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.


55 States, hand-drawn lithograph by Lordy Rodriguez

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


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

Open House

Open house events for the Public Utilities Commission’s new headquarters at 525 Golden Gate will take place on Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This exciting LEED Platinum certified building willl be home to an amazing collection of art including works by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, David Tomb, Hughen/Starkweather, Katherine Westerhout, and others.

The public is invited to sign up for a tour.

Celebrate the Golden Gate

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge with this beautiful boxed set of prints. Created by advertising icon and Bay Area resident Rich Silverstein as a benefit for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, these prints (12″ x 20″ each) represent Silverstein’s personal passion for the Bridge and capture the reverence and exhilaration that millions of visitors feel upon seeing the Landmark span. Electric Works is proud to be the printer of these fine images.

We are IN

We are IN our new location. Artist services, printing, scanning and production are open and ready for business. The dust is still settling, but we’re thrilled to introduce you to our new space.

We are still building out our gallery space and will be returning to our exhibition schedule in the coming year.

Our new location is 1360 Mission Street
(between 9th and 10th Streets)

Hours: Monday–Friday 10–5

That’s right — it’s a MOVING SALE!

That’s right — it’s a MOVING SALE!
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
March 15–17 from 11am – 5pm

We will be offering amazing, ridiculous deals on our bookstore merchandise! We are offering deep discounts on all of our store merchandise, mini-prints and some art treasures that have been stashed away. Our flat flies will be open and we will have special offers on editions. And much, much more!

Books 40-70% off
Store Merchandise 50% off
All Mini-Prints 50% off

New Hours: While we complete our transition to our new space, please note the following new business hours: Monday–Friday 11-5. Artist services, printing, scanning and production will be open throughout our transition. Gallery programming will be on hold temporarily.

Once our move is complete, we’ll let you know where to come to visit us in our new home.

The Electric Works Team

New Hours

Friends of Electric Works: we are moving! We’ve had five great years in our space, but it has come to an end.

While in the process of moving, we will be open:
Monday–Friday, 11-5.
Artist services, printing, scanning and production will be open throughout our transition. Gallery programming will be on hold temporarily.

Once our move is complete, we’ll let you know where to come to visit us in our new home.


The Electric Works Team.