The Pacific Center for the Book Arts (affectionately known as “PCBA”) is a San Francisco based membership organization for book artists, letterpress printers, and folks who have a great love of all things book arts related. Every three years, PCBA hosts the Bookworks exhibition in the Skylight Gallery at the SF Public Library.
This season’s Bookworks exhibit features the work of over one hundred book artists, calligraphers, letterpress printers, and fine binders. I’m excited to say that my artist book Fragments (completed last year) will be on display!
Told over the course of six months, Fragments addresses the nature of hunting/gathering (i.e. collecting) from the point of view of an avid gleaner. The book incorporates glassine envelopes, ledger paper, and bits of vintage ephemera.
It is a topic I constantly think about: why certain things are kept and saved as treasures, while other items are discarded and forgotten. What makes a memento meaningful? How does a certain item become “collected”, cherished?
The text for each page is typed on onionskin vellum, using my Smith-Corona Zephyr (circa 1938). Hand stamping is applied to some of the pages as well. The glassine envelope pages are affixed to a concertina spine, which is attached to the front and back covers. The book is housed in a kraft brown box, which is lined with ledger paper.
The opening reception for Bookworks 2014 takes place on Saturday, June 21st from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs thru September 6th, 2014 at the Main Library. For more information and info about additional programming, be sure to take a look at both the PCBA and SFPL websites.