Our newest artists book acquisitions are from Land and Sae, a small press based in Oakland, CA, run by Maria Otero Aand Chris Duncan (CCA Alumnas). From the publisher: Land and Sea began during the final days of 2009 and have consistently been punlishing small editions of books and records by artists from the bay area and beyond. Under the same moniker, Chris and Maria organize gatherings that celebrate the artists the artists they work with as well as the communities they are apart of. Land and Sea are proud to have their editions in the collections of the SFMOMA, The Berkeley Art Museum, Standford Liubrary, and the NYMOMA.
You've Got to Turn it Around' is a two part installation featuring work by Danielle Genzel and Beryl Bevilacque. Both artists use glitch and error in their practice to explore personal or familial archive.
In 'You've Got to Turn it Around' Bevilacque appropriates unintentional recordings which her mother captured while attempting to photograph a subject at the other end of her device. The artists writes "We cannot see what she attempted to record in the moving image, but we can see her emotional reactions to those events." Bevilacque continues, "This angle looks like a video chat, but in those cases, the cell phone user engages with another person. Our engagement here is single channel."
Similarly in work titled 'Reduction' Genzel deconstructs her family archive through analogue and digital agents,'searching for action around the edges'. Genzel writes "Through the use of these digital tools I aim to both clarify and distort the read of a single image." Genzel continues," I see this as a moment of comparison…
Time Covers All is a display of work by artist and photographer Georgina Reskala's. Reskala's practice deals with phantom limbs, memories that didnt occur and what it means to capture a fleeting moment through the lens of a camera.The artist writes "I recreate moments which I didn't experience. I am interested in the vague intensity of memories in relation to the elusive passage of time."
This display includes artist books from California College of the Art's Arts Book Collection which speak to the Reskala's body of work. This selection includes Palimpsest by Ann Lovett and Riceboy Sleeps by Jon Thor Birgisson and Alex Somers.
The display was curated in a collaboration between Georgina Reskala and Amelia Brod. It is on view at the Meyer and Simpson Library until February 17th
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Freedom, a Fable is an illustrated artist's book with text
and pop-up silhouettes. At first glance it appears to be a
nineteenth-century children's book, but it is decidedly not.
It tells the story of a female slave whose life after
emancipation veers far from her dreams of meritocracy,
revealing that Freedom, a Fable is not just the title of the
work but is also the lesson to be learned.
The Simpson Library presents Moby Dick, or, The White Whale, a display in conjunction with EMOJICON, a conference put on by Emoji Learn to make connections with the global emoji community and discuss the contemporary usages and implications of this popular form of visual communication.
Fred Benenson’s Emoji Dick was created in collaboration with over eight hundred Amazon Mechanical Turk workers. Benenson worked with one Amazon Mechanical Turk to translate an estimated 10,000 sentences from Herman Melville’s iconic American novel. Another set of workers voted to decide on the most popular versions of every sentence in Emoji Dick. In total this book took 3,795,980 seconds to complete. Each worker was paid per translation (five cents) and for their vote (two cents). This project was
crowd- sourced by Benenson using Kickstarter in 2009. In conjunction with
Emoji Dick, the library presents alternative versions of Moby Dick.
Little Red Riding Hood is a European fairy tale about an innocent little girl and the Big Bad Wolf. Among many versions of the story, which can be traced back to the 10th century, the Brother Grimm’s has been reproduced in many different forms. The brothers spent most of their lives in Kassel, Germany, the city which is recognized to be the capital city for the Brothers Grimm as well as the home of the art exhibition Documenta. For years, the brothers’ fairy tales have been a repeating theme in Documenta.
Clémentine Soudais is a writer and illustrator for youth. Her works often involve illustrating fairy tales for children. And she is also an author of children’s books.
In recognition of her contribution to establishing the Photography Program and her lasting impact on countless students over four decades of making, teaching, and advising, Meyer Library is pleased to present S.E. Ciriclio | Artist, Faculty, Mentor. The exhibition will include a chance to interact with Susan's artist’s books and view a selection of materials from the archives visualizing her legacy at CCA.
This is an introductory printmaking/bookmaking class with no prerequisites, open to students of all levels and majors. the book form can intergrate a wide range of media and materials, bringing together image and text, structure and sequence in one moveable, touchable object. Through a series of projects incorporating each artist's interesrests and chosen media we will work inventively with a variety of traditional and experminemntal book forms We will refine our skills as we investigate topics such as: the uses of words and images, conceptual layering, the improtance of memory, the connections between form and content, and the influence of time and change.
The beauty of an edition is that it can be shared like a zine and distrubuted more easily to more people. Time is spent on designing one, then printing up and binding many. The goal was to design a book in an edition of 20 copies that could be reproduced easily. The content was open, but the books had to incorporate two lines of letterpress printing and o…