A Collaboration on the Human Experience – New Exhibit & Related Programs: Meeting Places

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 A Collaboration on the Human Experience
New Exhibit & Related Programs: Meeting Places

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San Francisco, CA –
A year after having met in Florence, Italy, in 2013, book artists Lyall Harris and Patricia Silva embarked on a series of twelve collaborative book art projects, now on display at the San Francisco Public Library’s Art, Music & Recreation Center.

On Thursday, June 15 there will be an artist talk and discussion at 5 p.m. and on Sunday, June 18 at 2 p.m. Silva and Harris will lead a workshop demonstrating innovative folded book structures with the use of upcycled library materials.

Harris and Silva set constraints for their book arts process, both of materials and time, which forced them to work in an immediate, intuitive and exploratory way. The process began with one artist providing the inspiration and starting materials, such as saved remnants, quotes, and ideas previously set aside. The receiving artist then had only weeks to bring the project to a “halfway” point, adding or editing materials sparingly during this phase. The project was then given back to the originating artist who finished the books (in an edition of two) in a few weeks’ time.

The varied work addresses issues and histories from their shared and layered perspectives as artists, mothers, daughters, wives, and expats in a changing and complex environment. Their collaborations, which have since grown to include sculpture and photography, point to a unified aesthetic, as if made by one hand. More than a set intention, this is a natural outcome of their work together. What comes of their joint efforts unveils our human experience through an appropriately prismatic lens.

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Related Events

Exhibition: Meeting Places: Collaborative Bookworks by Lyall Harris & Patricia Silva – June 10–Sept. 14, Main Library, Art, Music & Recreation Center, 4th Floor

Opening Reception and Artists’ Talk – Thursday, June 15, 5 p.m., Main Library, Art, Music & Recreation Center, 4th Floor

Book Arts Workshop – Sunday, June 18, 2 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Room