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SFCB | On Adaptations and Deceptions at First Sight: a conversation with artists Viviana Martínez Carlos and Alex Nichols

January 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Center for the Book

DATE: Friday, January 21, 2022

TIME: doors at 6 pm; presentation begins promptly at 6:30.

Registration for this event is mandatory; attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to the event and wear a mask while onsite/indoors at SFCB.

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On Adaptations and Deceptions at First Sight from the Mexican artist Viviana Martínez Carlos is a collaborative artist book which narrates the biological adaptation of the palm tree on the urban landscape of California, published by Entropico Ediciones.

The palm tree image is one of the most prominent symbols in the collective memory of the State of California. Utilizing imagery from the public domain dated between the years 1880 and 1920 as well as contemporary photographs by Martínez Carlos, On Adaptations and Deceptions at First Sight presents the palm tree as an inhabitant transplanted to this time and place. Brief descriptions of biological adaptations of the palm tree and reflections on the construction of the landscape are mixed in the texts.

Martínez Carlos will be in conversation with San Francisco based conceptual artist Alex Nichols, and focus on studio and research practices, the nature of collaboration, and how personal narrative can influence one’s body of work.

https://sfcb.org/adaptations