The San Francisco Center for the Book presents "Druckworks," a comprehensive survey of artworks by artist and scholar Johanna Drucker, featuring more than 60 books as well as graphic art and visual projects produced over the last 40 years. In addition to scholarly work, Drucker has produced more than two dozen artist books, many produced letterpress and using experimental typography. From deeply personal narratives, to humorous reflections and theoretically engaged poetics, Drucker's works have helped shape the field of artists' books, visual poetics, and digital aesthetics in dialogue with the arts and critical issues.
Drucker's career trajectory spans an important time-when she began making books in the early 1970s, the term "artist book" was not yet mainstream. Today, interest in "artist books" in their many popularized forms, from zines to fine press books, continues to reach new heights - attendance at the New York Art Book Fair in 2012 surpassed 20,000 people, drawing young artists, esteemed scholars and (seemingly) everyone in between.
The San Francisco Center for the Book offers over 300 workshops a year in the art of the book, from letterpress printing, hand bookbinding and related arts courses to exhibitions and public events - all to inspire a love of the book as an art form. SFCB is proud to host the west coast Druckworks exhibition, which has also traveled to the Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago and Denison Museum in Granville, Ohio.
Druckworks will open at the San Francisco Center for the Book on Friday, May 24, 2013 with an opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The exhibition will run through August 24, 2013 at the San Francisco Center for the Book at 375 Rhode Island Street. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10:00am - 5:00pm weekdays and 9:30 - 4:00 on Saturday.
About Artist Books
An artist book is a book created as an original work of art, rather than as a reproduction of pre-existing works (like an exhibition catalog or monograph). An artist utilizes the structure of the book as a means of expression through which to synthesize an idea, using textual and/or visual and/or physical means.