The Open Book sequence of exhibitions has been 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. The next Open Book show will be in August at Arion Press.
Past exhibitions have been at 1890 Bryant Studios, Pier 2 at Fort Mason, the Swell Gallery and the Diego Rivera Gallery. These openings have had many different events within them such as open mics, live music, live screen printing with aid from the SF Poster Syndicate and drawing sessions.
In an age of encouraged ignorance, fake news, xenophobia, the Open Book 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, persistence, magic, outrage & love.