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

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


In, out, and about

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Amanda Hughen is in, out, and about this fall.

In our flat files we have great selection of work from her collaborative series with Jennifer Starkweather – Valediction; Approach, Transition, Touchdown, The San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge Project; The Airport Project; and Between Above and Below.

Out and about can see her work in three group shows.

Symbiosis: Art and Science Intersect

September 15 – October 16, 2014
Reception: Thursday, September 18  4 – 6pm

Agrella Art Gallery, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
Curated by Debra Lehane and Satri Pencak


Shoebox Orchestra

September 19 – November 14, 2014
Reception: Friday, September 19, 6 – 9 pm

ampersand international arts, 1001 Tennessee at 22nd, SF CA
Curated by Theodora Mauro



October 2 – December 15, 2014
Reception: Thursday, October 2, 6 – 9 pm

NWBLK, 1999 Bryant at 18th, SF CA
Curated by Heather Marx


Hughen with collaborator Jennifer Starkweather has been commissioned to create a permanent public artwork for the Central Subway station in Union Square in downtown San Francisco.This project of the San Francisco Arts Commission will open in 2017.





For their project Re:depiction, Hughen/Starkweather invited staff from the Asian Art Museum to describe from memory an artwork from the museum’s collection. The artists then used the words from each interview to create an abstract work on paper. On the night of the event, Hughen/Starkweather’s abstraction will be shown as large hanging scrolls alongside sound pieces comprised of interview excerpts. Viewers will be provided with maps to locate the original works in the museum, and will be invited to submit their own memory of an artwork of their choice.

Thursday, May 22, 6:30 – 9 pm
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA, across from City Hall

Free with museum admission ($5 after 5pm)




Tract: Hughen/Starkweather presents in three exhibitions the solo work of Jennifer Starkweather and Amanda Hughen alongside the collaborative work of Hughen/Starkweather. Their work encompasses both the macro – a large extent of land, and the micro – a nerve system within a human body, transcending the idea of scale.

San Marco Gallery
Dominican University
San Rafael

Artist reception
Saturday November 16
4-6 PM



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

Finalists/Final Comments


The San Francisco Arts Commission has been working with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to develop a comprehensive public art program to be integrated into the design of the Central Subway system. Scheduled to open in 2018, the transit system will include three subway stations and one above-ground platform. The Yerba Buena/Moscone station will include an integrated two-dimensional artwork located on a prominent wall in the ticketing hall.

After a national call for artists and a competitive panel review, three projects were selected as finalists. Congratulations to Kota Ezawa; Hughen/Starkweather; and Leslie Shows.

You may view the proposals in person and make comments at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts or online, March 13- 24. On March 25 the comments will be summarized and shared with the Final Selection Panel on March 29.


Special Event:
Val Britton in conversation with Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather
Wednesday, November 14, 6:30-8:30 pm
SF Art Commission

6:30-6:45 pm: Introduction of The Continental Interior a site specific Installation by Val Brittion at 155 Grove Street
6:45-7:45 pm: Conversation about the language of maps with Val Britton, Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather at SFAC Main Gallery
7:45-8:30 pm: Reception

Free, open to the public.

Hughen/Starkweather have worked extensively with mapping in their collaborative and individual works. The event will be moderated by exhibition curator Aimee Le Duc.

Open House

Open house events for the Public Utilities Commission’s new headquarters at 525 Golden Gate will take place on Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This exciting LEED Platinum certified building willl be home to an amazing collection of art including works by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, David Tomb, Hughen/Starkweather, Katherine Westerhout, and others.

The public is invited to sign up for a tour.