First Look

0078d887-c439-4fdc-a8a3-249530a9cc1aPlease join us for the opening of Hughen/Starkweather’s First Look on September 3 and a walk-through of their project Re:depiction at the Asian Art Museum on September 10.

First Look, an exhibition of recent acquisitions at the Asian Art Museum, includes Re:depiction, in which Hughen/Starkweather interviewed staff from the Asian Art Museum and asked them to describe an artwork from the museum collection from memory. Without having seen the described artworks, the artists created abstract works on paper based only on the interview recordings. The works on paper are accompanied by sound recordings and a map. By using the map to find the original works in the museum, viewers close the loop connecting memory, language, translation, and personal experience.
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To see images and download a catalogue of the project:

For more information about the show:

First Look, Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco
September 4 – October 11, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, September 3, 6-9 pm
Artists’ Talk + Walk-through: Thursday, September 10, 6:30-7:30pm

Happy 80th


Electric Works has entered into a formal agreement with the San Francisco Arts Commission to photograph and create an edition of archival pigment prints based on murals found inside Coit Tower, Collection of the City and County of San Francisco. A portion of the sales will benefit ArtCare, a dedicated fund that supports the ongoing care and maintenance of the Civic Art Collection. Help us preserve San Francisco’s legacy by purchasing a print today! –

Join with us on Tuesday, October 8, from 6- 9 PM to celebrate the 80th birthday of the Coit Tower.

Live Worms Gallery
1345 Grant Avenue



Coming and going the new Bay Bridge is a stunning achievement- not only in the sweep of its sleek skyway and the luminous vertical lines of suspension but also in the feeling of grandeur and openness it brings to the experience of making the crossing.

On Friday evening with artists Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather we will celebrate the opening of the Bay Bridge and this feat of engineering with a reception for Valediction.

In Valediction, Hughen/Starkweather create collaborative artworks that explore the layers, complexities, and patterns that comprise a specific place using both current and historic information, photographs, maps, and data to research a location. The resulting artworks map unique forms and patterns derived from built systems and natural movements of a place.


September 6 – October 19, 2013

Opening reception: Friday, September 6, 6-8 PM

Save the date


Valediction is a new series of works on paper by Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather that focuses on the soon-to-be demolished East Span of the Bay Bridge.
As the new bridge nears completion, the original East Span, which has been a part of the daily landscape of hundreds of thousands of commuters, will soon exist only in our collective memory. In Valediction, the artists explore this idea, as well as the past and future of the East Span, including its construction 75 years ago as a railroad bridge, the 1989 earthquake damage that predestined its eventual replacement, and its future as an abandoned structure on the Bay as it is dismantled over the next few years.

September 6 – October 19, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, September 6, 6-8 PM

Birds in Bolinas

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Keith Hansen: Birds of the Sierra Nevada

For the past 15 years well-loved Bolinas wildlife artist Keith Hansen has been meticulously illustrating the birds of the Sierra Nevada. In conjunction with the release of the long-awaited book Birds of the Sierra Nevada this exhibition features a selection of 70 original color plates printed by Electric Works depicting over 1,400 birds used as illustrations in the book. 

Birds of the Sierra Nevada, a beautifully illustrated and user-friendly book, presents the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region.

June 29 – August 25
Saturday June 29: Exhibition Preview 2 PM, Opening Reception 3-5 PM

Bolinas Museum
48 Wharf Road
Bolinas, CA

After Glow: As the Wick Burns

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Robert Minervini
After Glow: As the Wick Burns
May 10—June 29

Artist Reception, Friday, May 10, 6-8 PM

In After Glow: As the Wick Burns Robert Minervini addresses the ecological impact of humanity on the landscape. In a group of thirteen new paintings and drawings of floral still lifes, literal and metaphorical quotations from traditional European vanitas paintings have been recontextualized in contemporary environments. The flora and fauna depicted in these works are currently listed as endangered wildlife in California. These present day memento mori directly reference the traditional form and function of vanitas paintings—which acted as symbolic reminders of the inevitability of death—by depicting local wildlife that is in the process of extinction.

The subtitle “As the Wick Burns” is a poetic adaptation of a familial saying which Minervini would use whenever preparing to depart from family gatherings. In Molfetesse, Minervini’s family’s regional language, the expression “Sa squagghiate la cer” roughly translates as “the candle wick is about to burn out,” meaning our time together is coming to an end. Minervini often found this saying to be bittersweet, and it echoes the notion of time fleeting presented in his work.

Ranging in scale from intimate to grand, and in style from abstract to realistic, these highly meticulous and layered artworks vacillate in a space that is both symbolic and illusionistic. Using predominantly acrylic paint, and mixed media such as paper and cellophane, the materiality and physicality of these works in close proximity is contradictory to the slick appearance that they take on at a distance. At moments, paint skins scraped up from the palette are collaged into and on top of layers to create flower forms. In contrast, highly rendered moments intermingle with swatches of spray-painted forms and shapes to create a visual weaving and density that mimics the effect of looking into an elaborate bouquet of flowers.

The flowers in these works have been chosen for their symbolism of aesthetic beauty and the way in which they simultaneously signify ecological disaster in a specific time and place. Through this body of work, Minervini poses the question: What is the greater cultural significance of depicting something that is both beautiful and a sign of something profoundly tragic?

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.

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.

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.   



Electric Works presents
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.

Tuesday- Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM