Join Arion Press and the Grabhorn Institute in welcoming the 6th Open Book Show!
Co-curated by Arion Press apprentice Samantha Companatico with recent SFAI graduate Kate Laster, the Open Book sequence of exhibitions has been, in their words, “about trust, curiosity, tenderness and community. These are shows where there are heavy sketchbooks to pore over, delicate artist books, journals and diagrams to inspect- all reiterating tactile and intimate experiences. Every show has built upon the last, growing in gumption and switching to a different venue each time." The most recent exhibition, Open Book Show V at Root Division, had a roster of over 90 artists.
In an age of encouraged ignorance, fake news, xenophobia, the Open Book Show tells stories. Lives lived in pages: artists take up room with their everyday. The practice of keeping records may be associated with comfort but it is an act of survival. Books chronicle queerness, manifestos, memory, persistence, magic, outrage & love.”
The exhibition will be open to the public Monday-Friday, 9-5, with a closing reception on August 24th from 7-10pm. Opening and closing events will have free live printing by SF Poster Syndicate and live performances from Bay Area Artists.