Printeresting Visits San Francisco Center for the Book

Jenn Pascoe of Printeresting was in San Francisco last week for Codex and had the opportunity to visit the San Francisco Center for the Book. We were so pleased to be given permission to share the post here. Thanks Jenn! Click here to see the original post.

Dispatch From California

Here’s a mini post from my recent trip to California. I was lucky enough to have some free time to visit the new space for the San Francisco Center for the Book. Besides witnessing the space in it’s most pristine state, it was also worth checking out their current exhibition: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here. Scroll down for images of my favorite broadsides from the show!

Vandercook Presses at SF Center for the Book

View of the SF Center for the Book print studio.

SFCB might win the award for Cleanest Studios and Work Spaces. Ellen Haines, my traveling buddy, thinks so. Believe me, I had so many pictures of clean table tops and immaculate work spaces.

Seen at the San Francisco Center for the Book

Seen at the San Francisco Center for the Book

The Hell box AKA home for wayward leading.

Floor and Tabletop Platen Presses at the San Francisco Center for the Book

Floor and Tabletop Platen Presses at the San Francisco Center for the Book

Question: How many platen presses can one fit into a corner? Answer: Exactly four.

Ink station at the San Francisco Center for the Book

Ink station at the San Francisco Center for the Book

Please note the Vandercooks are all named after whales. My favorite was NARWAL, obviously.

Narwal is Sleeping

Narwal is Sleeping

 

About Printeresting

Printeresting analyzes the role of print in contemporary culture, drawing new connections between art, design, and current events. They seek to reframe the discourse surrounding the fine art print, by clarifying the many ways in which print is central to contemporary art. The approach is informed but irreverent, humorous but sincere.

Authored by multiple contributors, Printeresting hosts a wide-ranging combination of original writing and aggregated content. They present artwork, artist profiles, studio visits, reviews, coverage of conferences and art fairs, and more. Printeresting casts a wide net and eschews traditional hierarchies. They may find themselves as interested in a photocopied flyer as we are in a major exhibition. Whether the topic is the mass-production of the past, or the mass-customization of the future, the subject is the multiple, and the multiple is the language of the contemporary world.

Over the years the Printeresting collaboration has expanded offline, and has completed numerous exhibitions and other curatorial productions. They continue to pursue these projects, but at the heart of what they do is the website: WWW.PRINTERESTING.ORG. The growing archive of posts may represent the most comprehensive database of contemporary print practice. Printeresting is for artists, designers, printers, curators, collectors, teachers, students, and the generally curious. As such, they welcome your comments and suggestions. Let them know what you think, and please spread the word!

For more info about Printeresting, read Seriously Printeresting: An Interview with the Founders by Sarah Kirk Hanley on the Art21 Blog. You can also listen to an interview with Printeresting on The Book Arts and Poets Podcast hosted by Prof Steve Miller.

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