(retro)(intro)spection : moving past into the forward

Exhibition Run Dates :: February 7, 2020 – April 19, 2020

Jurors :: Alisa Golden (never mind the press / author, Making Handmade Books)

Lisa Beth Robinson (East Carolina University / Somnambulist Tango Press, Greenville, NC)

Steve Woodall (Achenbach Collections Specialist, Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco)

Curators :: Maureen Forys and Jennie Hinchcliff

Artists are frequently inspired by the past and aim to make work which speaks to future audiences, subsequent generations. Tandem processes of introspective questioning and retrospective storytelling often come together in the artist book format—giving reader and creator the opportunity for personal reflection. Artists books tell us stories by using narrative, structure, materials.

(retro)(intro)spection explores the crossroads where artists books and artistic process intersect. When do our amorphous ideas become real, at what point? What is the role of introspection and one’s personal past when applied to artists books? In the act of looking back as well as in, artists are inspired by their body of work, regarding the path or discovering the throughline which brings them to the present.

This exhibition, juried by Alisa Golden (never mind the press / author, Making Handmade Books), Lisa Beth Robinson (East Carolina University / Somnambulist Tango Press, Greenville, NC), and Steve Woodall (Achenbach Collections Specialist, Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco), showcases artists books which look backward, inward, outward, and forward in a variety of ways. Artists books tell us stories by using narrative, structure, materials. Each of these aspects help the artist to communicate a perspective, one that is singularly unique to themselves and the work. --Maureen Forys and Jennie Hinchcliff

 

Exhibiting artists: Shazia Ahmad :: Servane Briand :: Sarah Bryant / Big Jump Press :: Rebecca Chamlee / Pie In The Sky Press :: Aaron Cohick / Divya Victor / The Press at Colorado College :: Insiya Dhatt :: Dong Dong :: Linda Ekstrom :: Jennifer Farrell / Starshaped Press :: Cari Ferraro :: Isabelle Fleurelien and Stephanie Russ / Seepress :: Catherine Gamblin :: Frances Hackney :: Eva Hejdström :: Brooke Holve / ath’wart press :: Sue Huggins Leopard / Leopard Studio Editions :: Julia Johnson / Anna Redwine :: Hannah Kraus :: Oliya Maicoh :: Zea Morvitz :: Elise Nicol :: Bettina Pauly :: Lisa Rappoport / Littoral Press :: Jaime Robles :: Keri Schroeder / Coyote Bones Press :: Jessica Spring / Springtide Press :: Lorna Stevens :: Sally Schluter-Tardella :: Kay Weber :: Kyung Eun You / Women’s Studio Workshop

 

Exhibition Sponsors ::

Grants For The Arts | The Kahle Austin Foundation | Anonymous

 

Related Programming For This Exhibition ::

glean, gather, group: Jody Alexander and the Santa Cruz SCRAP residency

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 :: 6 – 8 pm; presentation starts at 6:30 pm

Location: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Description: Jody's recent residency at the Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility (a.k.a the dump) resulted in her installation titled "out in the distance there is a glow". This installation consists of the workspace and personal library of a fictional character of Jody's own creation who is responding to the time in which he lives. This character's story emerged as Jody worked with found materials gleaned from the recovery facility. Exploring the idea of rescuing or gathering cast off items, Jody's installation gathers together physical objects that speak directly to each other, creating a shared history and narrative that previously didn't exist. Jody will show images from her experience and discuss the challenges and benefits of working in such an environment. A portion of the library will also be present and on view.

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(retro)(intro)spection: Exhibiting Artists in Conversation with curators Maureen Forys and Jennie Hinchcliff

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 :: 6 – 8 pm; program starts at 6:30 pm

Location: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, SF. CA. 94103

Description: Join (retro)(intro)spection artists as they discuss their work with curators Maureen Forys and Jennie Hinchcliff. Attendees will have the opportunity to view selected works from the exhibition page by page as well as learn about the techniques and processes used in the creation of work for the exhibit.

 

The POST-O-SCOPE and 10 Years of the Keep Writing Project : Hope Amico of Gutwrench Press

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 :: 6 – 8 pm; presentation begins at 6:30 pm

Location: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, SF. CA. 94103

Description: In 2008, Hope Amico started Keep Writing as a way to stay in touch with penpals and friends. In 12 years and with over 130 editions, it has evolved into an ongoing conversation between subscribers and collaborators. Join us for a talk about the project with plenty of examples and opportunities to participate.

 

Exhibition Catalog :: A fully illustrated catalog of this exhibition is available for purchase from SFCB here...