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Check out digital and analog prints by our own Ian Fabre at The Mertes Center for the Arts, Las Positas College, 3033 Collier Canyon Road, Livermore, CA 94551.

From graffiti artist to graphic designer, Ian Gerard Fabre pulls from every experience thus far. Graduating from the California College of the Arts with an interdisciplinary degree he employs anything and everything. From neon signage to screen printing Ian pokes at the underlying issues within contemporary consumer culture. As of late his work is installation based and in it one can find sculpture, two-dimensional work, and video. His practice is his way of slowing down and reflecting as he encourages you to do the same.

Making Multiples

Electric Works presents
“Making Multiples”
Reception: Saturday, March 29, 5-8 PM

Electric Works publishes unusual multiples stretching the limits of what is traditionally considered a print. From William T. Wiley’s Punball: Only One Earth pinball machine to Marcel Dzama’s Albatross Note vinyl records to Sandow Birk’s In Smog and Thunder playing cards to Enrique Chagoya’s Pyramid Scheme.  Electric Works focuses on two crucial elements when considering any project: technique and content. We work with artists who are masters of strong visual content and we help them over the technical stumbling blocks that so often get in the way of a successful edition. We revere the old techniques, but champion the new ones as well, all in the name of making the most ambitious projects possible. 

Electric Works will be hosting an open house and flat file guided tour open to the public on Saturday, March 29 from 5-8 PM in conjunction with Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation, and Activism, the Southern Graphics Council International conference. We will also be offering anyone with a conference badge a 10% discount in our bookstore. 


Big changes, good changes

Big changes for us!

After some long consideration, we have decided to close the gallery after the current exhibition by Dave Schubert ends on December 12th.

We reached this decision after looking at what it means to run a fine art press / multiple-making workshop AND a gallery at the same time. The time commitment was simply too much for us to do both things at the level we wanted to. We looked at both sides of the business and decided we had to stick with our roots in the printmaking and artist collaboration world.

With a lot of our friends and colleagues closing up shop for a variety of reasons, we wanted to let you know this is a choice we are making in order to focus on our first love: working with artists. We’re not the latest victim of commercial real estate rents skyrocketing, or of getting edged out of creative space. We have an opportunity to continue to work with artists and we are taking it.

We’d like to extend our thanks to the artists, collectors, curators, writers, and art lovers who have showered us with attention since we began this venture seven years ago. It’s been great working with all of you—and all of you will be included in our continuing activities on the printmaking and project front. Look for exciting updates.

So—what does all this good news mean? We’re having a party!

Please join us Friday, December 13th for our official gallery closing party!
4-8 PM
1360 Mission Street (between 9th and 10th)

We’ll have refreshments, holiday cheer and chances to pick up holiday treasures from our bookstore!

Kagel Kater and Nancy French in The Thrillpeddlers revival produ Kegel Kater and Nancy French
in The Thrillpeddlers revival production of the Cockettes’ –
Pearls Over Shanghai
Photograph by Daniel Nicoletta
December 4, 2009

Hung Liu


Hung Liu, considered one of the most significant Chinese-American contemporary artists living today is featured this year in several several important exhibits in the Bay Area “Hung Liu: Offerings” runs through March 17 at the Mills College Art Museum, followed by a major retrospective of her work, “Summoning Ghosts,” at the Oakland Museum of California from March 16 through June 30. The show will then embark on a two-year national tour. And the San Jose Museum of Art, where she already has several works, offers a new exhibit, “Questions From the Sky: New Work by Hung Liu” June 6 through Sept. 29.

In 2010 Liu created “Dirge” as a fund raiser for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. This special portfolio is still available. Contact Richard, (415) 626-5496. Proceeds support innovative programming for the SFCMP.

Between Destinations

Congrats to Candace Plummer Gaudiani!!!

A photograph from her new book Between Destinations has been awarded Honorable Mention in the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards. This year from a large pool of submissions the judges bestowed this distinguished honor on 27 artists from 15 countries.

Lens Culture is an online magazine celebrating international contemporary photography, art, media, and world cultures.

May Day, May Day

We are excited to be the new kids on the Mission between 9th and 10th block. Yes, you can come see us and our new space at 1360 Mission.

Now we are neighbors of CounterPULSE and want to invite you to join us in celebrating their 7th anniversary. May Day showcases a diverse array of local artists and raises funds for a nonprofit known as an experimental space for art and social action. Support CounterPULSE as a hub for risk-taking community-based performance and see an all-star lineup including:

W. Kamau Bell
Campo Santo
ODC Dance
Sara Shelton Mann
Zaccho Dance Theatre

Dandelion Dancetheater
Flyaway Productions
Lizz Roman & Dancers
Marga Gomez
Maryam Farnaz Rostami

Joe Goode Performance Group
Monique Jenkinson
Honey Mahogany
Scott Wells & Dancers

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Bryant Austin at TEDxSan JoseCA

Bryant Austin shares his thoughts about his personal encounter with whales in this promotional clip for TEDxSanJoseCA.

On April 14, 2012 you can join the speakers, attendees, and virtual-attendees from live viewing parties all over the world as they turn ideas into reality. TEDxSanJoseCA will feature riveting talks by remarkable people. Some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers will share their passions and their own personal journeys.


The light from Electric Works shown bright last evening for the opening of McSweeney’s McMullens: Artwork from Children’s Books,
plus 1,032 Illustrated Lunch Bags.

Electric Works is jam-packed with great family fun for folks of all ages books, art, and the 1032 lunch bags.

We hope you and the kids will get by sometime soon to see the show.
Special Gallery Hours
Tues-Fri 11-6 PM
Sat 11-5 PM
Sun 12-5 PM