Juried Exhibition from the College Book Art Association, January 5 - March 11, 2012

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December 21, 2011


Juried Exhibition from the College Book Art Association January 5-March 11, 2012, San Francisco Main Library

Illuminating the theme, “Time, Sequence and Technology,” the San Francisco Public Library is pleased to present BiblioTech, a juried exhibition from the College Book Art Association (CBAA), on view in the Skylight Gallery at the San Francisco Main Library, Sixth Floor, January 5 – March 11, 2012.

For the exhibition, College Book Art Association members were invited to submit books that demonstrate the broad range of technologies employed in making artists’ books.  Results include innovative works that bridge traditional volumes and digital books. Some emphasize the tangibility of the printed volume with hand-printed text and others emphasize the technological with laser cutting and digital software. “This exhibition demonstrates that a book remains a celebrated object” explained Macy Chadwick, co-chair of the association’s third biennial conference, which is occurring during the exhibition.

Among the books on view are:

  • Rondo by Robbin Ami Silverberg, a collection of images of typewriting on translucent handmade papers that also includes audio of a musical performance using paper as the instrument.
  • A History of Light by Daniel Mellis, which “explores the inaccessibility of the past through an examination of the negative space of the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago” explains Mellis.
  • The 0’s and 1’s of digital data by Leia Reedijk, which is housed in a box resembling a motherboard and explores where information goes when it is liberated from the page.

The College Book Art Association conference is hosted by Mills College and a consortium of Bay Area educators. It will cover a broad range of conceptual and practical concerns in contemporary bookmaking and will feature numerous events, lectures, demonstrations, discussions and tours of Bay Area venues.  For more information about the conference visit

Upcoming Related Programs:

Opening Reception includes a spoken word performance of the book “Lexicology” by artists Tricia Treacy and Ashley John Pigford.

Jan. 5, 2012, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library.

Gallery Walkthrough with Macy Chadwick of In Cahoots Press, and other book artists including Charles Hobson, Casey Gardner and Harry and Sandra Reese.

Jan. 28, 2012, 2 p.m., Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library.

Technology in Book Arts panel discussion including Steve Woodall, director of the Center for Book and Paper Arts, at Columbia College Chicago, Don Farnsworth of Magnolia Press in Oakland, and John DeMerritt of John DeMerritt Bookbinding in Emeryville. 

Feb. 18, 2012, 2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, Main Library.

Related Exhibit:

Book Arts: Selections from the Robert Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing and the Development of the Book on view January 5 – March 11, 2012.

Outside the San Francisco History Center, Sixth Floor, Main Library.

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