October 13-29, 2017
October 22nd 3-8 pm
(with sponsorship from Sierra Nevada--free beer!)
October 27th, 6-8 pm
"The Bay Area is a particularly hard place to survive as an artist — in any capacity. It is a sad reality, because this area used to be the opposite of that — a place where people flocked to, found support and gained autonomy. What do people come here for now?
The fight isn’t specific to this area — it’s also a fight against the direction of this culture as a whole. Our aim is to establish accessibility to the arts and freedom of the press. We see what we do as a counter-narrative to the loss of interest in tangible art in any form. In this growing void a nostalgia and fetish culture has sprung up for the printed page. And we foster this desire for physical, relatable, self-published forms of expression so that they are able to exist in a world that is losing touch.
The beauty of printmaking is in its honesty. Self-publishing outside of any institution is the ideal, and it is a cultural cornerstone that we can’t afford to lose. Zines, colorful prints, collections of illustrations about hot dogs, thick photo books, fliers for shows, stone lithographs, screen printed shirts, tiny etchings, free stickers … — whatever we create, it is made within this community, and lets others know that they can create things too.
Cynthia Navarro, Sanaa Khan, Max Stadnik & Kenneth Srivijittakar created Tiny Splendor in 2012. We felt that by working together and collaborating with other artists we could go much further than we could as individuals. And it was this collective effort that has enabled us to acquire, maintain, and house all of the equipment and resources needed to bring prints to people."