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SMALL INVENTIONS
Exhibition Catalog
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
2019
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ON LOCATION

Barry Lopez wrote On Location in 2020, the last year of his life. The essay captures his passion for engaging with a particular place, its landscape, its animals, its culture and its people. In On Location he engages with northwestern Alaska and the Mojave Desert - disparate places but in writing about them he shows his uncommon gift as an explorer and seeker.

On Location is a limited edition of thirty copies completed in the spring of 2022. It includes hand-folded envelopes on 80 lb. Coronado paper, postage stamp collages, imaginary stamps and four monotypes reproduced as high-resolution digital prints. Typeface is Times New Roman. Designed by Charles Hobson who assembled the book with the assistance of Alice Shaw.

10 x 9 x 1-1/4 inches.

35 pages. Publication Price: $3,850

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TWO HUNDRED & FIFTY IMAGINARY WATERFALLS

The central idea of this book is to juxatpose Joseph Goldyne's 250 intimate waterfall drawings with lines of poetry by Billy Collins with cut-out sheets of paper as masks to select pairs of waterfalls. Joseph Goldyne has been drawing and painting imaginary waterfalls for more than a decade. During the last several months of 2019, he made 250 small pen and ink wash drawings, each about two inches square on prepared sheets of watercolor paper. The effect is to offer the reader a way to find new insights in each. Billy Collins' poem, Elk River Falls, pursues the same exploration.

The ink and wash drawings have been reproduced as high resolution digital prints on 80 lb. Epson Ultra Premium Presentation paper. Laser cut sheets of 250 gsm BFK Rives paper act as masks which can be removed from the spine and rotated. A one-of-kind original drawing, measuring 7 x 5 inches, is contained in each book and can be removed for presentation or framing.

10 x 10 x 1 inches. 27 pages. Clamshell box measures 11 x 11 x 1.5 inches.

Publication Price: $3,750 for Copies 1-20.
$4,500 for Copies 21-30.

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CHACAPA

Shamans in the Amazon gather palm fronds together into a fan-shaped bundle to create a rhythmic instrument to be used in healing ceremonies. The Shaman rubs and rattles the Chacapa over the participant while singing an icaro, a medicine song. This calms and creates a healing energy around the person.

CHAPACA has been made as an edition of twenty copies in the spring and early summer of 2020. The text and photographs are by Sandra Hobson. The paper is Coronado SST 100 lb. Stipple. The type face is Calibri. Charles Hobson designed the book. Sandra and Charles assembled the edition together while sheltering-in-place at Stinson Beach, California during the Coronavirus outbreak in 2020.

5 x 6 x 1 inches. 28 pages.

Publication Price: $500

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SMALL INVENTIONS

The Catalog for the Exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco entitled Small Inventions features thirteen artist's books by Charles Hobson. They have been selected from the Museums' collection of thirty-six of his artist's books, which show the way in which his small inventions have led to surprising outcomes. The books contain poems by Billy Collins, W.S. Merwin, Richard Wilbur and Eavan Boland and narratives by Mark Twain, Barry Lopez and Roger Angell.

Fifty-six pages 7.5 x 10.5 inches.

Exhibition Dates: February 2 to May 26, 2019

Publication Price: $25

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Available here and at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Books.

A PDF version of the Catalog is available here.

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THREE ARTIST'S BOOKS VIDEO

Charles Hobson talks about what distinguishes an artist's book, using three of his own creations as examples from an exhibition at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Each of the books, Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes, Fresnel's Tower and Quarantine show how the characteristics of sequence, flow, word & image and structure operate to make a book a medium of creative expression.

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