'The Illuminated Library' at San Francisco State University: 'Paradise'

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

EXAMINER.COM -- Jorge Luis Borges once wrote “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” If he could visit “The Illuminated Library” at San Francisco State University’s Fine Arts Gallery, he would believe himself in paradise. The historical books on display at the “The Illuminated Library” include a 14th-century Book of Hours in pristine condition, still with its original binding. There are two pages of Gregorian chant, written on vellum with the raised gold letters that sparkle in the light. But the show is more than medieval manuscripts. It includes a lively and eclectic selection of Bay Area artists who also work in the book arts, a group that includes contemporary artists like Enrique Chagoya, Nina Katchadourian, Jason Jägel, Clare Rojas and Brian Dettner.