Cross Pollination

Talia Greene presents Cross Pollination, at the Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek,
Captured: Specimens in Contemporary Art
September 6 – November 18, 2012
Reception Thursday, September 6, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In Cross Pollination Greene continues her exploration of the contradictory associations we have with insects, and the way in which those tensions can complicate our understanding of ourselves, and our place in the natural world. She writes in her description of Weaver Colony, Electric Works, 2010. “As pests and interlopers in our homes, insects elicit an uncomfortable feeling of loosing control of our bodies and surroundings. From a distance, their chaotic nature feels menacing and contrary to the order of human society. A closer analysis reveals a more complex balance between chaos and organization.”

Geometria Concretus

Electric Works is pleased to present Geometria Concretus, mixed media art work by Lucy Puls, September 7 – October 6 with a reception Friday, September 7, 6-8 PM at 1360 Mission Street in San Francisco.

Puls’ work has centered around ‘stuff’ — our possessions, objects and items which are so important in our day-to-day lives. It is these possessions, specifically the discarded ones, which consume Puls’ interest. The latest examples of these disposable possessions that Puls works with is the center of the American dream: our homes.

Since early 2009 Puls has been photographing interiors of “used up” homes. It is difficult to enter these stripped bare spaces, both from the practical level of gaining access and the psychological level of entering a space where some disharmony has occurred. The immediate punch of simmering emotion and decay, with its reek of disruption and intractability, growls regression – these rooms now exist in a more primal state. This potent atmosphere reinforces the perception of encroachment on a private topography that causes ones heart to flutter – it seems wrong to trespass. Strangely, as it always seems odd given the rawness of the setting, these spaces are loaded with striking vestiges of banality: glow-in-the-dark stars on a ceiling, nails evenly spaced where pictures once hung, or carpet indentations from furniture and repeated traffic. There was a time when normal everyday life happened here. In contrast to the ordinariness are the physical materials that make up these spaces, so brutally used up and disordered, ground down and ground upon, that walls and surfaces emerge as a type of chronicle. Its a peculiar, chaotic, beautiful, repellent read.

In Geometria Concretus, Puls centers on issues of control and surrender inspired by our culture’s constant shifting of desire. By tracking possessions that are materially, technologically, and/or psychologically expired – passageways to the collective conscience are traversed.

Lucy Puls received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design. Puls’ work has been exhibited internationally and she is represented in numerous collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum, the Kent and Vicki Logan Collection, and the Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Village, OH. Puls is a Professor of Art at University of California, Davis.

Housewarming

55 States, hand-drawn lithograph by Lordy Rodriguez

Housewarming
at Electric Works
Saturday, August 25, 5-8 PM

Come join us for our housewarming party, the public opening of our brand new location at 1360 Mission Street between 9th and 10th. We’ll have food trucks, refreshments and you’ll be able to tour our new gallery and artist studio space.

We’re so excited to show you our new digs and look forward to settling in to our home.

In our new location we are doing what we have done for years: serving the fine art community as a producer, publisher, gallery, educator, and dealer of limited-edition prints. We have state-of-the-art equipment in our full-service digital imaging department from our 4×5 digital camera to our 5-foot wide archival printer. We offer the most complete digital fine art services in the Bay Area: from scanning to digital printing, portfolio archiving to limited edition book design.

The Store at Electric Works features unusual, eccentric, found-nowhere-else artist-created multiples, magazines, books, catalogs, flocked piggy banks and other unique, unusual items ranging in price from $5.00 to $500.00.

In our gallery we exhibit projects published by Electric Works and a diverse selection of contemporary fine art from emerging, mid-career and established artists. Stay tuned for our fall lineup of dynamic exhibitions.

Store and artist services M–F 10–5
Gallery summer hours T–F 1–5

Planktown

Mission Street was once known as “Mission Plank Road” (early 1850s) and was in fact a toll road made from planks that kept sinking into the bog that emerged just south of 7th and Market, known to hydrologists as the “Mighty Hayes River.” The UN Plaza fountain gets its water from that river, as did City Hall once upon a time. Our neighborhood, roughly the Mission Street area between 8th and 10th needed a name, so Planktown Neighbors acknowledges this history.

Electric Works Gallery is now at 1360 Mission Street between 9th and 10th. Stop by for a tour of our new facility and an in-depth look at some of the exciting projects we have in the works.

Store and artist services M–F 10–5
Gallery summer hours T–F 1–5