Tuesday, October 26, 2010

City Reader: threnody for a lost landscape, Video by Justin Carl Hurty

city reader: threnody for a lost landscape from justin carl hurty on Vimeo.

City Reader is a publication for the pedestrian intending to expand the frame we live within, and to focus on the scale of the neighborhood. City Reader: threnody for a lost landscape a video by Justin Carl Hurty was produced during the Reading Conventions residency in the Adobe Books Parlor.

Carrie Hott's exhibition featured on the Artslant Picklist

"The exhibition warrants unexpected discoveries and encourages one to spend time wandering and observing throughout the store in a way that such time and patience can be obliterated with current technologies. Hott’s work echoes that of its surrounding: an independent bookstore, loosely organized and stacked high with things (good old-fashioned, tangible, musty books) to discover." – From a Sub-Sub by Kara Q. Smith

Read full article here.

Closing Event: Whale Watch

Saturday, November 6, 6-9pm

In the Adobe Books Parlor, the installation Whale Watch refers to the human inclination towards whale watching, and watching in general, which often elicits patience, reverence, and a sharp attentiveness, in order to allow for discovery. Within this clear objective, however, is the act of open-ended observation. As a visual and participatory project, Whale Watch is meant to echo the act of searching and orienting present in the process of Understanding A Whale Fall by concentrating on the act of observing, through both representations and visitor contributions in logbooks in the store. By bringing a focus onto the surrounding neighborhood and store visitors, Whale Watch weaves aspects of the current environment and local history with the broader investigations conveyed in the backroom.

For the closing of the exhibition, you’re invited to actively watch in the surrounding neighborhood of Adobe Books. Carrie Hott will lead participants on a short walk through the Mission along a route of historical landmarks and sites of interest. Participants are invited to fill in the gaps with their own knowledge, stories, and histories to the walk as it goes, alternating their experience as guide and observer.

Following the walk will be a reading about whales and whaling at Adobe Books. In addition to original pieces read by Carrie Hott, Kevin P. Clarke, and Christine Choi, Invisible City Audio Tour authors from their upcoming tour, The Armada of Golden Dreams, will preview their pieces. Armada readers will include Amanda Davidson, Jennifer Hasegawa, Jason Bucholz, and Dave Seter. Logbook contributors are invited to read their pieces as well.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Adobe Books featured in the 3rd issue of SFAQ

Michelle Broder Van Dyke, San Francisco Arts Quarterly (SFAQ) contributer (and Adobe Books staff member) Andrew McKinley, Adobe Books' proprietor, and Devon Bella , Adobe Books Backroom Gallery Director and Curator talk about the role of Adobe Books in the local arts community.