Sandow Birk, in his Inferno projects, morphs Dante's rich anxieties into our own, using urban überconsumer environments. Though those who don't like these sorts of inquiries might freak out at the inaugural exhibition, which features new work from Tucker Nichols and Katherine Sherwood, their absence will just mean more room for those who want reality's unreal underpinnings to open their wide eyes wider.
Electric Works weds the powers of curatorship and accessibility. As part of the print shop's "venture philanthropy" program, artists develop unique editions to support nonprofits, and the new digs will include an alternative museum store with affordable art items, a natural art-for-the-people progression from a successful scholarship program offered through the California College of the Arts.
"The gatekeepers of the art world really want the world to be pyramidal," Richard says. "But the truth is that the world is spherical and everything is talking to everything else."
Is that true? Are you reading this as if it weren't a dream? I'll offer one hint: the answer isn't no. *
AND KATHERINE SHERWOOD
May 11June 23
Opens Fri/11, 5:307:30 p.m., free
Runs Tues.Fri., 10 a.m.6 p.m.;
Sat., 10:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.
130 Eighth St., SF