Pleased to present

Electric Works is pleased to present the work of Scott Serrano in our Main Gallery
and Amber Stucke in our Extension Gallery.
March 22 – May 4
Opening reception Friday, March 22, 6-8 PM

Serrano invites us in to Picturesque Flora Wallaceana : Botanical Ambulations In Greater Wallaceana 1854- 1857 a fabricated 19th Century science narrative about the tropical island of Wallaceana in an installation of images, text and artifacts.
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In Parasitic, Mutualistic, Commensalistic Relationships, Stucke is exhibiting a series of small works that explore and investigate the idea of symbiosis through an intensive drawing relationship interconnecting evolutionary biology, consciousness, philosophy of mind, and the imagination.
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Picturesque Flora Wallaceana

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March 22 – May 4
Opening reception Friday, March 22, 6-8 PM

Electric Works is pleased to present Scott Serrano’s Picturesque Flora Wallaceana : Botanical Ambulations In Greater Wallaceana 1854- 1857 a fabricated 19th Century science narrative about the tropical island of Wallaceana as an installation of images, text and artifacts. This invented landscape is named after the great 19th Century naturalist and scientist Alfred Russell Wallace, the lesser known co-discoverer of the theory of evolution. Serrano places himself as a character in the narrative and documents the terrain with drawings, travel journals, artifacts, faux plant specimens and fabricated photographs. 

In an homage to 19th Century traditions of botanical exploration and in a critique of objective scientific representation, Serrano uses his invented island to illustrate a series of brief parables about modern human moral frailty and current social-political battles. Serrano’s lavish botanical drawings are in the style of Gothic- Romantic traditions of painting and scientific illustration.

After traditional art training at San Jose State University and San Francisco State University, Serrano gravitated to performance art. His complex masked puppetry works were presented at The Cleveland Performance Art Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Cherry Creek Arts Festival (Colorado), and Jim Henson Puppetry Festival, New York. His puppetry/ masked work culminated in “Anatomical Demonstrations”, a 19th Century period lecture that received an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts grant for a residency at the Exploratorium. His interest in the creation of  parallel universes led to his current work with the re-creation of 19th Century objects and installations that have been featured at the Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York, Samuel Dorsky Museum at the State University of New Paltz, New York and at Cabrillo College Gallery.

Parasitic, Mutualistic, Commensalistic Relationships

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March 22 – May 4
Opening reception Friday, March 22, 6-8 PM

Electric Works Extension is pleased to present Parasitic, Mutualistic, Commensalistic Relationships small works by Amber Stucke. The works in this show are an extension of Stucke’s long term project on symbiosis. This project explores and investigates the idea of symbiosis through an intensive drawing relationship interconnecting evolutionary biology, consciousness, philosophy of mind, and the imagination.  By combining experiential and rational knowledge systems together within drawings, Stucke appropriates from visual taxonomies to create conversations between local knowledge systems of the human body and scientific classification structures. The drawings specifically look at parasitic, mutualistic, and commensalistic relationships of fungus, algae, lichen and moss under the biological study of symbiosis. 

Stucke received her MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and has also had additional studies at Goldsmith’s College in London and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Primarily working within the mediums of painting and drawing, Stucke connects the strong detail in her work to ideas within artistic research as-well-as to dialogues between art and science.  Her work is project based and involves interdisciplinary investigations within artistic production.  Her thesis titled Embodying Symbiosis: A Philosophy of Mind in Drawing is published in an international academic journal called Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, which is based in the UK.   

Finalists/Final Comments

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The San Francisco Arts Commission has been working with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to develop a comprehensive public art program to be integrated into the design of the Central Subway system. Scheduled to open in 2018, the transit system will include three subway stations and one above-ground platform. The Yerba Buena/Moscone station will include an integrated two-dimensional artwork located on a prominent wall in the ticketing hall.

After a national call for artists and a competitive panel review, three projects were selected as finalists. Congratulations to Kota Ezawa; Hughen/Starkweather; and Leslie Shows.

You may view the proposals in person and make comments at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts or online, March 13- 24. On March 25 the comments will be summarized and shared with the Final Selection Panel on March 29.