Amateur Astronomer Release & Show

Art Shows, In-Store Events

Join us for a night of freshly self-published chapbooks at Needles & Pens.

“The Amateur Astronomer” first appeared as a serial article in Colpa Press’s La Gazzetta, a silkscreened monthly broadside made available at the newsstand kiosk on Market and 6th Streets (March 15 – Sept 15, 2012). “Amateur Astronomer” epistolary novelette compiles those articles with diagrammatic illustrations as a limited print run of 50 chapbooks. Booklets were designed, printed and published by Sabina Nieto and Carissa Potter in San Francisco, California, 2012.

Book Premise: These monthly advice columns look to make a constellation. By re-presenting the stars, we seek to make site-specific observations about our setting with the goal of growing closer. Once a month we aim to introduce a tool from a set spanning the spectrum of childhood playthings to beyond our realm of expertise. A social application is suggested and diagrammatic instructions propose how one might continue to search the night sky with a take-home activity.

A gallery installation accompanies this book release. Opening reception promises books for sale, a sip of Carissa’s Lonely Stargazer elixir and simple sextant activity station.

Needles & Pens, 3253 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
In the Gallery: November 15 – December 2, 2012
Book Release / Reception: Thursday, November 15, 7 – 9 pm


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