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SMALL INVENTIONS
Exhibition Catalog
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
2019
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THREE ARTIST'S BOOKS VIDEO

Charles Hobson
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 2016

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Exhibition Catalogue
2008

Exhibition Catalog
Bolinas Museum
2002
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Artists' books are a natural meeting place for image and word. Because of this, I work with books, particularly accordion and other sculptural forms of books, which allow both an intimate viewing experience and a group viewing experience to take place. I've taught about artists's books at the San Francisco Art Institute since 1990 and became an emerius professor in 2013. In 2007, Stanford University acquired the design archive of my work and mounted coordinated exhibitions at the Green Library and the Cantor Art Museum. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has thirty-six of my artist's books in its collection and in 2019 mounted an exhibit with a full-color catalogue.

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Since 1986 I have operated Pacific Editions, a publisher of limited edition artist books. For a list of books published by Pacific Editions, please click here.

I'm an artist who uses pastel, monotype and other printmaking variations to construct images for books and works on paper.  Usually working in series, I often follow a historical theme and employ the monotype as an underpainting for further work with pastel, acrylic and printed texts.

A monotype begins as a painting on a thin flat surface such as copper or plexiglass. A piece of paper is placed over the image and the plate and paper are run through a press, and the resulting impression on the paper is a monotype. A second impression from the same plate produces a much fainter image called a "ghost." Working with monotypes permits me to rework an image several times in a fresh way and look for the play of chance and accident. I can print a monotype as a layer over another pattern or picture as well as work over it with pastel or acrylic. In this process the monotype provides a luminosity to the final image in a method pioneered by Edgar Degas.

Monotype Ghost Completed Image
with Collage




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