The Art of Saving Birds

Kudos to David Tomb. His Border Troop is now in the collection of the Consulate General of the United States, Tijuana – prominently displayed in the newest Embassy in the world and one of the largest.

“Making artwork of the birds is a way to connect and personalize my experience of seeing the birds.” Tomb relates.“The ultimate goal is to have people think: ‘That animal is incredible.'”

Read more in the Huffington Post about Tomb’s efforts to use his art to save endangered birds.

And you can see his latest installation
Jeepney Projects Worldwide: Vanishing Birds of the Phillipines
Feb. 2 – 29
The Bone Room, 1573 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, California
Artist Talk: Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

Buy a print and support the work of Jeepney Projects Worldwide.

Westerhout and Haynes

January 13- February 18
Artist Reception: Friday, January 13, 6-8 PM

Electric Works is pleased to announce At Long Last Katherine Westerhout’s third solo show in the main gallery. In this exhibition Westerhout continues her exploration of urban disused architectural spaces including such locations as Oakland, California; Yonkers, New York; Liberty, New York; Rantoul, Illinois; and Gary Indiana, among others. In this new body of work Westerhout still maintains her strict guidelines for photographing —only using available light and no staging of the areas in which she photographs—and these restrictions only add to the power of the rich highly detailed photographs she has generated for this exhibition. From a series shot at the one-time glamorous getaway known as Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel, where outside vegetation is literally taking over the vast swimming hall to the poetic but decaying Palace Theatre from Gary, Indiana, Westerhout’s work documents not only the beauty of a bygone era, but also comments on where America has been and reflects on where it is going.

Westerhout received her B.A. in Art/Photography from San Francisco State University and began exhibiting in the late 1990’s. She has shown widely in the United States and abroad. Among her collectors are the San Jose Museum of Art and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University.

Electric Works is pleased to welcome back to the Project Space visual and sound artist Jim Haynes. Haynes creates almost-abstract images via a unique photographic and rust process. The resulting images feel like half-remembered dreams of the American landscape. Haynes is also branching out in new directions with this show: color photography is making its first appearance in his work at the gallery. This body of work not only contrasts nicely with the almost-black and white nature of his earlier work, but also reveals Haynes as a sensitive and subtle creator of photographic images, no matter the medium.

Jim Haynes lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Exploratorium (San Francisco), Westspace (Melbourne, Australia), Diapason (New York), Jack Straw Productions (Seattle), Works (San Jose), Eyedrum (Atlanta), The Fugitive Art Center (Nashville), and Varnish (San Francisco). He writes about sound art, noise culture, minimalism, and general music experimentation for The Wire, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Metro Pulse, The Sound Projector, and Chunklet.

First First Saturday

Join us to tomorrow from 2-4 PM for the first First Saturday.

Yes, we will be serving up cookies and hot chocolate and inspired by Robert Barnes illustrated lunch bags our “creation station” will be set up for the decorating of brown bags with markers and stickers and the hair dryer will be poised ready to reveal the magic of Jordan Crane’s Keep Our Secrets and our store is stocked full of McSweeney McMullens titles for some great 2012 reading.

This weekend inaugurates the San Francisco Art Dealers Association’s First Saturday program, in which member galleries each month will host various events.