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.
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…
Tamara Suarez Porras has constructed a site-specific installation in Meyer Library that considers three total solar eclipses: 1979, 2017, and 2024. eclipsis is the outcome of a long process of digging, accumulating and collecting photographs and ephemera, and re-contextualizing them. In doing so, new meanings are constructed and spaces are altered.
Eclipsis, a word puzzle: eclipse, ellipsis, eclipsis...It reveals porras’ “habit” of distilling material to evoke multiple readings of an object. Starting with an installation of two videos and floor-to-ceiling wallpaper in the storefront, the audience is invited to two parallel yet fragmented spaces. The show unfolds as you walk into the library listening to a sound piece created by Sei Harris. To listen, scan the QR code or stream it through the URL.
California College of the Arts (CCA) is proud to lead the For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative in the Bay Area—working with major arts and cultural organizations across the region to increase voter registration, voter access, and engagement in the broader practices of democracy. CCA presents Creative Citizensin Action, a series of town halls, special exhibitions, and workshops that facilitate civic discourse and participation to drive social and cultural change.
CCA has also collaborated with other Bay Area art institutions to serve as civic forums for action and discussions of values, place, patriotism, and the importance of voting. Additionally, CCA’s San Francisco campus is now a voter registration and polling site serving San Francisco citizens both on and off campus.
Book art can range from a simple zine to a unique altered book, a folded
piece of handmade paper to a handcrafted and letterpress printed edition,
and everything in between and beyond. Visual imagery may be generated
through photography, illustration, graphic design, textile, and printmaking
techniques and may feature poems, stories, and research. Students from all
majors come together to learn how to make books in two classes offered by
the Printmaking Program at CCA: Bookworks; and Papermaking and the Book.
The exhibition highlighted selected book art created in classes
taught by Alisa Golden and Rhiannon Alpers during the spring semester of 2017.
Increasingly popular, some artists and book publishers are making “bootleg” versions of photo books and editions that have become rare (and thus hard to find or very expensive). During the Fall 2017 semester, Mays gave the following assignment: “Make a bootleg version of a book from Meyer Library. Take inspiration from the original but make a version that you think is worthy of a re-issue that takes some imaginative liberties with the original. This may/will go beyond a strict ‘bootleg,’ BUT it should definitely go beyond a mere facsimile of the original.”