In Remembrance, the current exhibit at San Francisco Center for the Book, is a thought-provoking collection of books, photographs, textiles and wall-hangings, sculptures and constructions reflecting on the passage of time. Some are memorial in nature, commemorating the personal loss of a loved one, or honoring a historical figure. Others capture the past, again either a specific time in the creator’s life or an epoch in history. In a way the subject is the absence of the subject – person, place or thing no longer here. Although that probably sounds rather depressing, I didn’t find the show to be a downer. In fact, overall the exhibit was present and forward-looking and very life-affirming in how the artists had used change and loss as a departure point for their creations. The exhibit seemed particularly apropos (and plate-o-shrimp) when I later encountered the Al-Mutanabbi Street inspired prints at the Library.
Through January 15, 2017