Punk’s not dead.

That was true in 1981 and it’s still true in 2015. On Wednesday, September 23, Public Works is proud to host the opening night of SF Punk Renaissance 2015, a festival celebrating 40 years of all things punk rock.

Old-school punk photos, art, and film stills will be featured in the Punk Rock Sewing Circle’s exhibition entitled Tunnel Vision, on display in our very own Roll-Up Gallery. Punk’s DIY ethos democratized music, art, fashion, and publishing, and these rare photos (many never seen before) from its first wave (1977-1981) capture the immediacy and the vitality that characterized this era. The exhibition features works by seminal photographers who worked for SEARCH AND DESTROY, a groundbreaking zine that chronicled the punk scene and its discontents; small portfolios from Joe Truck, Vincent Anton, Sue Brisk, Richard Alden Petersen, and Kamera Zie; and George Sera’s hauntingly beautiful photos, previously seen in the … Read more ›

Did we get your attention? Public Works is pleased to host the San Francisco edition of Kaleidoscope, a virtual reality film festival. In case you haven’t noticed, virtual reality has come a long way from those kiosks at the mall and Nintendo’s all-red Virtual Boy.

Kaleidoscope is hosting 20 different virtual reality films and experiences that will push beyond the limits of two-dimensional perception and show you just what current virtual reality technology is capable of.

There will also be a handful of discussions featuring some of the creators and artists whose work is featured in the festival, including one Tyler Hurd, whose festival contribution — simply titled “BUTTS” — is a virtual reality animated cartoon “about anxiety, depression, and lots and lots of jiggling butts.” We’re not sure what to expect, but we’re very interested.

So far the film program … Read more ›
Have you heard of the latest trend? Modular synths. All the cool kids are doing it, so why aren’t you?

OK, we’re just kidding — sort of. If you’re not an electronic music producer, you might not know that, in the past five years or so, modular synths have taken the world by storm.

What is a modular synthesizer, you ask? Picture in your mind’s eye a “classic” synthesizer — let’s say the Korg microKORG for example (http://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/microkorg/) — which consists of a keyboard to play the notes and a bunch of knobs to tweak the kind of sound you’re going to get. (Getting very technical, but bear with us.)

The sounds of different synthesizers obviously vary based on the different kinds of components they’re built from.

A modular synthesizer gets rid of the all-in-one approach and instead, takes a Lego approach: a modular synth is built from various individual modules and components, … Read more ›
“There’s no sensation to compare with this…” 
Learning To Fly… Soul Flight
Painting and drawing Installation by, artist, Danielle DeRoberts
This series is a collection of self portraits inspired by the artists internal and external journey. Danielle has been painting portraits of others since her career started, and now challenges herself to face the audience and paint herself. She uses flight as a metaphor for soul exploration, breaking patterns and committing to self love, space and awareness.  Taking inspiration from Pink Floyd and their lyrics from the song “ Learning To Fly,” Danielle guides us through her personal challenges by painting literally from the lyrics created, verse by verse. The fear and excitement of flying translates into the impermanence of sensations- both good and bad within our soul journey: “ soul flight”. Staying true to the moment, the artists intention is to inspire awareness by working on the darkness that guides her … Read more ›
“Personal Mirages” examines creativity in different ways  to discover diversity in contemporary portraiture.
An exhibition that brings together a group of paintings, photos & drawings by:
Bernat Cormand
Ferran Torras
Javi Corellano
Rebecca Whipple
Including an interactive mural by Wall & Wall.
Curator: Betty Bigas
Opening Friday August 14th 2015
from 6:00 to 9:00pm
at Roll Up Gallery
161 Erie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Project Abstract.

Situated at the edge of San Francisco overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Lands End is a 2.9 mile coastal trail leading from the famous Sutro Baths and Cliff House. The trail has many unofficial paths that run through the hills and to the cliffs. Many people visit Lands End, yet only some slow down enough to listen, observe, and appreciate the beauty around them.

It was 1997 when I immigrated to United States.  I visited Ocean Beach with my mother the first week I was here.  She said, “If you ever miss me or your father, just remember we are all connected by the ocean here.”  Since I often felt alone due to the language barrier, I would walk quietly along the beach observing my surroundings.  I stumbled upon Lands End Trail, and the place instantly mesmerized me.  It transported me from the crowded city to an enchanted land straight out … Read more ›
On Thursday, July 30 at 9:00 p.m., we’re teaming up with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival to host the official afterparty, featuring San Francisco native and DJ legend Mix Master Mike, for As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM, a new documentary about the life and tragic death of Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM.

Mike will be taking over the Public Works main room after an opening set by DJ Cyclofunk. Mike’s career kicked off way back in the early ’90s, when he, DJ Apollo, and Q-Bert began taking over the world, winning one DJ championship after another with their out-of-this-world scratching skills. In fact, in 1994 Mike and Q-bert were asked to stop competing — the competition simply couldn’t hang.

Shortly thereafter, DJs Apollo, D-Styles, and Shortkut joined up with Mike and Q-bert to form the Invisible Skratch Piklz, who singlehandedly revolutionized the art … Read more ›