San Francisco Center for the Book (SFBC) Announces
10th Annual Roadworks: A Steamroller Printing Festival
on Sunday September 29, 2013
with Ten Featured Artists and Live Steamroller Printing
Watch this video of
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB) is pleased to present the 10th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival. The Festival, which will be located just outside the front door of San Francisco Center for the Book, located at 375 Rhode Island Street in San Francisco, is a free, public celebration full of activities devoted to letterpress, printmaking and the art of the book.
Utilizing a three-ton construction steamroller and Rhode Island Street — yes, the surface of the street itself! – as a printing press, a team of ten featured artists will create large-scale carved linoleum prints in front of a live audience. The number of artists selected this year is significant: ten artists were selected to symbolize the ten years that the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival has been in existence.
The ten featured artists are: Rik Olson, Kit Hinrichs, Patricia Curtain, Mike Kimball, Eric Rewtizer of 3 Fish Studios, Rich Fowler of Boarding All Rows, Anna Branning of Dutch Door Press, James Tucker of The Aesthetic Union, and C.K.Itamura of Peach Farm Studio, with Master Printer Rik Olson being counted a second time, as he will both reprint from the original piece of linoleum saved from Roadworks’ inaugural year, as well as create a special print to commemorate the 10th Annual Roadworks Festival.
The freshly pressed steamroller prints will be for available sale San Francisco Center for the Book all day. In addition, a diverse array of local artists, vendors, and organizations will be selling fine and affordable goods – usually with a bookish flavor. The Center will be filled all day with free demonstrations of letterpress printing, bookbinding, and calligraphy, where onlookers can also get their hands a bit inky – if they wish!
The San Francisco Center for the Book is a place where you can learn about the many arts and crafts of the book. Through workshops, exhibitions and public events, SFCB promotes both knowledge of traditional book arts and exploration of experimental book forms. Information about SFCB is available at www.sfcb.org and on the San Francisco Center for the Book Facebook page.
EVENT: Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival
DATE: Sunday, September 29, 2013
TIME: 11:00 PM until 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Rhode Island Street between 16th and 17th Streets, San Francisco, CA. Reception at 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, CA
TICKETS: not applicable, this is a FREE event
VIDEO SHORT: Watch “The making of ‘Masterpiece’: a Roadworks steamroller print” here.
FEATURED ARTISTS BIOS
This is the tenth Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival Rick has participated in. He is a renowned printmaker who has built a career focused on wood engraving, scratchboard, pen and ink, etching, linocuts and in his words, “about anything that includes sharp instruments and a dab of ink.”
Read interviews with Rik on the SFCB Blog: sfcb.org/blog tag “Rik Olson”
Interview with Rik Olson: http://sfcb.org/blog/2011/03/17/rik-olson-master-printmaker/
Kit has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the California College of the Arts, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. His work has been honored and widely published internationally, and several of his pieces are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design.
The work of artist, printmaker and designer Patricia Curtan draws on twin passions for gardening and cooking. She has a long association with Chez Panisse, involving cooking and writing as well as artwork for menus and cookbooks – most notably Alice Waters’s most recent cookbooks, Chez Panisse Vegetables (1996, HarperCollins) and Chez Panisse Fruit (2002, HarperCollins).
Mike Kimball is an artist in love with the city. His artwork focuses on the underlying geometric abstraction of the architecture, typography and design that is found in the urban landscape, as well as the curious effect that time and chaos has on that geometric order as it moves towards disorder and entropy.
Kimball maintains an art studio in the South of Market area (SOMA) of San Francisco, where he teaches screen printing methods with artist Hilary Williams.
Link to Mike’s portfolio here: http://www.mesart.com/indexps.jsp?artist=36
Teaches screen printing at ARC Studios with Hilary WIlliams, link here: http://www.hilaryatthecircus.com/classes/
Link to a 2008 interview by SF Unscripted with Mike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-gUZRYdvas
Eric Rewitzer of Three Fish Studios
Eric was born and raised on the industrial shores of Lake Michigan. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and moved to the west coast in 1987. Eric finds constant inspiration in the scale and diversity of California culture and landscape. He cannot stop looking at the city he calls home, San Francisco. He finds it to be an amazing mix of natural beauty, urban grit, and human diversity.
Rich Fowler of Boarding All Rows
Rich Fowler is a printmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Working in small editions, his original prints are designed and hand-pulled. Most of Rich’s work is in relief printmaking, carving both wood and linoleum blocks depending on what best suits the project. He work out of his home studio where he has a couple etching presses and lots of drying lines zig-zaging across the ceiling.
Anna Branning of Dutch Door Press
Anna Branning is one half of the popular San Francisco-based illustration and letterpress studio Dutch Door Press. Her skill as an illustrator and a printer will surely result in an intricate, graphic print during her turn as a Roadworks featured artist. Dutch Door Press is based in the lower level of a Victorian house (with a Dutch door), just steps away from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury District.
View her website here: http://www.dutchdoorpress.com/.
Photo essay of a studio visit by SF Blogger Tiffanie Turner Here:
Dutch Door Press Editor’s Pick feature here:
James Tucker of The Aesthetic Union
James specializes in higher end printing. “Tramp Printer” is the technical term he professionally goes by which dates back to the Gutenberg era. He specializes in letterpress and often uses polymer plates to achieve gorgeous designs that are eventually printed onto leather.
He possesses the craftsmanship it takes to be successful with letterpress and focuses on iconic images that are highly influenced by water and the boat he lives on at his artist commune. James spends half his time working with letterpress, the other half, sailing.
C.K.Itamura of Peach Farm Studio
C.K.Itamura is a letterpress and reduction linocut printer, photographer and producer. Her work blurs the lines between mediums as she combines letterpress and reduction linocut printing with photography, social commentary, personal idealism, live presentation and mixed media. Preferring the term sensory artist or just plain artist, over visual artist, she strives to absorb sensory inputs and regurgitate them in analogous forms.
Her studio, Peach Farm Studio is based in Sonoma County, California. She teaches letterpress, reduction linocut and other linoleum block-based classes and workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the North Bay.