|The Art of the Book
Sixth Annual Exhibition of Handmade Books,
Altered Books and Book Related Works
|Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine
Amy Franceschini is an artist with a deep interest in how humans interact and impact the world around them. An overarching theme in her work is a perceived conflict between humans and nature. She creates websites, installations and public programs that provide platforms to question this divide. She draws inspiration from the improvisation, innovation and collaboration that emerges from the choreographed activities of farming both big and small. In 2004, she co-founded Free Soil, an international collective of artists, activists, and researchers who work together to propose alternatives to the current social, political and environmental organization of space. Her individual and collaborative work has been exhibited internationally at the Zentrum Kunst Media in Karlsruhe Germany, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. She has received numerous awards including the SFMOMA Seca Award, Artadia Award, Eureka Fellowship, Creative Capital and is recently the recipient of a Graham Foundation and Art Matters grant. She received her BFA from San Francisco State University and her MFA from Stanford University. Amy is a visiting faculty in the graduate program at the California College of the Arts.
Michael Swaine is an inventor and designer working in many media. Michael has collaborated with Futurefarmers since 1997. He is dedicated to working in the community. His "Mending Library" Generosity Project involves him pushing an old fashioned ice cream style cart on wheels with a treadle-operated sewing machine on it through the streets of San Francisco. He teaches at CCA and is currently working on his MA in Design at UC Berkeley.
Brief Interruptions in the Waste Stream
Erratum: Brief Interruptions in the Waste Stream,2010, is a new book by Futurefarmers' Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine. Erratum uses research, experimentation and social commentary to express a concern and critique of systems of capital and their effects on the material and social environment. This exhibition documents the making of the edition and provides an entry point and tools for the audience not only to imagine, but also to participate in and alter the devastating effects of pollution by using play to experiment with systemic change.
The sixth in a series of artist's books produced by the IMPRINT of the San Francisco Center for the Book, Erratum includes a limited edition book in the form of an ancient Egyptian brick mold which serves as both a document of a performance and a functional tool - an invitation to the viewer take action in reversing the long list of society's erratum. Two wooden molds are fused together in a mirror image. Inside one of the molds is a brick make from toilet shards and inside the other mold is a poster printed on paper. The great porcelain toilet can be seen as a mistake and Erratum can be seen as an attempt to reverse it- making new molds in order to fill them with new content or material - a symbol of self-reliance and regeneration.
Edition of 45