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Electric Works

Exhibition Detail
1360 Mission Street (between 9th and 10th Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103

October 24th, 2008 - November 26th, 2008
October 24th, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Expect it to Stay On, and On, and On, Michelle BladeMichelle Blade,
Expect it to Stay On, and On, and On,
2007, Ink and acrylic on Duralar, 54" x 66"
© Electric Works
Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 11-5; Store: Mon-Sat 11-5; Artist Services:Mon-Fri 10-5
installation, mixed-media
This event is appropriate for children

Electric Works is pleased to announce "Equilateral," an exhibition of three contemporary California-based artists' works: Michelle Blade, Ana Fernández, and Julie Rofman.

Equilateral describes a triangle formed by three artists examining the world from distinct and important angles: the Supernatural (Blade), the Corporeal (Fernández) and the Physical (Rofman).

Michelle Blade's large-scale paintings on Dura-lar depict events in a timeless world of metaphysical landscapes. She paints and draws celestial rays, mountaintops, and bursting skies which serve as stage settings for the subjects in her paintings: masses of people experiencing the same powerful moment as one. Large groups of people are experiencing one event as a whole congregate under full moons, beside underground caverns, on large desert planes and near shooting geysers. These natural wonders are made somehow more powerful and potent by the masses of people being engulfed by these phenomena.

Ana Fernández works on paper and canvas spring from her live performances. Politically motivated, but ultimately transcendent of much work of that ilk, Fernández's women subjects are dressed in the archetypal "little black dress" to allude to Everywoman. Her dressed-for-a-party characters enact the daily menial tasks of sweeping, ironing, vacuuming. This work is performed at the threshold between Mexico and the United States. The body is always present in her work and itself becomes the boundary territory between these worlds.

Julie Rofman makes paintings of the material world of Stuff: the manufactured effluvia of our modern world. In her paintings she points out that the very grist of our lives is actually information transformed—as she creates compositions of vivid color hearkening to the musicality of Kandinsky. The Things that monumentally pile up and could be dismissed as trash are re-figured in her paintings to remind us again and again that the universe is beautiful.


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