, New York,

“These dark fables, written in a language ‘born of rage,’ furiously peel back the veneer of the world we think we know. Part fairy tale, part dream, these poems explore a region where the ordinary and the fantastic overlap, where a smile can get a job, and where identities are fluid and interchangeable. Many poems are set in exotic locations—Corfu, Bali, Mexico, Ukraine—but they all merge to create a discrete, elemental landscape, a poetic geography where this remarkable collection plays out.” – Gary Young

Gerald Fleming’s poetry and prose poems have appeared widely over the past thirty years. He has won numerous awards and fellowships, and between 1995 and 2000 he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review, whose archives can be found at U.C. Berkeley’s Bancroft Library. In 2005 his book of poems Swimmer Climbing onto Shore was published by Sixteen Rivers Press. He taught in the San Francisco public schools for thirty-seven years, and has published three books for teachers, the most recent of which is Rain, Steam, and Speed (Jossey-Bass/Wiley). He lives in Lagunitas, California.