Thursday, September 4, 2008

Fifth Annual Roadworks Steamroller Prints


It’s time for the Fifth Annual Roadworks Steamroller Prints. Come to SF Center for the Book and see an real steamroller make prints and enjoy all the great art and wares from local vendors. Brave our recent heat wave and support the Center and the local book making community.

Local artists and members of the community convene at this annual free street fair to create unique large-scale linoleum block carvings printed with a three-ton steamroller.

Roadworks: Steamroller Prints will bring together 6 local artists, Patricia Curtan, Emory Douglas, Jason Jagel, Rik Olson, Favianna Rodriguez, and San Quentin State Prison students of Katya McCulloch with Art Hazelwood, will create original linocut prints to be pressed by the steamroller. You can find out more about the artists and see some of their work here.
http://www.sfcb.org/html/2008rwartists.html

In addition to steamroller printmaking, there will be free children's activities, music and dozens of book arts vendors selling their wares. At the Roadworks: Steamroller Prints street fair you can buy a "little lino" steamroller print; chose from an array of handmade books, gifts and prints; get a bite to eat; take a tour of the SFCB gallery and pull your very own letterpress print.

Potrero Hill's street fair will take place Saturday, September 20, 2008, 12 noon to 5 pm, on De Haro Street between 16th and 17th streets.

When you are there, visit the exhibit in the Center on censorship. Given the Republican choice of VP, if they win, we can look forward to more censorship, book banning and maybe even book burning.

Banned & Recovered: Artists Respond to Censorship
an exhibition at two venues

Books that have been suppressed constitute a shockingly wide selection, ranging from colonial-era novels to acknowledged contemporary classics—books such as Fanny Hill, Tom Sawyer, The Color Purple, and the Harry Potter novels. "What's most troubling," says AAMLO chief curator Rick Moss, "is how arbitrary the process is. In keeping with the missions of our two organizations, we all felt this was the most thought-provoking and appropriate way to explore this issue, while dovetailing with the ALA's 2008 theme 'free people read freely.'"

San Francisco Center for the Book
Aug. 15-Nov. 26, 2008
Public reception Fri., Aug. 15, 6-8pm
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 10-5; Sat, 12-4

African American Museum and Library at Oakland
Sept. 5-Dec. 31, 2008
Public reception Fri., Sept. 5, 6:30-9:00pm
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, 12-5:30

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