Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

A big thanks to all who helped to make Electric Works especially bright this season!

To all the folks who filled the gallery with laughter and applause!

To the McSweeney’s McMullens crew!

To the artists and illustrators!
Jordan Crane, Matt Furie, Walter Green, Lisa Hanawalt, Ian Huebert, Jason Jägel, Amy Martin, Brian McMullen, Tucker Nichols, Scott Rideout, Scott Teplin.

To the artists who hosted our Reading and Drawing Hours!
Matt Furie & Aiyana Udesen
Scott Rideout
Christian Robinson

To Sarah Klein for curating Imagine That our animated film program
and Christian Robinson for charming the audience with his animated Dinosaur Song!

To all the kids young and old, inspired by the Robert Barnes 1032 Illustrated Lunch Bags, who decorated their own!

Join us on Saturday January 7 from 2-4 for hot cocoa and cookies for a closing reception. This will be the first “First Saturday” organized by the San Francisco Art Dealers Association (SFADA). Galleries in San Francisco and Oakland will be hosting special events every first Saturday. For a complete listing of participating galleries visit www.sfada.com

McSweeney’s McMullens: Artwork from Children’s Books, plus 1,032 Illustrated Lunch Bags

December 3—January 7, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 4:00-8:00 PM
Many, many events throughout the show

Electric Works is pleased to announce McSweeney’s McMullens: Artwork from Children’s Books, plus 1,032 Illustrated Lunch Bags, a group show celebrating the artwork of McSweeney’s McMullens, the children’s book imprint launched by McSweeney’s earlier this year.

IN THE MAIN GALLERY: the exhibition will focus on the original artwork from the first several books in the series, as well as sneak peeks at the artwork from a handful of books in progress. The main gallery will feature work by Jordan Crane, Matt Furie, Walter Green, Lisa Hanawalt, Ian Huebert, Jason Jägel, Amy Martin, Brain McMullen, Tucker Nichols, Scott Rideout, Scott Teplin and many others.

THE READING ROOM: for this exhibition, we are transforming our Project Space into a Children’s Reading Room. The space will feature a wall with hundreds of hand-illustrated paper lunch bags by visual artist Robert Barnes. Additionally we will be providing deluxe reading stations for our smaller visitors complete with a bookcase holding current McMullen’s releases, Electric Works and McSweeney’s staff favorites.

EVENTS: Throughout the exhibition there will be many many events. Stay tuned for exact dates and details, but we will be hosting a series of celebrity story times for the little ones. On each Saturday and Sunday, we will feature a different notable from the Bay Area to read aloud their favorite stories to kids. We will be presenting Imagine That, an animation screening curated by Sarah Klein that features kid-made cartoons suitable for adults and adult-made animations suitable for kids.

STORE: Imagine our bookstore. Now imagine it overflowing with many copies of all the latest McSweeney’s McMullens titles. Now add on a bunch of new items for the holiday season: fish-scrubbing gloves, banana slicers, books about East German toy design and you’ve got what awaits you this winter at Electric Works.

Please note a change of hours for this exhibition: in addition to our regular hours, we will be open on the following Sundays, noon-5 PM: December 4, December 11, and December 18th.

Special Gallery Hours
Tues-Fri 11-6 PM
Sat 11-5 PM
Sun noon-5 PM

Bicycle Joyride

These days, until October 21, a stroll or bicycle ride down Market Street is a special kind of journey. Bus shelters on Market Street between 8th Street and the Embarcadero feature a series of six distinct posters by artist Ian Huebert that invite viewers to experience “every-day” city scenes from the saddle of a bicycle, the artist’s primary mode of transportation. The series titled The Golden Spoke is part of the the San Francisco Arts Commission’s 2011 Art on Market Street Posters.

“Ian Huebert’s posters capture the essence of what it feels like to experience this beautiful city from atop a bicycle, from the elements like the fog and rain to the physical challenges such as the hills and navigating through rush hour traffic,” said Interim Director of Cultural Affairs JD Beltran. “The Golden Spoke is perfect for Market Street, which plays host to thousands of bicycle commuters everyday.”

Created with gouache, water color, pen and ink, the posters are reminiscent of brightly-colored vintage travel posters. The Golden Spoke celebrates the city’s bike culture and tours such quintessential locales as: Sutro Towers shrouded in a ring of fog; the Bay Bridge and Ferry Building Farmer’s Market; San Francisco’s famous hills, the Embarcadero and Market Street.

Counting the Days

For your holiday shopping –
at Electric Works we are counting the days with special items from our store, including such collectibles as the Ian Huebert literary map and the
Part of a Complete Breakfast print by Jason Jägel.

Just around the corner from the store our gallery is featuring Stella Luminosa. Stop by and meet Stella and the Luminosa family: Dave Eggers, Matt Furie, Ian Huebert, Jason Jägel, Keegan McHargue, Clare Rojas, and Gina Tuzzi.

We give thanks!

Electric Works will be closed on Thursday. It’s our special day to give thanks…not just for the obvious, like food, but for the multitude of blessings that we have received this year.

On the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, the gallery will be open by appointment. Please call 415 225 6624 and we’ll be happy to greet you at the gallery.

Please stay tuned for a set of holiday-only releases from Electric Works, including releases by Dave Eggers and Jason Jägel. And don’t forget about our December Group Show, “Stella Luminosa.” Exhibiting artists include: Dave Eggers, Matt Furie, Ian Huebert, Jason Jägel, Keegan McHargue, Clare Rojas, and Gina Tuzzi. The exhibition opens Friday, December 3, 6-8 PM.

And for more fun, please join us for a holiday release party for the Believer Magazine Art Issue on Thursday, December 9, 7:30- 9:30 PM.

Happy Holidays.

Stella Luminosa

Electric Works presents
Stella Luminosa
December 3 – December 24, 2010
Artist Reception: Friday, December 3, 6-8 PM

Electric Works is pleased to put some sparkle in the season with Stella Luminosa, a group show featuring Dave Eggers, Matt Furie, Ian Huebert, Jason Jägel, Keegan McHargue, Clare Rojas, and Gina Tuzzi. For the month of December the gallery will be populated by characters and landscapes that are both strangely familiar and familiarly strange. The works are distinguished by graphic mark making that evoke at once a childlike enhancement along with adult intrigue and sophistication. Gallery artist Jason Jägel will be taking over the Project Space filling it with an exuberant installation of recent paintings.

Believer Magazine Art Issue
Release Party: Thursday, December 9, 7:30- 9:30 PM

In conjunction with Stella Luminosa, we will be featuring many artists who make an appearance in the Believer magazine’s 2010 Art Issue. We welcome them to the gallery and look forward to their contributions. On December 9th, from 7:30 – 9:30 PM, we will be hosting a release party of this special issue of the Believer, featuring many esteemed guests, including a musical performance by Peggy Honeywell a.k.a. Clare Rojas, interviewed by Natasha Boas in the issue. Photographer Michael Light, interviewed by Lawrence Weschler in the issue, will give a presentation on his new work of aerial photographs of Los Angeles.

The Literary City

Ian Huebert’s beautiful, whimsical literary map – loosely inspired by one of St. Petersburg, Russia, by Vera Evstafieva and Andrew Biliter – fittingly evokes the colorful, free-form and text-rich rock concert posters from a music scene that put San Francisco on the map in the 1960s.

Of course, the map isn’t intended as a comprehensive collection of quotes about the city (apologies to Herbert Gold, Bret Harte, Khaled Hosseini, Fae Myenne Ng, Tom Wolfe and on and on).

“The Literary City” first appeared in the Books section of the San Francisco Chronicle and it maps the city’s landscape via a selection of quotes from novels, poems, and essays about San Francisco. Illustrated by Ian Huebert, the map is now available as a 18 x 24 poster.