News Release - September 3, 2009

Guild of Book Workers Marking Time Book Arts Exhibition at SFPL

For Immediate Release: Sept. 3, 2009

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282

Guild of Book Workers Marking Time Book Arts Exhibition at San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library and the Guild of Book Workers are pleased to present Marking Time, the Guild’s triennial juried members' exhibition. The exhibition in the Skylight Galley at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, opens Sunday, Sept. 6 and will be on view through Nov. 22.

Time has long captured the imagination of artists, writers, scientists, philosophers and theologians, and Guild of Book Workers members, both established masters and gifted emerging artists, were invited to interpret the theme "marking time" for an exhibition featuring 50 works that will travel to nine venues across the country from May 2009 to March 2011. The exhibition is appearing at SFPL concurrent with the Guild’s annual Standards of Excellence Seminar in San Francisco this fall.

Marking Time showcases the rich diversity of backgrounds, talents and interests that has been a hallmark of Guild membership for more than 100 years. Exhibitors include conservators and bookbinders, arts educators and full-time studio artists. A number of works in this exhibition reference or incorporate actual parts of time-keeping devices and some reference the end of time. Others suggest historical structures or formats while several create contemporary "books of hours." Some celebrate the cycles of nature, while others track deterioration of environments. Some deal with a literal or figurative journey or cultural or personal history.

The exhibition includes works of traditional leather bindings standing alongside contemporary bindings that have been dyed, collaged or incorporate photographs or handwriting. Texts selected to be bound are as likely to be poetry or classics as they are science fiction or hard science. The show includes work in the codex format, complex folded structures, wooden constructions, hand-held toys and sculptural objects. Text and imagery is produced by the most ancient and the most modern mark-making methods: calligraphy, painting, woodcut, letterpress and digital output.

The Guild of Book Workers was founded in 1906 to "establish and maintain a feeling of kinship and mutual interest among workers in the several hand book crafts." The Guild currently has 850 members, amateur and professional, from all areas of the country and is the only national organization for practitioners of the arts of the book. Local Guild of Book Workers members Jody Alexander, Coleen Curry and Debbie Kogan will present a walk-through discussion of their works on view in the exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 12 between 2-4 p.m.

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