Passport 2012

Presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries

Passport is an annual DIY art collecting event benefiting the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries. Since 2009, Passport, has been bringing together a new lineup of celebrated Bay Area artists each year and inviting the public to create a limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a custom edition Moleskine “passport” notebook. This year, from noon to 4 pm, join hundreds of do-it-yourself art collectors and take to the streets of North Beach, following a designated route, to collect stamps from the artists themselves. While discovering some of the brightest spots in North Beach you can enjoy the people and small businesses that define the neighborhood’s unique cultural character.

Death and Taxes in Fantasylandia

Enrique Chagoya takes on the subject of the Recession, Wall Street and the economy in Death and Taxes in Fantasylandia at the Sonoma County Museum until November 4. Chagoya in his statement for the show writes, “My satires are just a way to release my frustrations and anxieties with the world as I see it, hopefully with some sense of humor. I have yet more questions than answers. Answers may need to be provided by a collective effort and perhaps a massive protest with specific measures of change. Art does not change the world, but the people through civic actions do. Necessity and not ideologies will bring change. Meanwhile we live a fantasy world sweetened by dominant paradigms.”

Hit the jackpot and save the world with 2012: Super-Bato Saves the World, 2009, customized slot machine, coins and payout cups.

With good humor Chagoya expresses his feelings about money and power in Pyramid Scheme, 2009, archival pigment prints on cans.

Grand Birds

For months David Tomb has been working on a series of mixed-media works celebrating the Grand Birds of the Philippines. Here is a sneak peak from his studio of the works in progress. Mark your calendar for Friday, October 12 for the opening reception 6-8 PM. Tomb’s exhibition in conjunction with Jeepney Projects Worldwide will feature luminous and colorful paper assemblages with subtle low relief elements that help convey spatial depth as well as the ambiguous and mysterious jungle terrain of Mindanao.

Cut Outs

Electric Works is pleased to be working with Carmen Lomas Garza on two public art commissions. Our artist services staff scanned and vectorized the images and prepared them for cutting.

AltaMed, a medical organization in Los Angeles commissioned Garza to create the designs for a sculptural fence for the roof top terrace at their headquarters. The metal cutout fence is 72 feet long, 6 feet high, in 14 sections made of 3/16 inch steel laser cut and powder coated black. Behind each section is a sheet of frosted glass installed 3 inches back from the cutout; the frosted glass is backlit at night.

New Hope Housing in Houston transformed a rundown motel into a building for low-income residents. Garza designed murals that were mounted on the front of the building providing a welcome for residents and an exhibition for passersby.

Our artist services staff are trained in photography, printmaking, sculpture or painting and have years of combined experience working collaboratively with artists to produce something more than a reproduction. The digital imagers and printmakers at Electric Works can tackle any project: from initial design, to color correction; from typography to book printing; from photography to woodblock printing, there is no project beyond our scope.

Garza’s projects are great examples of the ways Electric Works helps artists to realize their biggest visions.

OUTside INside

Come on in this evening to see what’s on the inside of Electric Works new gallery space. From 6-8 PM we will be hosting an opening reception for Geometria Concretus, mixed media art work by Lucy Puls.

Since 2009, Puls has focused on the interiors of used up homes. In particular, homes that have been occupied for a long time and now are bank owned. In Geometria Concretus she shows us the vestiges of domestic life: glow-in-the-dark stars on a ceiling, nails evenly spaced where pictures once hung, or carpet indentations from furniture and repeated traffic.

Out and About

Burning Man is over and the crisp autumn air is quickening the pace, so its time to get out and about in the Bay Area. Mark your calendar for these not to be missed events:

Enrique Chagoya: Death and Taxes in Fantasylandia
September 23 – November 4, 2012
Opening reception Saturday, September 22 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Noted Bay Area artist Enrique Chagoya takes on the subject of the Recession, Wall Street and the economy in this exhibition titled “Death and Taxes in Fantasylandia” at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. Chagoya is internationally known for his witty and pointed commentary on politics and cultural issues, which he delivers in diverse artworks including paintings, drawings, prints and Electric Works’ 2012: Super Bato Saves the World slot machine. Chagoya will speak about his work at the museum October 11, 6:00-7:30 pm.

The SFAC Market Street Poster Series celebrating San Francisco ends the week of October 1. Meet Paul Madonna and his wife and collaborator Joen Madonna at a closing party and poster signing.

Rio Grande bar 1108 Market Street (between 7th and Jones streets)
Friday, September 28 from 4 to 8 pm
There will be music by beloved Castro Theater organist David Hegarty, one of the artists featured in the poster series.