Mills Building

Mills Chagoya_IMG_6200Mills Burkholtz_IMG_6194Mills_Minervini_IMG_6215Over the years, Electric Works has been privileged to work with a wide variety of artists from the Bay Area and beyond — always with a collaborative spirit and the hunger for trying something new. At the Mills Building you will see many proprietary techniques but, at the end of the day, you will see that our projects rest on good content as well as good technique.

It’s with that spirit we present some of our favorite projects over the last 18 years including work with Sandow Birk, Elaine Buckholtz, Enrique Chagoya, Hughen/Starkweather, Robert Minervini, and William T. Wiley.

The exhibit is part of a rotating program sponsored by the Mills Building for the pleasure of its tenants and visitors..

Visit the Mills Building
220 Montgomery Street
San Francisco
until December 12


Top: Enrique Chagoya                                                                                                Middle: Elaine Buckholtz                                                                                           Bottom: Robert Minervini


Miami Project

Dave_Eggers_what-did-you-do-when-you-were-there-smVisit Electric Works at Miami Project, Booth 822, featuring drawings by Dave Eggers.

Working in the vernacular of political propaganda posters, Dave Eggers deftly executes grease pencil drawings that feature an ongoing cast of fur-, feather-, and scale-bearing creatures.  What seems like an extraordinary balancing act of good humor and earnest pledges of allegiance, Eggers creates a menagerie that speaks to our very human condition.

Located in the Miami Project Pavilion on NE 34th Street & NE 1st Avenue, Miami Project will bring together the best in contemporary and modern art from sixty-­seven of the country’s top galleries to the heart of the Wynwood design district. Electric Works is thrilled to be a part of this exciting venue.

VIP PREVIEW:                                                                                                           Tuesday, December 2, 2014  5:30 ­ – 10:00 pm
General Fair Hours:                                                                                             Wednesday, December 3, 2014 ­ 10:00am to 7:00pm                                              Thursday, December 4, 2014 ­ 10:00am to 7:00pm                                                       Friday, December 5, 2014 ­ 10:00am ­ 8:00pm                                                           Saturday, December 6, 2014 ­ 10:00am ­ 7:00pm                                                         Sunday, December 7, 2014 ­ 10:00am ­ 6:00pm

In, out, and about

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA111712A1A3 Gaza (from the series Associated Press), acrylic paint and ink on wood panel, 34×34 inches, 2013

Amanda Hughen is in, out, and about this fall.

In our flat files we have great selection of work from her collaborative series with Jennifer Starkweather – Valediction; Approach, Transition, Touchdown, The San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge Project; The Airport Project; and Between Above and Below.

Out and about can see her work in three group shows.

Symbiosis: Art and Science Intersect

September 15 – October 16, 2014
Reception: Thursday, September 18  4 – 6pm

Agrella Art Gallery, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
Curated by Debra Lehane and Satri Pencak


Shoebox Orchestra

September 19 – November 14, 2014
Reception: Friday, September 19, 6 – 9 pm

ampersand international arts, 1001 Tennessee at 22nd, SF CA
Curated by Theodora Mauro



October 2 – December 15, 2014
Reception: Thursday, October 2, 6 – 9 pm

NWBLK, 1999 Bryant at 18th, SF CA
Curated by Heather Marx


Hughen with collaborator Jennifer Starkweather has been commissioned to create a permanent public artwork for the Central Subway station in Union Square in downtown San Francisco.This project of the San Francisco Arts Commission will open in 2017.



Put Your Stamp on Pride

Nicoletta_IMG_4917Dan Nicoletta, stopped by recently to autograph sheets of Harvey Milk Forever stamps. He was in town for the public dedication for the stamp, with ceremonies in the City Hall rotunda. The stamp was designed based on an image of Harvey Milk from a photograph taken by Nicoletta in 1977.

We are pleased to be able to offer this keepsake sheet of stamps for $9.80 plus a donation to the Harvey Milk Foundation.

The Harvey Milk Foundation is a global non-profit charitable organization that promotes Harvey Milk’s legacy through human rights education and global outreach efforts. Harvey Milk (1930-1978) became the first openly gay major elected official in the United States when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated in San Francisco’s City Hall in November 1978. The foundation was founded by Harvey’s nephew, Stuart Milk, and Anne Kronenberg, Harvey’s campaign manager and political aide. For more information on the Harvey Milk Foundation, please visit:

Contact to purchase a sheet of stamps and make your donation.

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The HARVEY MILK® image is licensed by the Harvey Milk Foundation.
© 2014 U.S.Postal Service
Photo by Daniel Nicoletta circa 1977

In the mail

harveymilkThe White House celebrated Harvey Milk Day on May 22 with the dedication of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp. On Wednesday May 28 the public is invited to attend the 3:30 p.m.
dedication ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco.

The stamp image is based on a circa 1977 black-and-white photograph of Milk in front of his Castro Street Camera store in San Francisco taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Grants Pass, Oregon.

Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.

The postal service said Milk’s “achievements gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.”

Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.





For their project Re:depiction, Hughen/Starkweather invited staff from the Asian Art Museum to describe from memory an artwork from the museum’s collection. The artists then used the words from each interview to create an abstract work on paper. On the night of the event, Hughen/Starkweather’s abstraction will be shown as large hanging scrolls alongside sound pieces comprised of interview excerpts. Viewers will be provided with maps to locate the original works in the museum, and will be invited to submit their own memory of an artwork of their choice.

Thursday, May 22, 6:30 – 9 pm
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA, across from City Hall

Free with museum admission ($5 after 5pm)


Pretty Pretty


Dave Schubert’s deep commitment to documenting life on the street and his scholarship of the history of photography equal a powerful body of work. Often risking his own well-being Schubert makes images very few of us would dare to take, even if we were to witness them.


Dave Schubert’s Suicide Days and Nights through April 1 at The Pretty Pretty Collective. PPC, gallery and salon, strives to enrich with inspiring art and a vibrant culture of talent.
3290 22nd Street at Valencia.

Day of Giving


All proceeds from the sale of Dave Eggers’ drawings will go to ScholarMatch, a 501(c)3 which connects under-resourced students with resources, schools, and donors to make college possible. We have just listed over 50 new drawings on our site—click here to view.

Walls full? Not ready for an art purchase? You can still help send a low-income student to college and follow your student’s educational journey by donating to ScholarMatch here:

In short, we are pleased to work with Dave, pleased to work with ScholarMatch—they do really important work that directly helps our neighbors and community members.

Drawings can be purchased by emailing Noah Lang,
and may be viewed here.



Tract: Hughen/Starkweather presents in three exhibitions the solo work of Jennifer Starkweather and Amanda Hughen alongside the collaborative work of Hughen/Starkweather. Their work encompasses both the macro – a large extent of land, and the micro – a nerve system within a human body, transcending the idea of scale.

San Marco Gallery
Dominican University
San Rafael

Artist reception
Saturday November 16
4-6 PM