Periodic Calendar

Electric Works presents
Periodic Calendar
Saturday, January 19, 2-3 PM

Electric Works is pleased to present the Periodic Calendar, a new breakthrough in temporal technology, created by Joey Sellers and conceptual art think tank Ape Con Myth.

Modeled on the periodic table of elements, the Periodic Calendar reveals the full landscape of possible days by categorizing years based on their first day of the week. In this new system, the days of the month shatter into the isotopes of multiple elements, creating a perpetual calendar capable of exploring past, present and future dates as never before.

Ape Con Myth’s work revolves around the search for new possibilities within reality by rewiring the abstract structures governing it and for five years has produced variations on the traditional wall calendar in an effort to change the way the world thinks about and experiences time.

Please join us on Saturday, January 19th from 2-3 PM to get a glimpse of the future with the creator of the Periodic Calendar. Sellers will give a short talk about what Type of Year 2013 will be and help the curious find their Birth Elements.

You can also participate in Ape Con Myth’s Calendar Trade-In Program by bringing in your new, yet hopelessly outdated, regular wall calendars for a $5 discount on the Periodic Calendar.

Monday—Saturday 11-5

Life After Murder

Electric Works
1360 Mission between 9th and 10th
Tuesday, June 26
6:00 – 8:30 PM

Life After Murder, by Nancy Mullane is an intimately report­ed, utterly compelling account of five convicted murderers sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Mullane introduces Don Cronk, Eddie Ramirez, Philip Seiler, Jesse Reed and Richard Rael and follows their struggles for redemption, their legal battles to make good on the state’s promise of parole, and the challenge of resuming, twenty-plus years down the road, the lives they left behind when they were young, stupid and selfish. After decades in prison their second chance, if it comes at all, is the challenge of a lifetime.

In Life After Murder, published by Public Affairs, Nancy Mullane challenges readers to learn about a community of people who have largely been hidden from public view and the road they travel in search of redemption.

Author Nancy Mullane and the five subjects of Life After Murder will be signing books in our store. In tandem with the book release, Elisabeth Fall’s life-size documentary photographs of the five men profiled in the book will be on view. 10% of the proceeds from the sale of the photographs will go to the Prison University Project. A video by Gabe Maxson documenting the first meeting of the five men outside of prison will premier.

Nancy Mullane develops, reports, and produces feature stories for Public Radio International’s This American Life, National Public Radio and the NPR affiliate KALW News-Crosscurrents in San Francisco. With the support of the Open Society Foundation, she is producing a two-hour radio documentary telling the audio stories of men and women convicted of murder. The two-hour, four-part documentary will air nationally in 2012. She is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists, the Association of Independents in Radio, and the International Women’s Media Foundation. In 2011, Nancy was the recipient of a National Edward R. Murrow Award.

Life After Murder has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Sandhill Cranes

Electric Works is thrilled to have printed the panels for Marcia Stuermer’s much awaited art commission for the Sacramento International Airport that will be unveiled to the public October 2011. This installation is a fine example of our consultation and production services for large-scale projects such as this. The suspended and backlit ceiling 16’ x 52’ is located in the high security baggage claim area of the new International Terminal and will embody the archetypical notion of travel with dreamy, translucent imagery of migrating birds soaring overhead that appear to be X-rayed along with traveler’s baggage.

Stuermer chose to use the imagery of Sandhill Cranes inspired by the fact that the Sacramento Central Valley is located in the middle of the Pacific Flyway zone where these migratory birds have traveled their twice yearly route between Alaska and Patagonia for centuries.

The ceiling inset is composed of 26 translucent acrylic panels in a watery blue-green simultaneously simulating sky and water that are backlit via a programmed, energy-efficient LED system and installed as a single visual field flush with and within the maple veneer perimeter of the existing acoustic ceiling panels in International Arrivals area. Stuermer digitally composed and manipulated the foreground imagery of a flock of Sandhill Cranes in flight, which were then printed on clear film with archival pigmented inks on our Epson 11880. The flock is visually oriented to be traveling away from the baggage claim area, providing a subliminal way-finding mechanism to the weary traveler as well as echoing the intended flow pattern within the airport space. This ‘flow’ will be subtly enhanced by the programming of the LED lighting that will simulate movement of the dreamlike water background from one end of the installation to the other.

With no two images alike, each crane image is a high-contrast, digitally created photographic composite of both the crane’s body and skeleton in flight that playfully and conceptually mimics the x-ray scanning of baggage as well as depicting the subtle discovery of underlying layers of information, meaning and structure in our world.

For project inquiries, please email Kris Lang,
or phone 415-626-5496.

Plumed Serpent

David Tomb has captured the rare beauty of Resplendent Quetzals and their environs in “Kukul” a watercolor, gouache, and graphite work on paper. “Kukul” which means “feathered” was featured in his 2008 show at Ohlone College. The nine-panel work (124.5″ x 88.5″) will be permanently installed in the newly refurbished galleries of the Natural History Museum in Guatemala City.

Vibrantly colored Resplendent Quetzals inhabit the cloud forests of the mountainous, tropical forests of Central America. To the Maya and Aztecs, this “Plumed Serpent” was linked to the god of rebirth and regeneration – Quetzalcoatl. During mating season, male quetzals grow twin tail feathers that form an amazing train up to three feet long. Their spectacular plumage ranges from iridescent emerald green to violet golden hues.

David Tomb is a co-founder of Jeepney Projects Worldwide, a partnering of benefit art projects and regional conservation groups working to inspire support and restore lost habitat of critically endangered birds. Their aim is to raise awareness and help endangered birds and other creatures around the world through the creation of artwork that celebrates these important wild things.

Everything is its own reward

For one night only Friday, April 29, 2011, 7-10pm, Paul Madonna invites fans of his series All Over Coffee to celebrate the release of his second book, Everything Is Its Own Reward, at an exhibition of more than two-dozen original drawings at Electric Works Gallery in San Francisco. Paul will be signing books in the gallery, surrounded by his highly rendered pen & ink drawings that range in size from 9×12 to 30×40 inches. The evening commemorates over 500 published All Over Coffee strips and seven years in the San Francisco Chronicle, and will be the launch of a national book tour, which includes events in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York and Chicago.

Drawing on site from a portable stool, Madonna’s work continues to delight, confound and inspire readers from all over the world. Starting in his hometown of San Francisco and traveling to more than 15 cities such as Paris, Rome, Buenos Aires and Tokyo, Paul Madonna offers his second body of drawings and writings. This stunning new collection, a testament to the artist and storyteller’s careful observation of both the external and internal worlds, outdoes the masterful performance of his first book, All Over Coffee, offering an even richer catalogue of pen-and-ink cityscapes, short stories, conversations and thoughts. Entertaining and moving, gorgeous to look at, Madonna’s work remains unique and unclassifiable. This full-color, hardbound edition comes complete with a removable poster.

News from Midway

Join us April 1, 6-8 PM for the opening reception of Whale, 2011 where we will be presenting Chris Jordan’s Midway: Message from the Gyre, a twelve-image portfolio of photographs. Jordan documents albatross chicks on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

Chris Jordan is now on Midway Island working on a film and will be checking in with regular video posts.
Midway Journey III

Electric Works releases MARS-1 Edition!

Crank up that blacklight you’ve been keeping in your closet and bust out that vinyl version of Pink Floyd’s “Animals” that you’ve had in storage and let the party begin. Dazzle your friends with the latest collaboration between Electric Works and MARS-1, Infinite Tapestry.

This limited edition poster brings back the best of underground poster-making from 1970s. The rich velvety black is just that: virtually the whole print is covered in black flocking. Underneath that is a layer of UV-reactive fluorescent day-glo inks. Each print is signed by MARS-1. Tack it up in your dorm room, frame it for your study—this print is guaranteed to elevate the look of any wall it’s hung on.

Each 32″ x 25″ poster is signed by the artist and due to the hand printing of the silkscreen each one varies just a little from the other making every one unique. Purchase print at the Store at Electric Works.

This is a limited-edition signed and numbered blacklight poster. The color background was applied with a process called “Split Fountain” in which all 5 colors are put on the screen and mixed into the gradient in one pull as the squeegee goes across the screen. Each pull mixes the inks a little differently so each print is unique. The fluorescent inks are UV reactive so the poster has one look in the daylight and totally different colors under blacklight.

About the print:
Infinite Tapestry, 2011
Hand Silkscreen, Fluorescent UV Inks with Black Velvet Flocking
Image Size: 32″ x 25″
Edition of 140, plus proofs.

Macaroni and Cheese not included.

MARS-1 (aka Mario Martinez) is a left-handed artist who spends most of his time in the right side of his brain, communicating through a visual language. His early inspirations include: graffiti, animation, comic book characters, ufology, extraterrestrials, unexplored life, mysteries of the universe, alternate realities and the abstract quality of existence. He attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco, where he currently lives and works, and is active in the city’s contemporary art scene.


Making books is really, really fun. And really, really hard- especially if you have never done it before. Let us help. We will steer you clear of the rocks and hard places which plague artists designing their own books. We have worked with some of the best artists in the Bay Area in the last 20 years. Visit us at CODEX today and tomorrow where you can see some stunning examples. Call to schedule an appointment to bring your project to us today.


Fine Press Book Association interview with Judith Selby Lang about Chagoya’s Pyramid Scheme.

Apples, Apples, Apples

"Apple I" by Mark Richards

This has been a busy week for all things Apple. First Apple Records and Apple Computer made nice and the Beatles’ complete catalog it available on iTunes, and this evening I heard on the radio how some lucky duck purchased one of the very few remaining Apple-I’s for . . . $213,600. Yep. A lot of dough for 8k of RAM, but not so much for a major piece of computer history.

At any rate, our good friends at 20×200 published a print by Mark Richards, noted computer (among other subjects) photographer of one of the very same models. Two sizes in this edition are totally sold out, so if you’re even vaguely interested hurry over to 20×200 and get your order in now. I’ve seen these in person and they’re beautiful, lush prints. You too can own a piece of computer history and for only $50.00!