Over 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..
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Top: Enrique Chagoya Middle: Elaine Buckholtz Bottom: Robert Minervini
Electric Works presents
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.
The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries is hosting its signature fundraising event, Passport, on Sunday, October 13, 2013. This unique event allows the public a hands-on art collecting experience by bringing local artists to neighborhood venues where the buyers can “create” a limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a customized Moleskine “passport” notebook. Walking throughout the Divisadero corridor from noon to 4 p.m., hundreds of do-it-yourself art collectors will follow a designated route to collect stamps from hot local artists including William T. Wiley while discovering the small businesses that line the neighborhood.
Suzanne Ahearne from the Fine Press Book Association interviews Richard Lang about artist William Wiley’s “One Size Fits All” dunce caps at the Codex Book Fair in Berkeley, Feb. 2011.
You don’t have to be a dunce to don one of the William T. Wiley dunce caps this Halloween.
The do-it yourself cut-out hat was produced in conjunction with the Berkeley Art Museum’s What’s It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect this year. Gala goers were treated with the site of the hats as table favors.
The poster is available online or at the Electric Works store. Cut it out and: presto, you have your own dunce cap.
One size fits most!
Limited to 200 prints, buy one for the wall and one for your head!