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

PLEASE NOTE: as of March 17th, SFCB and the exhibition gallery will be temporarily closed to the public, due to San Francisco's "shelter in place" mandate.

 

Exhibition Run Dates :: February 7, 2020 – May 31, 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 ::

NOTE: Full registration details and information related to accessing online events can be found by clicking on the title of each event.

 

ONLINE: (retro)(intro) Artists in Conversation with Curators Maureen Forys & Jennie Hinchcliff :: Catherine Kumlin Gamblin

Date: April 8, 2020 :: 5 - 5:30 pm; RSVP is required for this online event.

Description: (retro)(intro)spection artist Catherine Kumlin Gamblin discusses her book I Promise Not To Get a Tattoo in SFCB's weekly series of online coversations (retro)(intro) artists. "Maybe I started this book on a whim, but I soon realized the relationship between the words and the self portraits were moving me through the experience of separating from my son. I drew every day for 45 days. I started with the self portrait. The self portrait then told me what words to write...I listened every day for dialogue, feelings, dreams, or thoughts that were just passing through. I had to capture the words each day because they would disappear if I didn't." -- Catherine Kumlin Gamblin

ONLINE: (retro)(intro) Artists in Conversation with Curators Maureen Forys & Jennie Hinchcliff :: Sarah Bryant of Big Jump Press

Date: April 15, 2020 :: 7:30 - 8 pm; RSVP is required for this online event

Description: (retro)(intro)pection artist Sarah Bryant discusses her book The Radiant Republic in SFCB's weekly series of online coversations (retro)(intro) artists. "(My book)The Radiant Republic is a cyclical project. Each portion of a five-part city building narrative includes a section of an interlocking landscape with no fixed beginning or end. Platonic solids, a set of five shapes made up of equilateral faces set at equal angles, feature heavily in the printed imagery. Since ancient times, these shapes have been held up as a physical manifestation of perfection of form. But one cannot create a perfect object, and one cannot build a perfect city. This book is a retrospective. It describes patterns of the past and connects them to a troubling present." -- Sarah Bryant 

ONLINE :: (retro)(intro)spection Artists in Conversation with Curators Maureen Forys and Jennie Hinchcliff :: Isabelle Fleurelien & Stephanie Russ, Seepress

Date: April 15, 2020 :: 7:30 - 8 pm; RSVP is required for this online event

Description: Description: (retro)(intro)pection artists Isabelle Fleurelien and Stephanie Russ discuss their book Boat Stories in SFCB's weekly series of online coversations (retro)(intro) artists. "Boat Stories began as a way to hear the voices that lived by the water, traveled on it, subsisted and explored it. The collaboration entailed our reaching out to others for their retrospective stories that in some way related to their travels and experiences on water. The humpback barnacle attaches itself to the body of a humpback whale and through this symbiotic relationship spends its life travelling the ocean. This natural collaboration between whale and crustacean inspired our desire to work with others and seek out their stories relating to their experiences on water. These unique stories are housed in the ceramic vessel creating a new collective experience." -- Isabelle Fleurelien, Stephanie Russ

 

glean, gather, group: Jody Alexander and the Santa Cruz SCRAP residency (this event has already passed)

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.

 

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