Electric Works is pleased to welcome Dave Eggers to the gallery for "It Is Right To Draw Their Fur.", his first solo exhibition. Working in the vernacular of political propaganda posters, these deftly executed grease pencil drawings feature an ongoing cast of fur-, feather-, and scale-bearing creatures. What seems like an extraordinary balancing act of good humor and earnest pledges of allegiance, Eggers creates a menagerie that speaks to our very human condition. The gallery will be hung with over 100 of these drawings, covering nearly every square inch of wall space. You'll laugh, you'll cry.
Dave Eggers studied painting and art history at the University of Illinois before realizing he probably wasn't good enough to live as an artist. After college he worked as an illustrator, cartoonist and designer, before again realizing he wasn't good enough at these things to continue doing them full-time. Subsequently he wrote books and continues to write books. He's also the founder of McSweeney's and 826 Valencia.
Electric Works is pleased to present drawings from David Byrne's "Arboretum" series. At first glance, these seemingly simple pencil-on-paper drawings look like sketches or notes taken during a business meeting or a biology class. They quickly reveal themselves to be carefully wrought diagrams (often in "tree" format) illuminating the relationship of objects, concepts and connections from our everyday lives. Those familiar with Byrne's lyrics and other writing will feel at home among these drawings, which in an odd way feel very much like instructions for writing songs. Often linking two disconnected worlds these charts feel like a lost chapter from a never-printed Encyclopaedia Brittanica.
In Byrne's own words: "Drawing/diagrams (mostly) in the form of trees, which both elucidate and obsfucate the roots of contemporary phenomena and terminology. Sort of like borrowing the evolutionary tree format and applying it to other, often incompatible, things. In doing so a kind of humorous disjointed scientism of the mind heaves into view."
David Byrne (b. 1952, Dumbarton, Scotland) was raised in Baltimore where he briefly attended the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) after transferring from the Rhode Island School of Design before forming the group Talking Heads, who introduced an innovative visual approach to their performances.
Byrne has been involved with photography and design since college and has been publishing and exhibiting his work for the past decade. Like his music, Byrne’s visual work has the capacity to elevate and transform ordinary elements into iconic ones and challenges our fundamental notions of what can be classified as art. His projects also focus on the relationship between our physical exteriors and emotional interiors.
Byrne’s work belongs to numerous collections, including the Denver Art Museum and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C.
His book projects include True Stories (1986); Strange Ritual (1995); Your Action World (1998, 1999); The New Sins/Los Nuevos Pecados (2001); David Byrne Asks You: What Is It? (2002); Envisioning Emotional Epistemological Information (2003); Arboretum (2006); and Bicycle Diaries (2009). Current updates of musical, visual and other projects can be found at www.davidbyrne.com .
Byrne lives and works in New York City.
David Byrne appears courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York.
Special Event: Performance in the Gallery
Please join us Saturday July 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM for Duo Sonidos: violinist, William Knuth and guitarist, Adam Levin, in concert in the gallery.
Violin and guitar duo, Sonidos, offer an Ibero-American concert program and CD-release in San Francisco. Duo Sonidos brings together the talents of violinist, William Knuth and guitarist, Adam Levin. Based in Boston and Madrid, the duo is at the vanguard of the guitar chamber music world. With a mission of expanding guitar chamber music repertoire, Duo Sonidos is dedicated to commissioning and inspiring new works for the duo combination. This commitment to creating a new body of chamber music has led to collaborations with some of the world’s most renowned composers, including works by Jan Freidlin (Israel) and Eduardo Morales-Caso (Cuba-Spain) on ALR Records label. Previous and current projects include commissioning new works from composers in Spain, Belgium, Israel, and the United States as well as original arrangements made by the duo themselves. Levin and Knuth have performed throughout the United States and Europe and have been honored as US Fulbright Scholars in the field of music performance in Madrid, Spain and Vienna, Austria respectively.