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Archive for 'October 2015'

    A Quick Look: Selected Book Arts Midterm Projects

    By Chris Rolik 

    Hard to believe, but we’re halfway through Fall semester already – and that means Midterm projects are due! The following are just a few selected Midterm projects from the many different Book Arts classes running this Fall. 

    Itay Kapitulmik's game "Funded"

    Itay Kapitulmik's game "Funded"

    Itay Kapitulnik created a board game he calls “Funded”. Based on the geography of the San Francisco peninsula, the board’s playing space ranges from the bottom of Silicon Valley to the tippy top of The City. Different aspects of the game involve dealing with traffic, housing, R & D, and money, with the object of the game being to obtain enough funding to ultimately build the winning “killer app”. Itay’s awesome design skills are evident in every part of the game, including his own laser-cut Prius-shaped playing pieces. 

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    Apinya Srikhwanthong used skills she developed by taking the Paper Sculpture class (taught by Jeff Nishinaka) to create her sculptural altered book entitled “Life’s a Beach so Relax and Eat More Lobster!” She colored, shaped, and built her lovely lobster and his garnish, which she then placed into an old, obsolete coffee table book she’d hollowed out and painted – a process that, as Apinya will attest to, takes a whole lot longer than you’d think! The end result is a sculptural book transformation that is simply magical. 

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    Celia Cueto Morilla used her own photographs assembled in layered collage compositions reminiscent of the Dadaists in her three tunnel books entitled “Air, Earth, Water”. The tunnel book structure utilizes depth and layering, and must be handled and manipulated to be fully experienced. This interaction is mesmerizing because it is so toy-like, and is the perfect vehicle for Celia’s delightfully whimsical compositions. 

    This is just a small sample of the exceptional work produced by Book Arts students each semester. The Book Arts class (in the Printmaking Department, which is in the Fine Art Department) is open to all majors and all skill levels, with no prerequisites. Do come join us! Thanks to Itay, Apinya, and Celia for the use of their images, and congrats to all on a job well done! 


    Samantha Buller

    By Anna Nelson

    Samantha Buller at work in her studio

    Samantha Buller at work in her studio

    Samantha Buller graduated from the Academy of Art University with a  BFA in Fine Art and studied for a semester in Italy with the Fine Art study abroad program.  Italy inspired Samantha to continue her love and passion for painting beautiful light and color.  

    Samantha’s current solo exhibit for Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento features her contemporary still life work inspired by Wayne Thiebaud.  The body of work entitled “Nothing But In Thing’s” focuses on simplistic, everyday objects painting in a very stylistic manner.  

     

    “As children we are told from the very start to color inside the lines.  These paintings are an everyday practice for me to push outside my own lines/boundaries, and trying to discover them again by pushing and pulling paint between background and foreground.  From time to time I feel myself tense up, not wanting to loose the “perfect” mark…that’s when I know I need to take a breath and do just that, paint through that beautiful moment I was stuck on.”

    Buller has had the opportunity to teach workshops in California, Kansas, and Colorado, as well as work along side well known landscape artist, Scott Christensen, mixing paint for two of his larger works.  She shows in several galleries, including Abend in Denver, CO, Room Art Gallery in Mill Valley, CA and Wild Meyer Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.  She paints out of her studio in her home in northern California. 

    www.samanthabuller.com

     


    Alumni Excels at Roadworks Printing Festival by Meri Brin

    Each year, the San Francisco Center for the Book hosts the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival. Artists, Printmakers, Book Artists and enthusiasts all come together to visit with vendors, play with equipment, make pieces of art at do-it-yourself tables, and watch as a 7-ton 1924 Buffalo Springfield steamroller prints 3 foot by 3 foot large hand-carved linoleum blocks. This was the 12th year of the event, and quite a few of the Academy of Art’s alumni were there participating and celebrating. 

    Vendors and shoppers enjoy guitar playing as well

    Vendors and shoppers enjoy guitar playing as well

    Leah Jachimowicz, Coffee n Cream Press

    Leah Jachimowicz, Coffee n Cream Press

    MFA Printmaking Alumni Leah Jachimowicz, owner of Coffee n Cream Press, is a one-woman printmaking powerhouse. Leah designs and prints greeting cards and artwork. She also enjoys working directly with clients creating custom wedding invitations. Leah participates in many street fairs and art events around San Francisco, selling her unique designs directly to art lovers. She also has over a dozen stores in California, and even one in Louisiana, that stock and sell her cards. Leah enjoys working directly with clients creating custom wedding invitations

     

    Ryan Vicente

    Ryan Vicente

    Ryan Vicente’s print.

    Ryan Vicente’s print.

    This year BFA Printmaking Alumni Ryan Vicente agreed to carve of Steamroller’s large scale linoleum blocks. He transferred his drawing to the “battleship” linoleum, then spent about a week of long days and evenings carving the image into the block. Ryan proofed the block in small sections as he was carving it in his studio, but had to wait until the day of the event to see the whole image. Using the surface of the street as the press bed, a team of San Francisco Center for the Book volunteers inked up the block, laid it on the ground in a designated spot, and watched as the steamroller ran over it, transferring the ink from the block to the paper that was laid on top. The prints, once dry, are then available to purchase through San Francisco Center for the Book. If you missed this exciting event, be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s Steamroller! 

    The steamroller.

    The steamroller.

    Volunteers remove the paper from the inked linoleum.

    Volunteers remove the paper from the inked linoleum.

    The final print.

    The final print.