Hung Liu

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Hung Liu, considered one of the most significant Chinese-American contemporary artists living today is featured this year in several several important exhibits in the Bay Area “Hung Liu: Offerings” runs through March 17 at the Mills College Art Museum, followed by a major retrospective of her work, “Summoning Ghosts,” at the Oakland Museum of California from March 16 through June 30. The show will then embark on a two-year national tour. And the San Jose Museum of Art, where she already has several works, offers a new exhibit, “Questions From the Sky: New Work by Hung Liu” June 6 through Sept. 29.

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In 2010 Liu created “Dirge” as a fund raiser for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. This special portfolio is still available. Contact Richard, (415) 626-5496. Proceeds support innovative programming for the SFCMP.

Cross Pollination

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There are many great reasons to visit Philly — the place for American history — home to the cheesesteak and Betsy Ross to name a few. But especially now until March 16 Talia Greene is presenting Cross Pollination at the Print Center.

Greene has covered the gallery space in a delicate filigree of dried stems, stamen, hair and insect parts influenced by Islamic and Western decorative motifs, as well as patterns found in nature. The wallpaper seems to be disintegrating as it is consumed by a swarm of bees, whose activity re-forms the components of the pattern into a honeycomb. Cross Pollination references the transmission of influences between cultures and even between species.

Tapestries

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Electric Works presents
Tapestries
February 15 – March 16, 2013
Artist Reception: Friday, February 15, 6-8 PM

In Tapestries Ann Diener continues her on going investigation of place and time. Her faceted interpretation of the urban landscape transposes into a multi-dimensional weave of patterns and space. Diener’s mixed media works on paper focus on Los Angeles where she currently works and lives.

Diener’s interest lies not only in the historical configuration of the city and land, but also with the juxtapositions and interactions of the myriad of cultures that live there. The drawings are concentrated meditations on place, complex tapestries of information, fractured narratives that combine personal history, architecture, sociology, patterning and objects.

Diener has an MFA from UC Santa Barbara and has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Southern California.

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Promise and Peril

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The natural world is in a state of constant flux. It seems that more and more often, we hear about the decline of yet another precious animal or plant species and the subsequent efforts to protect it from extinction. Isabella Kirkland continues to shed light on the ecological challenges we face. Gone (shown here) from her TAXA series depicts the sixty-three species that have all become extinct since the 1700s and the colonization of the New World. Electric Works is pleased to have printed the suite of six inkjet prints based on TAXA, presented in PROMISE AND PERIL: A STUDY IN BIODIVERSITY.

David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
Feb 7th – May 8th 2013

March 7th @7pm: Stewart Brand and Isabella Kirkland in conversation

Borneo!!!

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David Tomb and the intrepid Jeepney Projects Worldwide team will be traveling to Borneo at the end of February on the look out for such amazing creatures as the Clouded Leopard, Borneo Bristlehead, Sumatran Rhino, Great Argus, Pygmy Elephant, Hornbills, and one of the true Great Apes of the world, the Orangutan.

Stay tuned for their reports from the field.

Bon voyage
Selamat jalan

One era at a time…

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Just when you were wondering what day it is, Joey Sellers has come up with a timeless way to figure it out. Sellers spoke about his Periodic Calendar to a standing room only crowd last month at Electric Works. If you missed it, freelance writer Patricia Yollin filed this helpful full-page report to the SF Chronicle that was presented in Sunday’s paper.