Special thanks to Caroline Stern for generously sharing her studio with us to make this exhibition possible, to Julie’s Cafe for providing snacks and refreshments for the opening reception, to Steve Lavoie and the Temescal Branch Oakland Public Library for their continued support, to the participating artists and writers for entrusting us with their work, and to you for being a part of FWD:


PART I: 5495 Claremont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
CH I: Friday, March 15, 2019, 7-10PM: Opening Reception & Print Sale
CH II: Saturday. March 16, 2019, 12-3PM: BBQ & Readcordings

PART II: 5205 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
CH II: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 12-2PM: Zine Making Workshop
CH IV: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 3-5PM: Creative Writing Workshop


FWD: is a multi-chapter project that is at once a call to spring forward our humanities, to be forward as in to go beyond normal boundaries, to forward communications to other channels or recipients, and to act as a foreword to preface necessary dialogue and continuing discourse. It is a project that lays claim to independent agency while harnessing the soft powers of art and print.


Equally as energizing as the use of alternative art spaces is the act of independent publishing. Since the invention of the printing press, we have seen society reshape itself through print as a means of mass communications while the arts continue to serve as a headspace for experimentation and exchange. In this light, print and art are contrasted as different vehicles that have the same capabilities to deliver ideas, histories, and visions of our shared futures.


In our contemporary reality, the agency of print and art are often kept reserved for those privileged in positions of power. Scholarly journals are codified in heavy theory and kept in exclusive databases while the art of our times are protected in white-walled castles with admission costs and cultural elitism coexisting as "protective" moats. Independent projects continue to function as necessary frictions to decentralize the epicenter of thought that is the institution.


FWD: takes full advantage of the overlaps of print and art, placing this very intersection as centerfold. On view are artworks pulled from a range of publications such as zines, artist books, or more traditionally formatted books. Pragmatics are put into play as select works from FWD: will circulate within the Oakland Public Library system while other works will be the mainstay of public workshops.


Participants and collaborators are composed of independent movers and shakers, voices that are self-amplified, and storytellers that help shape our collective narrative. They include: Sophie Appel, Claire Astrow, Sophia Cook, Dan Crowe, Ocean Escalanti, Adrian Martinez, Paranoid Tiers, Dianna Settles, & Cole Solinger.


FWD: is organized and co-curated by Robert L. Borsdorf IV, Florence Fu, Andrew Sungtaek Ingersoll, Renée Johnson, Jear Keokham, Omar Mohammad, and State Fabric Editions.


This is the second exhibition as a part of One Hundred for One Hundred, a collaborative curatorial project conceived to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Temescal Branch Library, consisting of a string of exhibitions and events that deal with art, community, culture, and the humanities.


Photographs courtesy of One Hundred for One Hundred. All rights reserved.