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

Kid-Friendly Weekend at Electric Works

TWO FREE KID-FRIENDLY ART EVENTS THIS WEEKEND!

Saturday December 17, 2011
FILM NIGHT!!!
doors open at 5:30 PM, show starts at 6 PM
“Imagine That” is an animation screening curated by Sarah Klein that features kid-made cartoons, suitable for adults, and adult-made animations fitting for kids. Featuring a variety of techniques and approaches these animations explore the limits of outer space, familiar landscapes, big places and small spaces.

Sunday December 18, 2011 at 2pm
Reading and Drawing Hour with Matt Furie and Aiyana Udesen
Spend the afternoon scribbling with local artists Matt Furie and Aiyana Udesen! After reading a few of their favorite children’s books, the artists will be available to answer questions and draw with kids.
www.mattfurie.com/
www.aiyanaville.com/

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 Lisa Brown, Jordan Crane, Matt Furie, Walter Green, Lisa Hanawalt, Ian Huebert, Jason Jägel, Amy Martin, Brian McMullen, Jon & Tucker Nichols, Scott Rideout, Scott Teplin and many others.

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 12-5 PM

www.sfelectricworks.com

CAPTION TOP: Campfire Song by Sarah Klein with Orange Sherbet
CAPTION MIDDLE: Cat by Aiyana Udesen
CAPTION BOTTOM: In the gallery with Jason Jägel

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

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.

Jägel Challenges with Cartoonish Complexity

The Daily Californian, October 18 features an article about Jason Jägel and his latest book 73 Funshine published by Electric Works.

This delightful, large-format monograph features over 200 images from Jägel’s career, spanning childhood sketches and family snapshots, but largely focusing on his current practice, his sometimes-loose, sometimes-tight narrative paintings and works on paper. Hip-hop influences, family life, and the humming buzz of the street are often found in a single work. Jägel’s work has been increasingly influenced by the music he listens to; this connection has been strengthened by his record cover designs for the LA-based hiphop label Stones Throw. One of Stones Throw’s major artists, Madlib, has three tracks that appear on a companion 10-inch vinyl record, an unexpected feature included in this artists’ book.

Essayists and contributors include Madlib; Jeff Jank of Stones Throw Records; Joseph del Pesco, independent curator; and Nate Denver, writer and musician.

First edition, 210 color pages, and includes a 10″ vinyl record by Madlib.

Jason Jägel / Noah Lang / Electric Works win Independent Book Publisher's Gold Medal

Yep. We won! They even sent us big gold medals that we can wear around our necks!

Seriously, it’s really nice to be recognized for two years’ hard work. Over 200 color pages, a record featuring exclusive tracks by MadLib, essays by Joseph del Pesco, nate denver and Jeff Jank, what more do you want?

If you haven’t seen the book in person, please come on by the gallery or your favorite art book store and have a look!

For online orders, go to our store.

For wholesale, our distributor is RAM in Los Angeles.

We’ve posted a few pictures here. Have a gander!

Top 10. The Best of the Store.

It’s that time of year.  I’d write “It’s That Time of Year Again,” but this is our first best-of list, so we’ll wait for next year for that post.

But here it is: our favorite items from your favorite store.  Ranked in order of remembering what our favorite items are.

73 Funshine by Jason Jägel1. 73 Funshine by Jason Jägel. An Electric Works release. Over two years in the making, this oversized compendium compiles Jägel’s narrative paintings and works on paper into an exuberant examination of Jägel’s unique vision and visual vocabulary.

73 Funshine is proud to be accompanied by a 10″ vinyl record with 3 jazz tracks by Madlib. Essayists and contributors include Madlib; Jeff Jank of Stones Throw Records; Joseph del Pesco, independent curator; and Nate Denver, writer and musician.

First edition, 202 color pages, and includes a vinyl record by Mad Lib.

All Known Metal Bands by Dan Nelson

2. All Known Metal Bands by Dan Nelson. A list of thousands and thousands of metal band names, this exhaustive little tomelet is the product of years of research. We dare you to open to any page and not be amazed by at least one name on it. Beautifully designed and printed silver ink on black paper. Our most popular book on metal bands. This book will rule you!

5913. The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie. Syrian lingerie is racy attire little-known in the west. Manufactured in Syria and exported throughout the Middle East, it blinks, sings, vibrates, and flashes lights, and is adorned with everything from faux fur to artificial flowers and feathered birds to colorful plastic toy cell phones. This sort of lingerie is well known and accepted in Syrian culture, and is openly displayed in the markets and souks – it forms an important part of the longstanding folk traditions around weddings and marriage. Brides-to-be are given it as gifts by their mothers, or buy it themselves; husbands buy it for wives. The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie gathers together text and photo essays that introduce and celebrate some of the most outrageous undergarments in the world, and challenge our perceived notions of women, sex, and humor in the Muslim world.

749 4. “All Over Coffee” Prints by Paul Madonna. It’s been great working with Paul Madonna over the last couple of years.  Whether it’s been showing his original drawings in the gallery, making limited edition prints with him, or carrying his book in the store, we’ve been amazed with the amount of and the quality of the work he seems to tirelessly produce.  For this pick, we chose his limited edition print of one of the ubiquitous “Obama, Hope” posters we’ve seen through the last few months.  Printed in an edition of 100, a portion of these sales goes to Dolores Street Community Services.

4455. Posters from North Korea. On our last trip to North Korea we were lucky enough to get what was left of these posters advertising the Mass Games. For those of you who don’t know, the Mass Games features over 150,000 performers executing synchronized gymnastics. It’s quite a site to be seen (and we got to see two different performances of it) and picked these posters up at the May Day stadium where the event takes place.

This is another “once they’re gone, they’re gone” offer. We don’t know when we’ll be back in Pyongyang.

4636. Little Nemo Volume II. This book is big!  In 2005, the publication of Little Nemo in Slumberland – So Many Splendid Sundays marked the centennial of Winsor McCay’s masterpiece. That volume astounded the world of comics and art, becoming the most highly praised book of its kind! Volume II presents 115 more digitally-restored Sunday pages in their original size and colors, including many pages that have never been reprinted before. Enjoy this magnificent popular art as it was originally experienced generations ago.


2117. Perverted by Language: Fiction Inspired by the Fall. Twenty three authors each pick their favorite Fall song and take a stab at writing a short story based on it. A brisk read, in our home anyway, this is one of those odd little compendia that you hear about and think to yourself, “Why didn’t I do that?” Well, don’t dismay, just pick up a copy of this nice little companion to the the only band that really matters.

6268. Ribbons of Every Color. “What would you give me for a basket of kisses?” Well, what do you get for that little Bad Seed in training? This little box of ribbons was the first Electric Works exclusive and features real velvet ribbons imported from Switzerland in a custom-made box. Features all colors of the rainbow, plus brown, white, and black.

5249. I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me by Trevor Paglen. Trevor Paglen’s examination of the world of secret operations world is one of the most fascinating books to come out in a long time. This chilling, bizarre catalog of patches, emblems and symbols commissioned by the Pentagon and worn by a number of miliatry operatives around the world. Patches that make the X-Files look tame illustrate aliens spouting Latin phrases like “Gustatus Similis Pullus” (“Tastes Like Chicken”). The commentary on the patches reads as an interesting history into the secret world of espionage, cold war intrigue and modern electronic surveillance.

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10. Deluxe Box of Crayons. You know those people who pronounce “cray-ons” “cra-ans”? Those people are weird. They probably also say “melk” (not “milk”) and “pellow” (not “pillow”). Anyway, if you’re like me, you actually use crayons for your costume design class projects, but lugging around the giant yellow and green cardboard box around in your backpack embarrasses you. Well, no more! Now you (and I) can feel like the adults we are with this stylish crayon box.

Admittedly, fewer colors than Crayola’s packed-full boxes, but these crayons last longer, are better quality, and don’t actually smell like crayon. (Not those smelly crayons either. Those were always trying to carve out a niche in the smelly marker market and failing.) They are fun to use, and even if you aren’t doing anything fun like your costume design homework with them, they still make you look cool.

This is the De-Luxe set, which features 24 colors and a wood storage box.