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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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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. Merlin, 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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FLIGHT

The human urge to fly like the birds has been an enduring passion for centuries. This double-sided accordion book uses the paper airplane as a metaphor for the pursuit of this passion. Here are five tales giving testament to the strength of that urge from the years before 1903 when the Wright Brothers made sustained human flight a reality.

FLIGHT is a limited edition of 30 copies, completed in the fall of 2017. Charles Hobson wrote the text and created pastel monotypes and drawings for the front and back of each  book which have been reproduced as high-resolution digital prints.

11 x 7 x 2 inches. 26 pages and 5 paper airplanes.  

Publication price: $3,500

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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.

View the video here.
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THE WOLF WHO ATE THE SKY

The Wolf Who Ate the Sky
is a story by Anna Isabel Rauh, and her mother, Mary Daniel Hobson that has been designed and illustrated by Charles Hobson.

A very hungry wolf eats the sky, plunging the whole world into darkness, but a brave boy and a menagerie of animals are determined to bring back the light.

The story was created by Anna and her mother in car rides to and from preschool, and then told and re-told growing into the tale that appears in the book. You can see and hear Anna at 3-1/2 years old tell one version of this tale on YouTube

This three-generation project has been published as a trade edition by Heyday Books, Berkeley, 2015.

The hardback book sells for $16. It has 32 pages and measures 10-1/4 x 7-1/4 inches. It is available at Heyday and at Amazon or at your local bookstore.

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