Fields of Prayer

nighthouseStarting November 7, Grace Cathedral will be the setting for a spectacular light and sound installation presented by its 2015 Artists in Residence, Elaine Buckholtz and Floor van de Velde. Their creation, “Fields of Prayer,” uses the stunning environment of the landmark cathedral, both indoor and outdoor, to immerse viewers in a unique sensory art experience.

In celebration of the Year of Technology at Grace Cathedral, Elaine and Floor will be exploring the medium of light and sound as ephemeral phenomena with the potential to unmask hidden aspects of architectural forms and to activate space.

“Fields of Prayer” runs November 7 through 17. Full list of events here.

Mills Building

Mills Chagoya_IMG_6200Mills Burkholtz_IMG_6194Mills_Minervini_IMG_6215Over the years, Electric Works has been privileged to work with a wide variety of artists from the Bay Area and beyond — always with a collaborative spirit and the hunger for trying something new. At the Mills Building you will see many proprietary techniques but, at the end of the day, you will see that our projects rest on good content as well as good technique.

It’s with that spirit we present some of our favorite projects over the last 18 years including work with Sandow Birk, Elaine Buckholtz, Enrique Chagoya, Hughen/Starkweather, Robert Minervini, and William T. Wiley.

The exhibit is part of a rotating program sponsored by the Mills Building for the pleasure of its tenants and visitors..

Visit the Mills Building
220 Montgomery Street
San Francisco
until December 12


Top: Enrique Chagoya                                                                                                Middle: Elaine Buckholtz                                                                                           Bottom: Robert Minervini


Car-πού-see: The Wandering Nighthouse


Elaine Buckholtz and Floor van de Velde invite you to join them in Athens, Saturday, July 27 for a quintessential summer snack of watermelon, feta, bread and wine while considering how light and sound can transform our mundane environment into something extraordinary and even uncanny. The audience is invited to gather at Souzy Tros, where a slow-moving open-air truck will offer rides that allow people to experience their own mobile light show, illuminating local architecture and other spaces that deserve heightened visibility and visual transformation.

Elaine Buckhotz combines the mediums of moving light, sound, video, and sculpture in her work. She received her MFA from Stanford University 2006 and the California College of The Arts in 2012, and is currently an Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in the Studio for Interrelated Media. She has shown work at numerous cultural venues, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and The Academy of Sciences, (San Francisco, CA), as well as at Pierogi Gallery in Liepzig Germany, and The Wexner Center For The Arts (Columbus, Ohio). She has worked as a Lighting and Visual Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area over the past 20 years and has also collaborated regularly with Merce Cunningham and Meredith Monk creating and recreating their visual environments internationally. In addition to large-scale architectural installations, and Public Art Projects, her work is represented by Electric Works Gallery in San Francisco, California.

Floor van de Velde is a Belgian-born, South African visual artist and composer. Her deep interest in music technology, sculpture, and digital art has led to experiments with electronic, classical, non-western music, sound collage and a general investigation into how digital precision and acoustic warmth can complement each other. Floor is currently an MFA candidate at MIT in the Program in Art, Culture and Technology.

Saturday, July 27, 2013
9pm-midnight (food and refreshments served)
Souzy Tros (Markoni 8, Eleonas, Athens)
Guest Curated by Lydia Matthews


Electric Works is pleased to be featuring in our gallery/room for ArtPadSF at the Phoenix Hotel the work of Robert Minervini and Dave Eggers. Elaine Buckholtz will be creating an on-site light installation. 

Robert Minervini will be addressing the kind of subject matter that is alluded to in his previous utopian and dystopian cityscapes, landscapes, and floral still life paintings—namely, the ecological impact of humanity on the landscape. His 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 European vanitas paintings—which acted as symbolic reminders of the inevitability of death—by depicting local wildlife that is in the process of extinction. His presence at ArtPadSF will be an extension of his show After Glow: As the Wick Burns that is in our gallery, May 10- June 29. 
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Dave Eggers will present animal portraits with text- china marker on paper with words that express what the animal might be thinking. Working in the vernacular of political propaganda posters, these deftly executed drawings 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.


Elaine Buckholtz will be creating a lavender light installation onto the swimming pool in the center courtyard of the hotel and she will be changing out all the lights on the landings of each room to a soft pink. Buckholtz explores light as an ephemeral phenomenon and uses it to unmask hidden aspects of architectural forms in relation to painting. She uses visual and temporal repetition to explore the intersection of space, image, movement, and light. Her fascination with light has a long history. Buckholtz will use her background in lighting and theater design to generate her own luminous theater at the Phoenix Hotel.

Easy Rider


Electric Works’ artist Elaine Buckholtz’s will present Easy Rider a site-specific, light-based work at ArtPadSF 2013. Buckholtz, known for her colorful and subtle interactions with video, print and sound, will change the atmosphere of the fair with this poetic, playful and just-barely-present work. In Easy Rider the Phoenix Hotel’s usual outdoor lighting in front of each gallery room is replaced with a soft pink light bulb. Lavender light projected from above the pool hits the water at an angle that activates both its surface and depths. The lit swimming pool creates a center point of the Phoenix’s outdoor space and the gauzy ambient light.

ArtPadSF at the iconic Phoenix Hotel is a provocative 21st century boutique art fair, focused on emerging and contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond. In its third year and partnered with San Francisco’s world-renowned arts institutions, galleries, and artists, ArtPadSF is a crossroads for the creative and an unparalleled marketplace for art. Arts patrons and enthusiasts are invited to take in some of the most exciting contemporary art the market has to offer as the Phoenix Hotel transforms itself into a visual arts destination with over 40 hotel rooms being taken over by galleries and curatorial projects. Join us May 16th through 19th 2013 for screenings, panels, performances, and more.



Tuning for the Edge of the Line

Electric Works presents
Tuning For The Edge Of The Line
January 10 – February 9, 2013
Artist Reception: Thursday, January 10, 6-8 PM

In Tuning For The Edge Of The Line Elaine Buckholtz will take over the entire gallery with an installation featuring light-based work and videos that activate the surface of printed media on the wall.

Buckholtz explores light as an ephemeral phenomenon and uses it to unmask hidden aspects of architectural forms in relation to painting. She uses visual and temporal repetition to explore the intersection of space, image, movement, and light. Her fascination with light has a long history. Buckholtz will use her background in lighting and theater design in this exhibition to generate her own luminous theater in the gallery.

This is Buckholtz’ third exhibition with Electric Works. Buckholtz received her MFA at Stanford University and has shown at The Swiss Technorama Museum, Winterthur Switzerland; Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, California; The Claremont Museum in Southern California; Pierogi Leipzig, Leipzig Germany; The Luggage Store in San Francisco; The San Francisco Arts Commission; California College of The Arts; Stanford University; The Wexner Center For The Arts; Sun Valley Center For The Arts; and Fusion Art Space, San Francisco, California.

Tuesday- Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM

Save the Dates

It’s almost time to turn the page on that old 2012 calendar. Get a jump start on plans for 2013 and mark your calendar.

January 10, Thursday 6-8 PM opening reception for Tuning For The Edge Of The Line. Elaine Buckholtz will take over the entire gallery with an installation featuring light-based work and videos that activate the surface of printed media on the wall.

January 19, Saturday 2-3 PM Joey Sellers creator of the Periodic Calendar will give a short talk about what Type of Year 2013 will be and help the curious find their Birth Elements.

NightLife at the Academy

While we at Electric Works are putting the final touches on our gallery (stay tuned for our Fall opening), we are thrilled Elaine Buckholtz will be showing one of her spectacular projection pieces directly across from the Reef of the Philippines at the upcoming NightLife event at the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, June 28, 6-10 PM.

Every Thursday night, music, creatures and cocktails come together for NightLife at the Academy. Explore exhibits and aquarium displays while sipping creative cocktails and let exotic animals from around the world transport you to the tropics, Tibet and dozens of other remote destinations. Special planetarium shows take you even farther afield. June 28 brings “Gallery Crawl NightLife” with live music by Tim Cohen’s band Magic Trick, DJ set by Britt Govea of (((folkYEAH!))), pop-up galleries curated by Ever Gold Gallery, Spoke Art Gallery, Electric Works, Warholian, Adam Rozan and The Carassius Auratus Auratus (Goldfish) Institute, Million Fishes and Jennifer Hennesy. Music presented by (((folkYEAH!))).

The California Academy of Sciences is located at 55 Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park. For information, call 415-379-8000 or visit 21+.