Catching the Light :: Bookworks from Southern California

Exhibition :: Catching the Light :: Bookworks from Southern California

Curator :: Carolee Campbell

Exhibition Run Dates :: February 2 - May 13, 2018

Location :: San Francisco Center for the Book

Admission is free.

Why Catching the Light? It is the unremitting light of the sun, day after cloudless day, turning eucalyptus leaves into shuddering flame and forcing cactus to bloom. It is piercing sunlight shattering off the chaparral. Shading one’s eyes, it is the impossible glare bouncing off the waters of the Pacific. It is weatherless weather.

And why this particular gathering of books from Southern California? It is because this selection of books and broadsides comes from bookmakers who have plowed the field for years. They are artists who have honed their craft during multiple hours of steady work; using skills that are brought to bear in creating books that, when seen, couldn’t have been made in any other way. They bring to this art the discipline, study, and practice of the craft of the hand; formal process bound together with conceptual rigor. Among them are painters, printmakers, photographers, and poets. Some are teachers. Now add these skills: setting type by hand or creating digital text with the same subtle skill as in hand-set type; knowledge of the quirks of personality in paper, cloth, and leather, glue and thread, metal and wood, photographic chemistry, ink and paints.

The works in this exhibition are the mature expression of their makers who persist in the work, continuing the unbroken lineage of the art of the book on and into the 21st century. It is investigative bookmaking at its best. Artists, working for years, each finding their own path, beyond trends and long beyond influence, are represented here.   

Southern California is emblematic of light and space. Each artist in this exhibition has discovered an independence of thinking because of that space, just as have the many artists of all disciplines who work here.

It has been my privilege to know them and to select their work for this exhibition.

—Carolee Campbell                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Book Talk :: Friday :: March 23, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Admission is free. (link is external)R.S.V.P. here...

Exhibition Catalog

A fully illustrated catalog of this exhibition may be purchased from San Francisco Center for the Book

A companion exhibition of broadsides will be on display concurretnly at the Book Club of California


Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli (Silver Lake) 

The Bieler Press (Marina del Rey)
Gerald Lange 

Blackbird Press (Upland)
Jean Gillingwators 

Brighton Press (San Diego)
Bill Kelly and Michele Burgess 

Druckwerk (Los Angeles)
Johanna Drucker 

Genie Shenk (Solana Beach)

Ninja Press (Sherman Oaks)
Carolee Campbell

Pie In The Sky Press (Simi Valley)
Rebecca Chamlee 

Pressious Jade Press (Los Angeles)
Katherine Ng 

Sibyl Rubottom (San Diego)

simplemente maria press (Santa Barbara)
Mary Heebner 

Turkey Press/Edition Reese (Isla Vista)
Harry Reese and Sandra Liddell Reese

Two Hands Press (Marina del Rey)
Kitty Maryatt