THE 2024 SF ART BOOK FAIR
Presented by Minnesota Street Project Foundation
July 18–21, 2024
1275 Minnesota Street / 1150 25th Street / 1201 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Public Hours:
Preview: Thursday, July 18: 6:00–10:00 pm
Friday, July 19: 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Saturday, July 20: 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Sunday, July 21: 11:00 am–5:00 pm


2024 EXHIBITORS



 222 Press (CA)

Adobe Books and Arts Coop (CA)

Alex Lukas (CA)

Allowing Many Forms (CA)

Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens,
E.A.R.T.H. Lab SF (CA)

Anthology Editions (CA)

Aperture (NY)

Apogee Graphics (CA)

Artbook | D.A.P. (NY)

Aventures Ltd Press (NY)

Awkward Ladies Club (CA)

AZETAguía (Nicaragua)

azulejo arte impressa (Brazil/CA)

Bad Student / Future Fellow (Philippines/NY)

Balam (Argentina)

BASEMENT (CA)

Bathers Library (CA) 
B.B. Press (CA)

BLUM Books (CA)

Book and Job Gallery (CA)

But Whole Press (CA)

Calipso Press (Colombia/NY)

Can Can Press (Mexico)

Case Publishing / shashasha (Japan)

Colpa Press (CA)

commune (Japan)

Company Studio (CA)

Cone Shape Top (CA)

Container Corps (OR)

conventional projects (CA)

Conveyor Editions (NJ)

Creative Growth (CA)

Crisis Editions / Dane Press (Canada)

Curious Publishing (CA)

Current Editions (CA)

Datz Press (South Korea)

David King Estate (CA)

Deadbeat Club (CA)

Deep Time Press (CA)

DeMerritt Pauwels Editions (CA)

Documerica Books (CA)

D.R.Y. (CA)

Eames Institute (CA)

Ediciones Concordia Mx (CA)

Ediciones Hungria (Mexico)

EGGY (CA)

Errant Press (CA)

Et al. (CA)

EXiT at Catharine Clark Gallery (CA)

Fillip (Canada)

Floss Editions (CA)

For the Birds Trapped in Airports (CA)

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library (CA)
Fugitive Materials (NY)
The Fulcrum Press (CA)

GenderFail (NY)

Gold Rain (Mexico)

GRL GRP (CA)

Groove Merchant (CA)

Hat & Beard (CA)

Hesse Press (CA)

Hi-Bred (MD)

Homie House Press (MD)

Hot Books (CA)

THE ICE PLANT (CA)

illetante books (CA)

Inventory Press (CA)

Irrelevant Press (NY/CA)

Issue Press (MI)

Jiazazhi (China)

Kareem Michael Worrell (MA)

KATE LASTER (CA)

Kidtofer (CA) 
LAND AND SEA (CA)

LANGUAGE BARRIER &
AUSPICIOUS BOOKS (CA)
Last Gasp (CA)

Lemonade Press (CA)

Letterform Archive (CA)

Louis M Schmidt (CA)

The Magazine / Dark Entries Editions /
New Age Rage
(CA) 
A Magic Mountain (CA)

Matt Crabe (CA)

McSweeney's (CA)

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts /
San Francisco Arts Commission
(CA)

modlitbooks (CA)

Moniker Press (CA)

Monograph Bookwerks (OR)
Moonlight Press (CA)

More Human Editions (CA)

MÖREL Books (UK)

Most Ancient (CA)

National Monument Press (CA)

Nazraeli Press (CA)

NEOGLYPHIC MEDIA (WA)

New Dimension (UK)

New Documents (CA)

NIAD Art Center (CA)

Night Diver Press (CA)

NIGHTED (CA)

Paper Monument / n+1 (NY)

Paragon Books (CA)

Park Life (CA)

People I've Loved (CA)

Perimeter Editions (Australia)

PM Press (CA)

Poppy Press (CA)

Prelinger Library (CA)

QRWHZGUB (CA)

Quality Time (CA) 
The Quarterly Report (CA)

Random Man Editions (NY)

RE/Search and Search & Destroy (CA)

Rite Editions (CA)

Saint Lucy Books (MD)

San Francisco Cinematheque (CA)

SARA (Mexico)

Savi Factory (CA)

Scooters For Peace (Japan)

Seaton Street Press (NY)

Secret Headquarters (CA)

Secret Riso Club (NY)

Set Margins' publications (Netherlands)

Setanta books (UK)

Shortt Editions (FL)

Silver Sprocket (CA)
/ (Slash) (CA)

Sming Sming Books (CA)

Soberscove Press (IL)

Special Effects (CA)

StreetSalad (CA)

SUPER LABO (Japan)

TBW Books (CA)

te editions (NY/China)

Telematic Media Arts (CA)

Tiny Splendor (CA)

TIS books (CA)

Tomorrow Today (CA)

Triangle Books / Dreieck Bücher (Belgium)

Unity Press (CA)

Vacancy Projects (CA)

Visible Publications (CA)

Wasted Books (CA)

Weird Babes Press (CA)

William Stout Architectural Books (CA)

X Artists' Books (CA)

x_x (Spain)

Zatara Press (VA)


The San Francisco Art Book Fair (SFABF) is pleased to announce its seventh year at Minnesota Street Project’s contemporary art campus. Open July 19 through July 21, 2024, with a preview the evening of July 18, the SFABF is a free annual multi-day exhibition and celebration of printed material from independent publishers, artists, designers, collectors, and enthusiasts from around the world.

SFABF places the unique history and perspectives of the Bay Area in conversation with national and international publishing communities. Free and open to the public, SFABF features artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples. Throughout the weekend, visitors to the fair are welcome to experience a diverse range of talks, performances, book launches, special projects, exhibitions, and signings across the Project’s contemporary art campus, as well as select off-site projects and events. As of 2023, the SFABF has welcomed more than 80,000 visitors. The fair continues to expand its horizons, offering more in-depth programming related to art publishing at three different venues on the Minnesota Street Project contemporary arts campus, new exhibitors, and exciting fundraising editions from Bay Area artists.

Adding to the excitement, we’ve included a new exhibition space at 1150 25th Street, Building B, Suite B. In addition to the 85 exhibitors at 1275 Minnesota Street, 1150 25th Street will feature 45 publishers whose practices are dedicated to accessible and inventive forms of bookmaking and publishing.

Presented by the Minnesota Street Project Foundation, SFABF’s mission is to help sustain the creation and distribution of printed material through support of the independent publishing community from the Bay Area and beyond, and to expand our reach to new audiences.

Opening night music and DJs provided by Fault Radio

Exhibitor applications are now closed. The deadline for applications was Friday, March 22, 11:59 PST.

As always, please subscribe to our mailing list for the most up-to-date announcements and information.
If you have further questions or press inquiries, you can email the fair at info@sfartbookfair.com.

If you would like to volunteer, please fill out this form to let us know your availibility. Questions? Please email volunteering@sfartbookfair.com.
The 2024 San Francisco Art Book Fair would like to thank our generous sponsors:


Presenting Sponsor:
Minnesota Street Project Foundation

Supporting Sponsors:
Chronicle Books, Dogpatch Wealth, San Francsico Center for the Book and Independent Arts & Media

Media Sponsor:
Hyperallergic

In-kind Sponsors:
Shapco Printing, Forthrite Printing, Edition One, Lightsource SF

Special thanks to Deborah and Andy Rappaport, Michael Rubel, Rachel Sample, Caitlin Kirkpatrick, Cherisse Baird, Julie Casemore, Aidan Williams, Morgan Stanley, Anglim Trimble, Eleanor Harwood, Hashimoto Contemporary, Heesoo Kwon and Craig Calderwood.

Opening night music and DJs provided by Fault Radio.  


THE 2023 SF ART BOOK FAIR

Presented by Minnesota Street Project Foundation
1201 + 1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Thursday, July 13: 6pm – 10pm
Friday, July 14: 11am – 6pm
Saturday, July 15: 11am – 6pm
Sunday, July 16: 11am – 5pm


Photo: Aaron Wojack

2023 EXHIBITORS



A Magic Mountain (CA)
Afterlife Press (CA)
Alicia's Klassic Kool Shoppe (Canada)
Altman Siegel (CA)
Anal Magazine (Mexico)
And Aaron Krach (NY)
Animal Sleep Stories (OR)
Aperture (NY)
Arion Press (CA)
Aventures Ltd Press (NY)
Awkward Ladies Club (CA)
B.B. Press (CA)
Basement (CA)
Blum & Poe (CA)
BOMB Magazine (NY)
Book and Job Gallery (CA)
Bronze Age (UK)
But Whole Press (CA)
cademy (NY)
Can Can Press (Mexico)
Canyon Cinema Foundation (CA)
CCA COMIC COHORT (CA)
CCA Small Press (CA)
CCA Wattis Institute for
Contemporary Arts
(CA)
Christopher Kardambikis and
Paper Cuts
(D.C.)
Chronicle Books (CA)
Cita Press (CA)
Club del Prado (Argentina)
Cold Cube Press (NY)
The Codex Foundation (CA)
Colour Code (Canada)
Colpa Press (CA)
commune (Japan)
Company Studio (CA)
Cone Shape Top (CA)
Container Corps (OR)
conventional projects (CA)
Creative Growth (CA)
Creativity Explored (CA)
Crisis Editions / Dane Press (Canada)
Curious Publishing (CA)
Dalé Zine ® (FL)
Datz Press (South Korea)
Deadbeat Club (CA)
Deep Time Press (CA)
DeMerritt Pauwels Editions (CA)
diasporan savant press (GA)
Division Leap (OR)
Documerica Books &
Light Squared Media
(CA)
DRY. (CA)
Each and Every Press (MI)
East of Borneo (CA)
edgar bryan books (CA)
Ediciones Concordia Mx (Mexico)
Eggy (CA)
Entropy Editions (MN)
Et al. (CA)
Eternal Now (CA)
Evil Twin (CA)
FAWW GALLERY (UK)
Fillip (Canada)
Fish Juice (CA)
Floss Editions (CA)
For The Birds Trapped in Airports /
Speculation Bookshop (CA)
Forgotten Youth Records (CA)
Friends of the San Francisco
Public Library
(CA)
Fugitive Materials (NY)
The Fulcrum Press (CA)
Gabriel Edwards (CA)
Gallery 16 Editions (CA)
Garage Publishing (CA)
Gato Negro Ediciones (Mexico)
GRL GRP (CA)
Groove Merchant San Francisco (CA)
Handy Hand Goods (CA)
Hat & Beard Press (CA)
Headlands Center for the Arts (CA)
Hi-Bred (CA)
Homie House Press (MD)
HOMOCATS (NY)
horse gurl press (OR)
Hotam Press (Canada)

The Ice Plant (CA)
IDEAL Surf (CA)
illetante books (CA)
Illustoria Magazine (CA)
Inventory Press (CA)
Irrelevant Press (CA)
Issue Press (MI)
Ivy Zheyu Chen / UPON (NY)
Jamiyla Lowe (Canada)
KAHL Editions (UK)
Kareem Michael Worrell (MA)
KGP | MONOLITH (NY)
Kidtofer (CA)
Kodoji Press (Switzerland)
Korean American Artist Collective (CA)
Laguna Collective (CA)
LAND AND SEA (CA)
Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (CA)
Louis M Schmidt (CA)
Lower Falls (CA)
Margaux Bigou (French Polynesia)
Martian Press (CA)
modlitbooks (CA)
Monograph Bookwerks (OR)
More Human Editions (CA)
MÖREL Books (UK)
Most Ancient (CA)
National Monument Press (CA)
Nazraeli Press (CA)
New Documents (CA)
NIAD Art Center (CA)
Night Diver Press (CA)
NIGHTED (CA)
Nino Mier Gallery (CA)
nueoi (CA)
OMMU (Greece)
Paper Monument / n+1 (NY)
Paragon Books (CA)
Park Life (CA)
People I've Loved (CA)
Perimeter Editions (Australia)
Plunge (CA)
Poppy Press (CA)
Press Press (CA)
Raya Editorial +
La Chancleta Voladora
(Colombia - CA)
RE/Search and Search & Destroy (CA)
Revista Balam (Argentina)
RITE Editions (CA)
S.A.R.A. (Mexico)
San Francisco Cinematheque (CA)
Saleem M’Boge (CA)
Savi Factory and Friends (CA)
Seaton Street Press (PA)
Secret Headquarters (CA)
Setanta Books (UK)
Shlag Lab (France)
Shortt Editions (FL)
siglio (NY)
Silver Sprocket (CA)
/ (Slash) (CA)
Sming Sming Books (CA)
Soberscove Press (IL)
Special Effects (CA)
The Spooky Haus (CA)
stop.gap (CA)
Strangeways Magazine (CA)
StreetSalad (CA)
Taxonomy Press (MI)
TBW Books (CA)
te magazine (CA)
Telematic Media Arts (CA)
THESE DAYS (CA)
Tiny Splendor (CA)
TIS books (NY)
Tomorrow Today (CA)
Triangle Books (Belgium)
Unity Press (CA)
Vacancy Projects (CA)
Visible Publications (CA)
Wasted Books (CA)
Who Press'd Press (PA)
William Stout Architectural Books (CA)
Written Names Fanzine (CA)
X Artists' Books (CA)
Zatara Press (VA)



Photo: Aaron Wojack

PROGRAMMING


Our Director of Programming is David Senior.
To download the 2023 SFABF program guide, click here.

THE LOUNGE


Friday, July 14


11am-12pm
Cyberfeminism Index, with a performative reading by Mindy Seu, who will be joining remotely, followed by an in-person discussion with Kishonna Gray
Edited by designer, professor, and researcher Mindy Seu, CYBERFEMINISM INDEX includes more than 700 short entries of radical techno-critical activism, academic articles, hackerspaces, software education, net art, and more. Both a vital introduction for laypeople and a robust resource guide for educators, CYBERFEMINISM INDEX—an anti-canon, of sorts—celebrates and makes visible cyberfeminism’s long-ignored origins and its expansive legacy. Presented by Inventory Press.

1-2pm
The Molotov’s Poetry: Queer, Trans, and Feminist Self-Publishing, with golden dreamsong
In the last fifty years, self-publishing has been critical in the dissemination of a number of seminal queer and feminist works, including Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider and Larry Mitchell’s The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions. Diasporan Savant Press’s golden dreamsong would like to take you on a tour of some of their favorite examples of feminist, queer, and trans works published by small publishing houses throughout history, as well as contemporary independent publishers keeping the tradition alive! Presented by Diasporan Savant Press.

2-3pm
40 Years of Zines, Monographs, and Collaborative Art Publications by Creativity Explored Artists
Creativity Explored presents over two dozen artful books, zines, and collaborative projects by artists with developmental disabilities. Meet several Creativity Explored artists and learn about their growing contributions to the world of art publishing.  Featuring Fears of Your Life and Imaginationally, both by Michael Bernard Loggins, Lancescapes by Colter Jacobson, Tell You What series by NY Times best-selling author Beth Lisick, Wonderful Blackiful People by CE’s Blackiful Collective, and a selection of original art books.

3-4pm
New Life in the Public Domain, with Jessi Haley
Our cultural heritages contain a vast trove of material that can inform understanding of our current moment and inspire new work. Readers and creators can get their hands on tens of thousands of books, images, and other media in the public domain–all free to consume and adapt. Curation and accessibility are essential to finding and nurturing the legacies of works by marginalized and avant-garde artists. How can designers and artists draw from this body of work? Cita Press is an open access, design-focused feminist press that honors the principles of decentralization, collective knowledge production, and equitable access to knowledge. Join us for an exploration of how we can help those works breathe new life into our present. Presented by Cita Press.

4-5pm
Gregory Rick: Book Launch Event, in coversation with Chris Grunder
Headlands Center for the Arts presents the publication of artist Gregory Rick’s first artist monograph, which features a new commissioned essay by artist, writer, and educator Brooks Turner along with new paintings completed during Rick’s time at Headlands. This publication is the culminating project of the artist’s 2022-2023 Tournesol Award, an award which recognizes one Bay Area painter each year with a generous cash prize and a yearlong studio residency. The event features an intimate conversation between the artist and Chris Grunder. It will be followed by a book signing.

5-6pm
A brief history of Mexico’s LGBTQ+ Publications, with Ricardo Velmor
Mexico’s LGBTQ+ movement has been enriched and spread out through time, thanks to independent publications. Many of them were made by the same people who first walked in the streets to fight for rights and freedoms of this community. However, the first mentions of LGBTQ+ people in printed matter were all about judging, demonizing and criminalizing sexual behaviors different from heteronormativity. Both sides are part of Mexican LGBTQ+ history and both will be part of this discussion by Ricardo Velmor, featuring materials from a growing archive of Mexican LGBTQ+ publications called Archivo Anal. Presented by Anal Magazine.

Saturday, July 15


11am-12pm
Saturday Morning Cartoons with Koak
Koak shares a selection of her favorite pioneering and experimental animations from the 1930s-1990s including the likes of Charley Bowers, Ladislas Starevich, Norman McClaren, Jan Švankmajer, and others (approx. run time 1hr). Presented by Altman Siegel.

11am-12pm
How To Breathe Underwater, breathwork with Rohini Moradi and edition by Carissa Potter.
Meet us outside the lounge at 11am and together we will walk to a green spot for some relaxation and magic.  Presented by Rite Editions & People I've Loved.

12-1pm
Personal Projects: Strategies for Publishing, with Gabriela Hasbun, Janet Delaney and Kelsey McClellan
Join photographer Gabriela Hasbun to discuss the creation of her first print publication with Chronicle books, THE NEW BLACK WEST: Photographs from America’s only touring Black Rodeo. Hasbun will be joined by Janet Delaney and Kelsey McClellan to discuss the ins and outs of pitching your work to publishers after creating a long-term photographic project.

1-2pm
On Latin American Expanded Photography, with Luis Cobelo
Expanded photography has hybridization, fragmentation, and constant resignification as its fundamental characteristics, where the limits between the traditional pictorial representation and the production of images by the territories of abstraction can coexist with artistic, documentary, or journalistic practice. There is more than ever a need to expand from the image in a historic moment, where Latin America is redefining itself inwards, in community, and towards the world.

Raya Editorial and La Chancleta Voladora are independent publishers, created by Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo and Luis Cobelo, that focus on the design and promotion of photobooks & zines by authors who use photography to reflect on human and political tensions by using mixed techniques and visual narratives. Through the way we face and carry out our artistic photographic projects, our understanding of ourselves expands, and all of this multiplies necessary reflections and a better and broader understanding of our Latin American continent.

2-3pm
Social Documentary Photography & The Humanist Vision, with Ken Light and Wessam Al-Badry
Documentary photography aims to witness and shed light on social issues and injustices. It focuses on capturing images that tell stories and provoke dialogue about important political and cultural topics. Ken Light and Wesaam Al-Badry both work in this tradition and are driven by their desire to create awareness and stimulate change through their photographs and projects. Light’s photobooks have long been a part of this tradition as well. He has been actively involved in the field of photography for five decades as photographer and Professor at UC Berkeley. His powerful photographs explore innumerable social and political issues as seen through his numerous books, including Delta Time, Texas Death Row, Midnight La Frontera and Course of the Empire. Wesaam Al-Badry, an Iraqi refugee, multi-talented visual artist and part of the new contemporary generation of social photographers, will discuss with Ken the practice of this powerful medium for storytelling and advocating for social change as witnessed through their photos and publications. Presented by Documerica Books.

3-4pm
A TIME MACHINE: From personal to community archives, with Adriana Monsalve, Alex Arzt, and Marc Fischer, moderated by Lindsay Buchman
While it has been written about extensively, the archive continues to circulate in contemporary art discourse. Image-making, publishing, and the history of print coalesce into a complex, provisional space. Through this lens, A TIME MACHINE examines how archival histories inform artists’ books by asking independent publishers Adriana Monsalve (Homie House Press), Alex Arzt (A Magic Mountain), and Marc Fischer (Half Letterpress / Temporary Services) about the urgency and role of archives in their work. This conversation explores what we might learn from the suture between past, present, and future while centering on how personal and community archives continue to inspire generations of artists’ books. Presented by Seaton Street Press.

4-5pm
Héctor Muñoz-Guzmán: Brown Eyes from Russell Street
Join us for a conversation with Héctor Muñoz- Guzmán and Vivian Sming, in celebration of the launch of Brown Eyes from Russell Street. Brown Eyes from Russell Street traces Héctor Muñoz-Guzmán’s artistic practice during a transformative and critical period in his life— contending with isolation, mental health struggles, hospitalization, and alcoholism. The book weaves together ideas, memories, thoughts that provide continual sources of reflection, illustrating the range of Muñoz- Guzmán’s experiences—growing up in South Berkeley, attending RISD, being diagnosed with bipolar, working in the agave fields of Tepatitlán, and staying connected to family. Whether the subject is community, depression, or agrarian life, Muñoz-Guzmán treats them with the same attention, care, and grace, recognizing that all of these people, places, and states of mind inform who he is as a person today. Presented by Sming Sming Books.

5-6pm
Kawabata, the Writer, the Travesti Philosopher, and the Fish, with Shook and Mario Bellatin
With longtime collaborator Shook, Mexican prose stylist and Documenta guest curator Mario Bellatin presents a performative reading of Gato Negro’s new bilingual edition of Kawabata, the Writer, the Travesti Philosopher, and the Fish, a genre-fluid—and previously unpublished—text and cryptic key to Bellatin’s iconic plague novela Beauty Salon. Presented by Gato Negro Press.

Sunday, July 16


12-1pm
Is now the time for joyous rage?
with Selam Bekele, Jacqueline Francis, Jeanne Finley, Charles Lee, and Trina Michelle Robinson
Is Now The Time For Joyous Rage? is the fourth book in A Series of Open Questions, which is published by the Wattis and Sternberg Press, and distributed by MIT Press. Each reader includes newly commissioned texts and an edited selection of perspectives, images, and references related to the Wattis’s year- long research seasons. The title of each book comes in the form of a question. The fourth issue is informed by themes found in the work of Lorraine O’Grady, including diaspora, Black female subjectivity, racial hybridity, translation, intersectional feminism, institutional critique, Black representation in the art world, archives, music, Conceptualism, and performance art. For this launch event, several contributors have chosen to highlight a piece from the book (other than their own). In a series of short presentations, they read and/or introduce the piece and why they chose it.

1-2pm
Where digital and analog meet: the many worlds of Most Ancient books
What is the significance of analog books in an increasingly digital world and how can digital experiences expand narrative conventions? Veronica Graham founded Most Ancient in 2010 and since then has experimented with interactive narrative and nonlinear storytelling in comics and exploration games. The projects explore ideas at the intersection of art, technology, and activism. At SFABF she will discuss “Diatribes,” a virtual reality experience and companion printed publications that explore fears about climate change.

2-3pm
Transforming Ephemera Into Evidence, with Catalina Cariaga and Catherine Ceniza Choy
A conversation between Oakland-based Filipina American poet Catalina Cariaga and Asian American historian and ethnic studies scholar Catherine Ceniza Choy on the occasion of “Notes on Cultural Evidence,” the multidisciplinary exhibition and reading room curated by PJ Gubatina Policarpio, on view in the Slash library through August 19, 2023. The exhibition is anchored in the out-of-print but influential poetry collection “Cultural Evidence” (1999, Subpress Collective) by Catalina Cariaga. Catherine Ceniza Choy wrote the accompanying essay for the exhibition. Presented by / (slash).

3-4pm
Taxonomies of Labor Within Small and Self Publishing, with Vivian Sming,
Carissa Potter, John DeMerritt and moderated by Zach Clark
Art books take many forms. Under the same umbrella term, one may come across fine press handmade artist books, large-scale production coffee table books, urgently made zines, forms of ephemera that push the idea of what a book even is, and endless other forms that fit somewhere in between. Behind any one art book is a publisher or artist taking on a number of tasks to bring the project from conception to tangible object. Publishers may work largely as project managers and financial backers or practice a more holistic publishing approach, touching the book in every stage of its creation. A group of publishers from the fair, Vivian Sming of Sming Sming Books, Carissa Potter of People I've Loved, John DeMerritt of DeMerritt Pauwels Editions with Zach Clark of National Monument Press will discuss the various types of labor they perform in the creation of their books to form a non-hierarchical taxonomy of the labor involved in small & self publishing. Presented by National Monument Press.

MEDIA ROOM
Ongoing - LOOP


Craig Baldwin: Avant to Live!
presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and INCITE Journal of Experimental Media
Clocking in at 508 pages, Craig Baldwin: Avant to Live!—published 2023 by San Francisco Cinematheque an INCITE Journal of Experimental Media (SFABF —documents the life and work of acclaimed filmmaker and curator Craig Baldwin (b. Oakland CA, 1952), an inspiring and influential figure in contemporary media arts. Meticulously detailed, with contributions from over 50 writers, artists, illustrators and ideologues, Avant to Live! is the first critical text to examine the artist’s films analytically as a coherent and meaningful body of work and critical artist’s statement while also examining the cultural impact of Baldwin’s Other Cinema curatorial project. In celebration of this publication, Cinematheque and INCITE present this five-film survey of Baldwin’s work, including Stolen Movie (1976), Bulletin (2015), Wild Gunman (1979), Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1991) and Sonic Outlaws (1995). Please visit SFABF Table E04 to pick up a copy of Avant to Live!

TENNESSEE ST.


Friday, July 14, 11am-2pm
Typographic Spirograph: Experimental Letterforms with Savi Factory + Friends: Savithri Velaga and Maria Cardenas
Participants will use a spirograph drawing tool created specifically for typography; the resulting letterforms converge analog geometry alongside moments of improvisational drawing. This workshop structure will allow visitors to continually engage with the tool in an informal outdoor setting, and hands-on demos throughout the activity will provide a combination of free-form experimentation and individual instruction.

Saturday, July 15, 11am-12pm
Zine making with Illustoria
Come make an accordion-style zine with Illustoria! Illustoria is an art and storytelling magazine for creative kids and their grownups. They will have magazines to cut up for collage making, and all sorts of drawing tools so you can create the zine of your dreams.

Saturday, July 15, 1-3pm
Drop-In-Zine-Making with Curious Publishing

Learn how to make your own paper collage zine using the saddle-stitch technique! Feast your eyes on vintage magazines and colorful paper swatches to cut, glue, and assemble your very own creation with us. All supplies provided. Drop in any time during the program!


Photo: Aaron Wojack

PROJECT SPACE - 2nd Floor


FAWW Gallery, also known as Forget About White Walls, is a leader in the screen print art community. It cultivates the next generation of art collectors, offering unique silk screen prints, zines, and art-related publications. Committed to inclusivity, the gallery supports diverse artists globally, hosting lively openings with renowned DJs. FAWW fosters artistic innovation and increases artists' visibility. They champion collaboration, empathy, and community involvement. Beyond visual arts, the gallery endorses cutting-edge music and film. FAWW aims to make art approachable, inspiring, and transformative, actively contributing to cultural development.

PARTICIPATING GALLERIES


Friday, July 14, 3pm
“IN C” - K.R.M. Mooney
Altman Siegel - 1150 25th St.
In conjunction with his solo exhibition auxil, artist K.R.M. Mooney will stage a performance of Terry Riley’s 1964 composition “In C” at Altman Siegel on Friday, July 14, 2023 at 3:00 pm. Described as the first minimalist composition of its kind, “In C” consists of 53 melodic fragments and numbered musical phrases which can be combined and recombined to start at varying times with no specific duration. Purposely lacking a definitive form, its significance is underpinned by its improvised and performative nature as to undergo constant renewal. Focused on wind and breath activated instruments, this re-performance, coupled with the sculptures on view, will explore nature of exchange within the interpersonal realm.

Saturday, July 15, 12-2pm
Flowers and Their Meanings book signing event with author/artist Karen Azoulay
Themes+Projects gallery (2nd Floor, #205)
Uncover the secret meanings behind your bouquets and floral arrangements in Karen Azoulay's new book, Flowers and Their Meanings. Stop by to pick up a signed copy!  The book contains stunning illustrated explorations of the Victorian language of flowers, including the multicultural history, rituals, and mythology behind over 600 flowers, herbs, and trees.

Karen Azoulay is a Canadian born, Brooklyn-based artist and author whose projects have been featured and reviewed in publications such as the New York Times, New Yorker, Hyperallergic, and Vogue. Azoulay incorporates performance, photography, sculpture and video into her art. She has a fascination with floral symbolism and secret messages are often embedded in her work. Inspired by “feminine” motifs, Azoulay explores cultural phenomena that have historically been overlooked with the purpose of recontextualizing and championing them.

Saturday, July 15, 2-5pm
Live Drawing with Charlo
Themes+Projects gallery (2nd Floor, #205)


Stop by Themes+Projects gallery from 2pm to 5pm to see Charlo create unique drawings live! Charlo's objective as an artist is to create joy, optimism, and build community through his work. This event also coincides with his solo exhibition, Looking for Clouds, currently on view at Themes+Projects.

Charlo is a multimedia artist and designer. He emigrated from Monterrey, Mexico in 2013, and is currently based in Denver, Colorado. In 2020, using the NextDoor app, he connected with fellow residents of the greater Denver community who invited him to paint murals onto their garage doors. As part of his Make Alleys Great Again project, he brought unity and joy to communities through his five dozen alleyway murals. In 2021, in partnership with Nextdoor and the New York Stock Exchange, he produced a live mural entitled The Joy of Being Together. In August of 2022, Charlo made his debut as a keynote speaker at TEDxMileHigh allowing him to tell his story to a much wider audience.  Currently, his solo exhibition, Looking for Clouds, is on view at Themes+Projects gallery through August 26, 2023.

SIGNINGS & LAUNCHES


Friday, July 14
Table E06 - 11am-6pm - Nathaniel Russell Coloring Book - Gallery 16
Table D05 - 1pm - Course of the Empire by Ken Light - Documerica Books/Light Squared Media
Table A43 - 1pm -  Flowers by Tucker Nichols, published by Nieves - Park Life
Table E06 - 2-3pm - Book signing with Hal Fischer, The Gay Semiotics - Gallery 16
Table D05 - 4pm - Midnight La Frontera by Ken Light - Documerica Books/Light Squared Media
Table A26 - 5pm - TE AMO by Luis Cobelo - La Chancleta Voladora

Saturday, July 15
Table Z75 - 12-1pm - Words for White People: An Etymylogical Kit - Diasporan Savant Press
Table A40 - 1pm - Book signing with Taylor Galloway, I Can Feel You Dreaming - Deadbeat Club
Table E06 - 1-2pm - Book signing with Hal Fischer, The Gay Semiotics - Gallery 16
Table B06 - 2pm - High Contrast by Sarah Hotchkiss - Colpa Press
Table D05 - 2pm - Picturing Resistance by Melanie Light: Moments and Movements of Social Change - Documerica Books/Light Squared Media
Table A40 - 4pm - Book signing with Patrick O’Dell, Big River - Deadbeat Club
Table Z26 - Uncreative Writing by Taylor Swift - Wasted Books

Sunday, July 16
Table E07 - 11:30am-12:30pm - The Sperry Collectible Card Set: Poster Series 2 by Chuck Sperry - Paragon Books

OFFSITE


Friday, July 14, 10:00am
Caitlin Cherry: The Regolith Was Boiling exhibition tour
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
360 Kansas Street, San Francisco

Wattis Assistant Curator Diego Villalobos, who organized Caitlin Cherry's solo exhibition The Regolith Was Boiling, gives a public tour of the exhibition.

The Regolith Was Boiling is a site-specific installation of large-scale oil paintings and digitally produced prints inspired by the architecture of the Wattis Institute. Conceived as a mural, where an overall visual ripple effect connects individual parts to a larger whole, Cherry has taken countless vignettes from popular social media platforms, Google Image Search, and Getty Images, each one featuring a female celebrity from the Black diaspora. Painted in the artist's distinct style of chromatic distortions and dizzying overabundance, this installation emphasizes the depersonalization of celebrities and dilutes their iconographic status by placing them within a visual sea of others. Coffee and bagels are served.

What can we learn from artists today? CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is a nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute dedicated to reflecting on this question through temporary exhibitions, public events, and in-depth research. It is part of California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Friday, July 14, 6pm-later
...Tomorrow another dream will start
Et al etc. & Et al. books
2831a Mission Street, San Francisco

Et al. is pleased to invite you to a party celebrating the San Francisco Art Book Fair and the opening
of ...Tomorrow another dream will start - an exhibition curated by Wild Life Archive.

...Tomorrow another dream will start presents a survey of 1980’s nightclub ephemera from
the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, focused primarily on the promotional posters distributed throughout
the island during the summer season to publicize some of the world’s most renowned nightclubs of
the era including Pacha, Amnesia, KU and Glory’s to name a few.

The Balearic Islands had long been a bohemian escape attracting both pleasure seekers and those in
search of refuge from repressive political regimes. Ibiza in particular became a utopian
paradise offering new arrivals both sanctuary and likeminded community. Hedonistic pursuits
were soundtracked via jazz bars during the 1950’s, psychedelic happenings in the 1960’s and with
the arrival of nightclubs on the island in the 1970s. By the 1980’s both free spirited holiday makers
and the European jet-set had joined the party, further enhancing the uniquely decadent atmosphere
that could be found nightly across the islands dance floors. Patrons danced with wild abandon under
the stars at open air disco’s like KU and Amnesia while listening to the local DJs eclectic mix of
genres encompassing pop, rock, classical, new beat, house and flamenco among others, a discerning
anything-goes selection that would in time become known as the Balearic Beat.

The posters themselves were offset printed in small quantities and used only for
promotional purposes. The poster design, briefed in-house or commissioned to a freelance artist was
most often a mix of hand drawn illustration and graphic design centered around the club logo and
theme of the night e.g. ’Luna Lena’, ‘Summer Dream’ and ‘Noche Romantica’. The few posters that
remain in private hands today help to further document the collective history of dance music culture.
They also act as memories, inspiration and are beautiful pieces of art in their own right.

Soundtrack: Khotin
Graphic design: Daniel Lucas

Friday, July 14, 6-9pm
I Can Feel You Dreaming: Taylor Galloway
Book and Job Gallery
838 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Book and Job Gallery invite you to I Can Feel You Dreaming featuring work from Taylor Galloway’s latest release of the same name from Deadbeat Club. The pictures in Taylor Galloway’s I Can Feel You Dreaming are glimpses of things, sometimes slippery, peripheral, brief, furtive shadows in the margins; they’re slowly unraveling threads that you can’t quite follow back to anything, but that nonetheless feel like clues, pieces of a forensic puzzle; they’re trance visions, or something you briefly noticed while looking for something else. Perhaps they remind you of channel surfing through the foothills of sleep as you toss and turn in a motel bed, slowly emerging from a fever dream or hangover.

Taylor Galloway is a photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. Galloway’s photographs explore the ideas of memory, navigation, and one’s own place in their journey. His work has been exhibited across the United States and Europe.

Friday, July 14, 7:30pm
A Barcode Scanner, Book Launch and Film Screening
Medicine for Nightmares
3036 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

On Friday the 14th of July at 7:30pm, Gato Negro Ediciones will be having a book launch presentation at Medicine for Nightmares together with Zêdan Xelef and Shook for their new edition of the book: A Barcode Scanner. And a screening of the film adaptation of the title poem, created by Shook, Zêdan's longtime collaborator and co-translator of the book.

Friday, July 14, 7-10pm
Isabella Manfredi: sew your echo
staircase
148 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

sew your echo is a nostalgic rumination on object, place, and relationship. Artist Isabella Manfredi repurposes found footage of her family ranch to create an original film and textile-based artworks. Through stitching, printmaking, and carpentry, Manfredi presents artifacts as a conduit for memory.

Isabella Manfredi works in printmaking, sewing and poetry; creating sculptural installations that can be worn for years. There are nods to workwear, entropy, familial identity and nostalgia within her work. While she strives to craft a utilitarian object; she aims for her work to exist within and outside the gallery space. Graduating from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Art Practice and with a Minor in Journalism, she lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 18, 6-8pm
Datz Press: Contemporary Voices in Global Photobooks
July 15-Oct. 1, 2023
San Francisco Center for the Book
375 Rhode Island Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


San Francisco Center for the Book’s latest exhibition, Datz Press: Contemporary Voices in Global Photobooks showcases ten years of collaboration and artist book production between Datz Press and artists such as Linda Connor, Alyssa Fujita Karoui, Young Suh, and Gap Chul Lee. Over forty-five photobooks ranging from special edition volumes to handling copies of exhibited work will be displayed.

Datz Press is an artist book publisher and community space based in Seoul, South Korea. Focused on working with photographers, designers, and bookmakers, Datz Press creates, publishes, and exhibits works centered on photography, operating a bookmaking studio to support artists who want to self-publish their work. Director Sangyon Joo also oversees the Datz Museum of Art and a book project space called D'ARK ROOM; her comprehensive vision of artists’ photo books includes artists living and working across many countries and cultures while creating compelling work.


Maria Otero and Christopher Robin Duncan of LAND AND SEA.

2023 PUBLICATION GRANT


This year we were happy to present our 2023 SFABF Publication Grant, courtesy of Edition One Books, to LAND AND SEA.
LAND AND SEA was selected from our pool of exhibitors and will receive $5000 in printing credit at Edition One Books.

LAND AND SEA is a small press and project space in Oakland, California founded in 2010 by artists Maria Otero and Christopher Robin Duncan. They collaborate with a wide array of artists to produce books and records that share images, ideas, and/or sounds that otherwise might go unseen/unheard. Recent projects from LAND AND SEA include ARCHIVE - a book by Leonie Guyer, EMPATHY - a cassette by SF-based musician Joel St. Julien, small yellow center a sun - a collection of artwork and poems by nkiruka oparah and Maxine Schoefer-Wulf, and SEASONS - a collection of stories and poems related to winter, spring, summer and fall, as an accompaniment to the current exhibition at Rebecca Camacho Presents. Upcoming releases include REAL AND MAKE BELIEVE  by architect - Craig Steely. REAL AND MAKE BELIEVE is a collection of Craig Steely’s explorations into where architecture can be found - not just in the finished homes and structures, but sketches and models as well. Personal and generous, this catalog presents his recent work within a non-hierarchical framework. THE STUD - Working closely with Chloe Miller, STUD bartender and STUD Pin Archive coordinator, THE STUD is a collection of pin backs/buttons and ephemera found in boxes in the basement of the historic SF gay bar THE STUD.

Edition One Books works with design professionals, photographers, artists and other creative types to manufacture highly customized, top-quality books. They are focused on building longterm relationships with their customers, and strive to offer a more personalized book production service for small to medium runs.

Check out our 2020 Publishing Grant  and 2022 Publication Grant to see publishers we have supported in the past!

Photo: Aaron Wojack

SPONSORS


The 2023 SFABF was organized by Park Life, Colpa and Minnesota Street Project.
SFABF’s 2023 branding and identity by David Kasprzak.

Presenting Sponsor:
Minnesota Street Project Foundation

Supporting Sponsors:
San Francisco Arts Commission, Independent Arts and Media, Chronicle Books and San Francsico Center for the Book

Media Sponsor:
Hyperallergic and KQED

In-kind Sponsors:
Shapco Printing, Edition One, Lightsource SF

Special thanks to Deborah and Andy Rappaport, Michael Rubel, Rachel Sample, Caitlin Kirkpatrick, Cherisse Baird, Julie Casemore, Aidan Williams, Morgan Stanley, Anglim Trimble, bitforms gallery, Hashimoto Contemporary, Marbie, Lauren D’Amato, Ruby Wine Bar and all our volunteers!

The 2023 SFABF wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the San Francsico Arts Commission as administered through Independent Arts and Media.

THE 2022 SF ART BOOK FAIR

1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Thursday, July 14 - 6pm – 10pm
Friday, July 15 - 11am – 6pm
Saturday, July 16 - 11am – 6pm
Sunday, July 17 - 11am – 5pm

 
Photo: Jenna Garrett

2022 EXHIBITORS


1418 Fulton (CA)
3standardstoppage studio /
Bungee Space
(NY)
Aaron Krach (NY)
Altman Siegel (CA)
Anthology Editions (NY)
Aperture (NY)
ARTBOOK | D.A.P. (NY)
Aventures LTD (NY)
Awkward Ladies Club (CA)
Basement (CA)
Blum & Poe (CA)
Boabooks (Switzerland)
BOMB Magazine (NY)
Boo-Hooray (NY)
Book and Job Gallery (CA)
Book & Wheel (CA)
Bronze Age (UK)
Brown Recluse Zine Distro (CA)
But Whole Press (CA)
Can Can Press (Mexico)
Carletta's Books (CA)
Case Publishing / shashasha (Japan)
Cassandra Press (NY)
CCA Hybrid Practices (CA)
Childish Books (ME)
Chronicle Books (CA)
Clown Kisses Press (VA)
Club del Prado Ediciones (Argentina)
Colpa Press (CA)
Commune (Japan)
Concordia Press (Mexico)
Container Corps (OR)
Conveyor Editions (NJ)
CRISIS EDITIONS / DANE PRESS (Canada)
DABA (NY)
Dale Zine (FL)
Deadbeat Club (CA)
DeMerritt Pauwels Editions (CA)
Draw Down Books (CT)
Each and Every Press (MI)
edition fink (Switzerland)
Endless Editions (NY)
Et al. Books (CA)
Fair Enough (Switzerland)
Fillip (Canada)
FISK Gallery (OR)
Floss Editions (CA)
The Fulcrum Press (CA)
Gato Negro Ediciones (Mexico)
GenderFail (NY)
GRL GRP (CA)
Hamburger Eyes (CA)
Handy Hand Goods (CA)
Hi-Bred (CA)
The HIV Howler:
Transmitting Art + Activism
(CA)
Homie House Press (MD)
HOMOCATS (NY)
The Ice Plant (CA)
illetante books (CA)
Inventory Press (CA)
Irrelevant Press (CA)
Jungle Books (Switzerland)
Kareem Worrell (MA)
KGP (NY)
Kodoji Press (Switzerland)

LAND AND SEA (CA)
Louis Schmidt (CA)
Lower Falls (CA)
LUCCA MART (CA)
A Magic Mountain (CA)
Margaux Bigou (French Polynesia)
Martian Press (CA)
Mi Casita Press (AZ)
modlitbooks (CA)
Moniker Press (Canada)
Monograph Bookwerks (OR)
MÖREL books (UK)
Most Ancient (CA)
Mouth 2 Mouth (CA)
National Monument Press (CA)
Neuro Fuzzy (CA)
New Documents (CA)
NIAD Art Center (CA)
Night Diver Press (CA)
Onomatopee Projects (The Netherlands)
Open Projects Press (NY)
Other Books (CA)
Paper Monument / n+1 (NY)
Paragon Books (CA)
Park Life (CA)
People I've Loved (CA)
Perimeter Editions (Australia)
Pier 24 Photography (CA)
Play Press (CA)
Plunge (CA)
Press Press (CA)
Printed Matter, Inc. (NY)
Radical Documents (IL)
Random Man Editions (NY)
Ratio 3 (CA)
RE/Search and Search & Destroy (CA)
RITE Editions (CA)
Sarah Duyer (CA)
Scary Sugar (UT)
Seaton Street Press (PA)
Sebastien Girard (France)
Siglio (NY)
Silent Sound (CA)
Silver Sprocket (CA)
Sleeper Studio (PA)
Sming Sming Books (CA)
Soberscove Press (IL)
Strangeways Magazine (CA)
StreetSalad (CA)
Sun Night Editions (CA)
TBW Books (CA)
Tiny Splendor (CA)
TIS books (NY)
tria publishing (Switzerland)
Triangle Books (Belgium)
TXTbooks (NY)
Unity Press (CA)
Unknown Unknowns (NY)
Unrealized Archive Press (CA)
Vacancy Projects (CA)
Visible Publications (CA)
Wasted Books (CA)
Wattis Institute for
Contemporary Arts
(CA)
Wendy's Subway (NY)
Written Names Fanzine (CA)
X Artists' Books (CA)



Photo: Jenna Garrett

PROGRAMMING


Our Director of Programming is David Senior.
To download the 2022 SFABF program guide, click here.

The Lounge


Friday, July 15


12-1pm
Publishing Spaces: Chroma × Practise with Alexis Tompkins, Emily Poole, and James Goggin

Chroma and Practise are both design studios with processes rooted in research and scholarship around art, architecture, design history, and contemporary culture. For Chroma, this work results in physical (and occasionally virtual) interior spaces (like this year’s SFABF public program space). For Practise, it manifests in digital and printed spaces (like some of the books on display at SFABF). Emily Poole (Brand Manager, Chroma) will moderate a discussion between Alexis Tompkins (Creative Partner, Chroma) and James Goggin (Partner, Practise) accompanied by a presentation showing a common spatial language evident in three particular projects: a virtual apartment, a printed zine, and a new quarterly online journal.

1-2pm
Fair Enough with Izet Sheshivari

Fair Enough is an alliance of four independent art book publishers from Switzerland: Boabooks, edition fink, Jungle Books and tria publishing platform. They represent each other internationally at book fairs and jointly take care of the sales and distribution of publications. Izet Sheshivari from Boabooks and Fair Enough, will share more about how the alliance has realized alternative modes of book distribution in Japan as well as Switzerland. He will share notes of the alliance’s journey so far and share their experiences, as well as giving some insight into the ideas, relationships, and new public they have found with this model. Sponsored by Swissnex.

2-3pm
Pandemic Publics: Expansive Publishing Practices in a Time of Contagion with Josh Schaedel (Fulcrum Press), Zoë Taleporos and Sarah Hotchkiss (Premiere, Jr.) and Daniel J. Glendening (Labor is a Medium), moderated by Alex Lukas

The delineation of roles within the field of artists’ publications is slippery. The ability to morph from artist to publisher to printer, organizer, curator, editor, or audience member is a hallmark of the medium. We are resourcefully multifaceted makers, and our publications are, in short, community affairs. As COVID-19 redefined the ways we interact, artists and publishers were forced to not only reconsider what it means to “make public” but what “public” itself entails. In the midst of this isolating time, the participants in this panel discussion redefined notions of shared space, proposed radical forums for community, and created new and expansive modes of collaboration. Our conversation will focus on these efforts to push and redefine what a publishing practice can encompass during a pandemic. Presented by Written Names Fanzine.

3-4pm
What happens between the knots? BARBEDWIRE Scores performed by Phillip Greenlief

What happens between the knots? is the third book in the annual A Series of Open Questions published by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Sternberg Press. Each book in the series includes newly commissioned writing as well a selection of perspectives, images, and references related to the Wattis’s year-long research seasons dedicated to single artists. This third volume is informed by themes found in the work of Cecilia Vicuña, including ecofeminism, indigenous forms of knowledge, poetry and politics, dissolution and extinction, exile, dematerialization, regeneration, and environmental responsibility.

For this book launch, musician Phillip Greenlief (tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet), Kyle Bruckmann (oboe, English horn), and Madalyn Merkey (live electronics) perform a selection of Greenlief’s graphic BARBEDWIRE Scores, some of which are included in What happens between the knots? When performing a score, each player improvises for a set duration, loosely following one of three lines as drawn by Greenlief. The shape of the line informs how much (or how little) the musicians change their improvisatory behavior.

4-5pm
The Floating Museum by Lynn Hershman Leeson in conversation with David Senior

The Floating Museum was a temporary museum that, over its lifetime, from 1974-1978 commissioned over 350 artists to create work that existed outside the very limited boundaries of traditional museum spaces. It was intended to “recycle space” wherever it existed, from the walls of San Quentin prison to the landscapes of Fort Point and even the Bay Area Rapid Transit Artists used mediums not yet accepted by traditional museums and galleries, such as performance, photography, comic drawings, video, soundscapes and all manner of site specific locations (though that term had not been yet invented). It was designed to be temporary. Its structure became the model for Creative Time and PS1, amongst others. Though the archive is in Stanford University’s Special Collections Library, its history was unknown. This was the motivation of this book, to make accessible this influential project so that it could be added to the history of that time.

5-6pm
Keko Jackson & Lava Thomas: In Conversation

This conversation celebrates two new books, Keko Jackson: Restored/Access and Lava Thomas: Homecoming, published by Sming Sming Books. In Restored/Access, Jackson combines photography with archival materials from his uncle’s collection to share the history of Allensworth, the first town in California to be founded, financed, and governed exclusively by Black people. Homecoming brings together Thomas’s intricate drawing installations that explore personal and cultural narratives of bravery and survival, including a new body of work Decatur, about Thomas’s great-great- great-grandfather, Charles H. Arthur, and the eight-year- long legal battle to receive his army pension. Jackson and Thomas will be discussing their respective projects and the ways they draw upon Black family archives to create work, share US history, and build community. Presented by Sming Sming Books.

Saturday, July 16


11am-12pm
Bay Area Contemporary Art Archive: Building a Community Archive

The Bay Area Contemporary Art Archive (BACAA) is a public archive: a receptacle, preservation society and venue for the ephemera of Bay Area contemporary artists, venues and related projects. BACAA has been collecting and digitizing thousands of postcards, press releases, posters, zines, and more, while creating an online venue to preserve and share the work of our local art scene. BACAA founder Lexa Walsh will present an overview of the project and its vast contents, how Bay Area artists, curators and collectors can participate, and the importance of community-sourced archives.

12-1pm
The Southeast San Francisco Regional Portfolio: An Art-Based Conversation with 4 Neighborhoods

The Southeast San Francisco Artists Portfolio is composed of print reproductions of work from artists of the four neighborhoods of Southeast SF. The Portfolio is designed to find its way into the hands of local residents via Chispa, a mobile cultural hub that houses the Portfolio and acts as a base for artistic exchange. Come hear from: artist and curator Kate Connell, who co-developed Chispa along with Book & Wheel partner Oscar Melara; artist Amy Diaz-Infante, whose work was reproduced for the Portfolio; and Bayview historian Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin, who will contextualize the project and its importance to the folx in Southeast SF. You’re invited to visit Chispa at SFABF, where you can trade for art from the Portfolio.

1-2pm
I Got Something to Say: Poster Inventory, 2013-2021 by Draw Down Books

The founders of Draw Down Books, graphic designers Christopher Sleboda and Kathleen Sleboda, will discuss their 2022 publication, I Got Something to Say — Poster Inventory, 2013–2021, with a contributor—graphic designer and educator Mary Yang; a frequent collaborator—illustrator Tim Lahan; and a colleague—graphic designer, educator and type designer Javier Viramontes. The panel will speak about poster design, participation in art books fairs as exhibitors, collectors, and designers; and collaborative publications that bring together different voices and perspectives.

2-3pm
Media Burn: Ant Farm and the Making of an Image with Chip Lord and Steve Seid

In Media Burn, Ant Farm’s legendary 1975 performance, a radically customized Cadillac is driven through a wall of burning television sets. Media Burn: Ant Farm and the Making of an Image, by Steve Seid, is a vibrant assessment of the complex set of cultural references and art-making strategies informing this collision of twentieth-century icons. Chip Lord of Ant Farm and Steve Seid will discuss Media Burn alongside a narrated slideshow of images, ephemera, and more. Co-presented by Inventory Press and RITE Editions.

3-4pm
Strikethrough: Radical Publications at Letterform Archive

Letterform Archive’s next in-house exhibition is Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest. In this sneak peek of the show, before it opens on July 23, co- curator Stephen Coles will present some highlights of special interest to Art Book Fair attendees: independent publications. From Fire!!, to The Crisis, from One to The Black Panther, activists throughout the 20th century wielded language, design, and newly accessible reproduction techniques to spread their message, empower communities, and fight oppression.

4-5pm
The Last Survivor is the First Suspect, coming of age in Amerika with Nick Haymes

A conversation with Nick Haymes about coming of age in Amerika based on his latest book. The Last Survivor is the First Suspect is at once a celebration and a requiem. The project, captured between 2005 and 2009 by photographer Nick Haymes, is a record of a drifting community of young friends based mainly between two distinct geographic points: Southern California and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The book’s narrative merges a sense of joy in documenting burgeoning friendships and bonds, and a looming sense of dread that would ultimately culminate in a series of tragedies. Haymes invites us to form a contemporary engagement with this specific historic moment, where things are both different and the same in equal measure. Presented by Kodoji Press.

5-6pm
Gravity Spells II: Bay Area New Music and Expanded Cinema Art, with John Davis and Konrad Steiner

Recently released by Bimodal Press, Gravity Spells II is a multimedia “bundle” featuring 2 LPs, 4 DVDs, a perfect bound letterpress booklet, packaged in a hand-printed sleeve designed to give form to the ineffable - a physical set of transposable time-based variables that, when combined, approximate the uncanny and unpredictable inherent in live cinema and music performance. For this event, John Davis and Konrad Steiner will perform an improvisational collaboration that unites sound and image. John performs music to complement Konrad's performance collage of original 16mm loops and samples from feature films.

Sunday, July 17


12-1pm
Rip Tales: Jay Defeo’s Estocada and Other Pieces by Jordan Stein with Dena Beard

Curator and writer Jordan Stein in conversation with Dena Beard, executive director the The Lab, about Stein’s first book, Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo’s Estocada & Other Pieces. In addition to DeFeo, Rip Tales concerns creation and destruction in the works and lives of artists Zarouhie Abdalian, April Dawn Alison, Ruth Asawa, Lutz Bacher, Bruce Conner, Dewey Crumpler, Trisha Donnelly, and Vincent Fecteau. Presented by Soberscove Press.

1-2pm
The HIV Howler in conversation with Anthea Black

The HIV Howler is a global art newspaper published by Anthea Black and Jessica Whitbread that focuses on artists living with HIV. The paper is a forum for dialogue and a guide to navigating the vibrational ambiguities between art and AIDS policy, pathology, and community. Publisher Anthea Black will present on The HIV Howler editorial and wage equity work with poz artists, and host a dialogue with featured artists from recent themed issues on movement- migration, time+money, home, and spirit-substance.

2-3pm
UBI SUNT with Blaise Agüera y Arcas and James Goggin

Are we living in reality? Is this the past, or the future? And is there a human on the other side of this screen? These questions rear up and twist back on themselves in Ubi Sunt, a solipsistic first-person loop of a life in tech during COVID lockdown by Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a Fellow at Google Research who has invented AI and privacy technologies and written widely circulated essays at the intersections of machine intelligence, art, ethics, and social science. Is this book fiction or nonfiction? Though speculative, its historical material is accurate, and its present tense is drawn from life; some of its AI dialogs, too, are generated by interaction with a real large neural language model. Blaise will discuss the concept, influences, materiality, and collaborative process behind the book with graphic designer James Goggin, who will present the project’s print and digital editions with live projection. Presented by Hat & Beard Press.

3-4pm
Salones de belleza /The Beauty Salons: Writers & poetas /Escritores & Poets at Aeromoto
Presented by Gato Negro Ediciones

Between 2017 and 2020, the Aeromoto public arts library in Mexico City organized a monthly series of bilingual readings, curated by Kit Schluter and Tatiana Lipkes. The gatherings, called Salón de belleza (Beauty Salon), brought together more than 70 poets and writers from many generations, contexts, and traditions, predominantly from Mexico and the United States, but also from various parts of Latin America and Europe. In these events, translation was used to bridge linguistic and cultural gaps between poets separated by political borders, and helped to create a space in which literatures of different origins and approaches could coexist. The result of this collective initiative was a unique cross-section of some of the most intriguing writing taking place in the Americas during the second decade of this century. Salones de belleza: Writers in Aeromoto gathers work from these writers—in a completely bilingual edition—many of whom are appearing in translation for the first time.

4-5pm
Cassandra Press Artist Zine series with a performative lecture by Christine Wang

Curated by Kandis Williams, the Cassandra Press Artist Zine series consists of contributions from a community of BIPOC artists, scholars, writers, and poets with the intention of asking such questions as: how can print formats like scripts, newspapers, and pamphlets be activated to produce new associations? And what voice or voices can we represent in simultaneity on the page? How does the virtual page act and operate in our social economies? The series includes artists manuel arturo abreu, Hannah Black, Rhea Dillon, Boz Garden, Christine Wang, and Charlotte Zhang, with future iterations to come. For this event, Christine Wang, who is featured in the 2022 Cassandra Press Artist Zine series, will be giving a performative lecture on personal art expenses in the hopes of improving artists’ financial literacy and increasing financial transparency.

Media Room


Ongoing - LOOP


The Abominable Freedom
by Torsten Zenas Burns and Darrin Martin
Random Man Editions

(41 mins / 2006)

Originally shot video and appropriated film weaves together a musical celebration of the flesh, an egg from the missing link holds a skeleton key to our educational future. On a parallel world, life coaches made of bone and fur activate televisual coursework including circular zooming studies, cryptid folklore, spectral-mating, and etheric birthing techniques. Manifest destiny eludes its colonial past and takes refuge deep in our pagan libidinal nature.

Psychology Today
by Extreme Animals
Random Man Editions

(30 mins / 2021)

In information theory, the repetition of messages tends towards the obliteration of meaning. This theorem is vitally demonstrated in Extreme Animals’ 2021 video Psychology Today, which traces the algorithmically accelerated decomposition of images from the post-millennial cultural imaginary: Shrek, the Joker, and other depressive icons of our interminable financial crisis inspire a legion of exhausted reenactments by children’s birthday party workers and freelance Blender artists. Interwoven with motivational programming staged at depreciating levels of conviction, the final assembly speaks not so much to the experience of overstimulation as to the unique combination of sensory hypertrophy and apathy characteristic of life post-2020.

Sarah Klein Puts Paper to Motion
Misty Quartet, Sing the Hits, Stir the Beat, Fall Girl, Misty Duet
(15 mins / 2013-2021)

For the 2022 SFABF, Sarah Klein is presenting her books, posters, calendars and prints, under her Lower Falls imprint, as well as animations in the media room. Her work draws from personal and imagined iconographies that she spans fluidly between serialized, sequenced, and book forms. She looks to images for stories whose telling might be hidden or only suggested. Lone Star is a collaboration with David Kwan. Fall Girl includes music by Synchronized Watches.

Works on Paper: Animated Films by Meghana Bisineer, Martha Colburn, Jennifer Levonian, Peter Millard, Johan Rijpma, Paloma Trecka, Selina Trepp, curated by Clark Buckner and Sarah Klein. Presented by Telematic Media Arts.

Telematic is pleased to present Works on Paper, a curated screening of animated films by artists working with paint, paper, drawing, cut-out collage, and sculpture to produce time-based, moving image works. Attending to tangible materials, the films in this screening simultaneously foreground the artistic process and the labor required for their own creation. They mark the passage of time as chronicles of physical change. And they show how – with the right degree of creative imagination, focused attention, and sustained physical effort – the world is open to re-invention.

But I Love The Zine by Fiona McDougall
(16 mins / 2019)

But I Love The Zine is a short documentary exploring the enduring love in the Bay Area for zines — self-published, accessible, often artistic publications that offer an antidote to the disconnectedness of internet culture. In this documentary, viewers are introduced to a thriving small press community through interviews with publishers in their studios and at festivals like the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine fest. It features zine makers such as: Raphael Villet, Jeffrey Cheung, Max Stadnik, Jess Wu, and OMCA curator, Carin Adams, among others. Produced and Directed by Fiona McDougall.

Zium by Most Ancient
(60 mins / 2022)

Visit the Most Ancient arcade, a collection of point and click adventure games and surreal Virtual Reality worlds. Walk through an eroded habitat with ominous messaging, visit Zium: part zine and part museum walking simulator, and move through an eerie funhouse to discover hidden stories.

Tennesee Street


Saturday, July 16


11-6pm
Southeast San Francisco Artists Portfolio with Chispa

Chispa is a roving art cart the size of a parade float. Wherever Chispa appears in Southeast San Francisco you’ll find art, music and performances by Southeast SF artists. Chispa is a cross-cultural pollinator building connections between the Bayview/Hunters Point, The Excelsior, The Portola and Visitacion Valley. Sometimes Chispa events spread out on blankets for storytelling and neighborhood games, sometimes she broadcasts poetry, music and soundscapes. Prints by Southeast San Francisco artists are displayed on board Chispa. All of them are available for trade.

4-5pm
Noodz Noodz Noodz

Join Mouth 2 Mouth zine creators for an outdoor social gathering to celebrate the release of their second issue, “DEATH”, featuring readings, activities, and snacks made by contributors. See and be seen. Touch and be touched. Taste and be tasted.

Ongoing


KunstCapades LIVE!

KunstCapades is an art-themed variety show/podcast hosted by Robyn Carliss, Tim Sullivan, and Josh Pieper. Guests from all points on the artist-curator-dealer-collector spectrum board a gondola up to the recording booth – Altitude, an alpine-island bar in an undisclosed, altitudinous San Francisco location – for conversation and cocktails. Listeners are treated to a rollicking agenda of absurd segments, including “Art Crimes,” “eBay Today,” “Let’s Ask Tantum,” “Bartender’s Ballyhoo,” and intel regarding local openings and calls for work. Join us for a multi-part, LIVE recording at the 2022 San Francisco Art Book Fair.

Ideomotor Drawing Sessions with Stephen Lichty
Book an appointment - July 15, 16, 17

Stephen Lichty is taking appointments with individuals for his ongoing practice of automatic collaborative drawing. Each 30 minute session results in two identical carbon-transfer drawings, produced after holding a pen to a stack of papers with another person and allowing the shared non-conscious movement of the pen to determine the work. Sessions will take place during the fair on Tennessee St.  

Project Room


Boo-Hooray Presents Underground Film: Jack Smith, John Waters, Andy Warhol

Boo-Hooray is proud to present an exhibition of ephemera and unseen photography from Jack Smith and the Lobster Landlordism, Andy Warhol and His Cronies, the Wonderful World of John Waters, and Kenneth Anger’s Leather Daddy Occultism. Most of these artifacts have never before been publicly exhibited.

Centered on the work of four defining figures of American underground film and gay sensibility, the exhibition discloses these filmmakers’ working processes and the development of their singular visual vocabularies. The photography, ephemera, and artwork contextualize each figure in the larger cultural milieus they invented, worked in, and confronted: the respective vibrant cultural scenes Warhol and Waters cultivated, Smith’s bellicose relationship to the New York underground film scene, and Anger’s clique of thelemite Hollywood aesthetes.

Included in the exhibition is behind-the-scenes photography of filmmaking and partying at The Factory; ephemera from the production, publicity, and distribution of John Waters’ early films; artwork, flyers, and photography documenting Jack Smith’s filmmaking and performance practice, as well as state repression of his work; and photography and ephemera spanning nearly 20 years of Kenneth Anger’s queer, occult filmmaking. Together, these materials highlight the working and social lives of four legends of queer and underground cinema.

Boo-Hooray is dedicated to the organization, stabilization, and preservation of the 20th and 21st century cultural movements, specializing in ephemera, photography, and book arts. We place artists' and organizations' archives with universities and museums, publish and sell rare books, photography, ephemera, and art, and stage exhibitions all over the world. This exhibition includes guest curation by San Francisco’s own Chris Veltri of Groove Merchant Records.

Signings


Friday, July 15

3pm - Michael Diamond - Untitled 8 fold - at Play Press - Z3

Saturday, July 16

12pm - Eva Lipman - Restraint & Desire - at TBW Books - A40

12pm - Eva Lipman - Derby - at TBW Books - A40

12pm - Christine Atkins - Essential Celebrations - at Play Press - Z3

1pm - Ruth Laskey - Twill Series - at Ratio 3 (co-published with RITE Editions) - E10

1pm - Michael Jang - Untitled - at Park Life - A9

1pm - Phil Jung - Windscreen - at TBW Books - A40

1pm - NIAD Art Center -"Me & My Gal" NIAD Fashion Book Launch & NIAD Fashion Show invitation- at NIAD - A24

1pm - Chris Johanson - Considering Unknow Know With What Is, And - at Altman Siegel - A20

2pm - IAN BATES “MEADOWLARK” - at Deadbeat Club - A39

2pm - Catherine Sieck - Orbiting Whorl- at Play Press - Z3

3pm - Nick Haymes - The Last Survivor is the First Suspect - at Kodoji Press - A04

4pm - SHIORI IKENO “SADO” - at Deadbeat Club - A39

Sunday, July 17

12pm - Ruth van Beek - Catlogue Flyer - at New Documents - A1

1pm - Jeremy Fish - Forever Ever After - at Paragon Books - Booth A25

2pm - Andrew Schoultz - Decade 2011-2021 - at Paragon Books - Booth A25

3pm - Felicia Chao - Sketchbook 6 - at Paragon Books - Booth A25


Photo: Jenna Garrett

2022 SFABF PUBLICATION GRANT


We were thrilled to present our 2022 SFABF Publication Grant courtesy of Edition One Books.
The recipient for the 2022 grant of $5k, selected from our pool of exhibitors, was The Fulcrum Press!

Founded in Los Angeles in 2014, The Fulcrum Press is a small publisher exploring the interplay between photography and other artistic media. They are committed to expanding the possibilities of the publication format through their approach to the photo book as a curatorial project that exists both on and off the printed page. This commitment to the expanded role of the photographic object inspired their new brick-and-mortar Los Angeles space, The Fulcrum, which will bring together local, national and international artists working in photography and provide a single site for books, lectures, exhibitions and classes open to the local community.

Edition One Books works with design professionals, photographers, artists and other creative types to manufacture highly customized, top-quality books. They are focused on building longterm relationships with their customers, and strive to offer a more personalized book production service for small to medium runs.

Check out our 2020 Publishing Grant to see publishers we have supported in the past! 


SPONSORS


The 2022 SFABF was organized by Park Life, Colpa and Minnesota Street Project.
SFABF’s 2022 branding and identity by David Kasprzak.

Supporting Sponsors:
Chronicle Books, RITE Editions, San Francsico Center for the Book, Gold Collective and Chroma.

Media Sponsor:.
Hyperallergic and KQED

In-kind Sponsors:
Shapco Printing, CULK, Edition One, Lightsource SF, Swissnex San Francisco, Swiss Arts Council ProHelvetia, Liquid Death, Fort Point Beer Company and Dad Grass.

Special Thanks:
Deborah and Andy Rappaport, Anglim Trimble, bitforms gallery, Buddy, True Laurel, Bar Part Time, Casemore Kirkeby and the San Francisco Arts Eductation Project.