Best in Show

Featuring drawings by Dave Eggers, our booth is voted one of the BEST in show at Miami Project. And the first image up on this video whirlwind tour is of our booth.

VIDEO: 60 Works in 60 Seconds at Miami Project 2015

Good going Richard and Noah, the EW team in Miami, for presenting such strong work in a show-stopping installation.

photo 1After you visit our solo booth with Dave Eggers stop by our pals Open Editions and pick up a t-shirt featuring work by Dave! Miami TAnd if you can’t make it to Miami, you can purchase online the portfolio, It’s right to Draw Their Fur.

My Life Completely

tombstoneAlthough poet Brent Reiten created this tombstone in the 1980’s he is still very much alive.

Jason Tesauro recently discovered a copy of Transient Sex in a thrift store in Virginia and the article about his find has sparked a revival in Brent. Plus, maybe best of all, Brent now has an official listing at The Poetry Foundation.

Electric Works is pleased to be selling Transient Sex in our bookstore. You can order here.


Dave Eggers at ArtMRKT

Electric Works presents
Dave Eggers at ArtMRKT
to benefit ScholarMatch
May 15-18, Booth 109, Fort Mason Center


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.

Dave Eggers studied painting and art history at the University of Illinois before realizing he probably wasn’t good enough to live as an artist. After college he worked as an illustrator, cartoonist and designer, before again realizing he wasn’t good enough at these things to continue doing them full-time. Subsequently he wrote books and continues to write books. He’s also the founder of McSweeney’s and 826 Valencia.

Proceeds from the sales of drawings go directly toward investing in San Francisco Bay Area students heading off to college. ScholarMatch is a new project of 826 National that matches donors with students needing funds for college tuition. At ScholarMatch students post profiles, and donors can learn about scholars in their community who need assistance. To try to boost the ability of ScholarMatch to meet the need of its many students, Electric Works is helping to sell over 40 new drawings by Eggers. With tuitions rising everywhere, there are about 100 students profiled on the ScholarMatch website who need funds for college.

To learn more about ScholarMatch

To view Eggers drawings

Visit Electric Works at Booth 109, ArtMRKT, Fort Mason

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.

Where are they now?

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Have you been wondering what Kris Lang, former digital imager at Electric Works, is up to now? Even though hanging out with her growing kids is more than a full-time job, she has kept her hand in the art world in a very active way. Over the past year, she has been doing photo retouching and digital printmaking at the studio of Leo vanMunching. This weekend you will have a chance to have a look into his studio thanks to ArtSpan’s Open Studios. Come see his large-format documents of San Francisco architecture and intimate portraits of this city’s residents at Open Studios this weekend at 754 Clementina St., from 11-6 on Saturday and Sunday.


Recent Work


Electric Works presents
Recent Work by Dave Schubert
November 1- 30
Opening reception Friday, November 1, 6-8 PM

Please join us for Dave Schubert’s first solo show at the gallery. 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. The body of work will focus on images made in the Bay Area over the last decade, including many never-before-exhibited photographs. Schubert will be using both the main gallery and our project space to install this work which will include black and white and color photographs.

APE 2013


We’re going APE – Alternative Expo Press, that is.
Visit us at booth #759
We will be featuring the best of our books, comics, prints and t-shirts.
This Saturday, October 12
11-7 PM
This Sunday, October 13
11-6 PM

Concourse Exhibition Center
835 8th Street
San Francisco

In the house


Our own Kay Ryan will be in the house- the White House on Wednesday, July 10 to receive the National Humanities Medal. She is being honored “for her contributions as a poet and educator. A former poet laureate of the United States, her witty and compact verse infused with subtle wordplay, reminds us of the power of language to evoke wisdom from the ordinary,” the White House said in its press release. Inaugurated in 1997, the National Humanities Medal recognizes individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities.

Electric Works is honored to have collaborated with her and Tucker Nichols to produce a broadside of her poem Blandeur.


If it please God,
let less happen.
Even out Earth’s
rondure, flatten
Eiger, blanden
the Grand Canyon.
Make valleys
slightly higher,
widen fissures
to arable land,
remand your
terrible glaciers
and silence
their calving,
halving or doubling
all geographical features
toward the mean.
Unlean against our hearts.
Withdraw your grandeur
from these parts.