In Paul Madonna's San Francisco, which is ours too, the frisson of recognition feels like a reason to live. I know where that is, we say, meaning the geographic as well as the psychic space in Madonna's ongoing All Over Coffee series of pen-and-ink snapshots. We've all been there, or wanted to be. It's a city of possibility, the pictures suggest, in which it really makes good sense to "Leave a little emptiness/A space/for when what you're waiting for/arrives." Tonight at Electric Works is the book release and one-night exhibition for Everything Is Its Own Reward, an aptly chosen name of the newest volume collecting his illustrated aphorisms and other elliptical visual rhapsodies.In addition to the many lovely images and a briefly annotating afterword, the book also has a poster folded up inside its back cover, wherein he gazes at some brutalist-anonymous apartment building -- on Russian Hill, maybe? -- and suggests vital details of the lives going on inside it: "Lies about owning a TV" or "Starts every sentence with 'I feel like'" or "Lobbies government agencies and airlines to provide family and nonfamily flights so that people without children can fly without having to listen to screaming kids." Hey, look: It's us. The book release and one-night exhibition for Everything Is Its Own Reward starts at 7 p.m. at Electric Works. Admission is free.
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