I have not one but TWO books (including the above "Three Grey Women", created with Garret Izumi in 2004) in this upcoming exhibition at the San Francisco Main Public Library. For reals kids, this show is not juried, so its a bit of a free for all: from xeroxed tomes to narratives woven into wigs; from exquisite calligraphy and painstaking hand illustrations to eye-popping 3-D wax sculptures. ch-ch-check it out. Free!
Book artists display innovative designs at exhibit
Traditionally, one thinks of a book as a bunch of pages bound between two covers. But to others, a book can take many forms and become works of art. Local book artists will display their innovative—and often whimsical—creations at BookWorks 2006: The 12th Triennial PCBA Members Exhibition, Jan. 14–March 19, 2006 in the Skylight Gallery at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St.
The exhibition presents a collection of 84 extraordinary books designed, printed, and assembled by members of the Pacific Center for the Book Arts, a Bay Area organization of book artists and educators. Artists offer a fresh perspective on books by using a wide range of techniques – including letterpress, calligraphy, hand illustration, traditional and unconventional bookbinding, and wild imagination.
“This exhibition provides the public with multiple examples of books as a form of fine art,” said Asa Peavy, program manager of the Book Arts and Special Collections Center. “Traditionally, books have a cover with pages inside, but they can also be made entirely out of metal, or shaped like a staircase; the BookWorks exhibition explores all realms.”
The Steven P. Corey Award for emerging artists and the Alastair Johnston Award for fine printing will be awarded to two outstanding pieces. Artist talks will also be held Feb. 11 and March 11, 1-3 p.m. in the Skylight Gallery.
BookWorks 2006 is presented by the Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts and Special Collections Center at the Main Library. The exhibition and programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the center at 415-557-4560 or visit us at www.sfpl.org/librarylocations/main/bookarts/bookarts.htm
The Pacific Center for the Book Arts was formed in 1980 to foster and support the new direction of book artists' various disciplines, and to provide a vehicle and focus for education, experimentation, and communication. For more information, please call 415-621-5744, or visit www.pcbaonline.net.