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Online Interview:
Peter Koch and Sam Pelts
Extraction: The Worldwide Art Ruckus
Friday, July 9, 2:00-3:00pm PST
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Please join Peter Koch and Sam Pelts, the founder and organizer of Extraction, Art on the Edge of the Abyss, as they discuss the ideas around their creation and interview each other on the origins of the project and the resulting worldwide art ruckus. The Center for Photographic Art is pleased to be part of the ruckus with our own Extraction exhibition curated by Helaine Glick on view July 26-August 1, 2021.

Sam Pelts is an artist, activist, and one of the founding organizers of EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss. He works as Special Project Manager for the CODEX Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Peter Rutledge Koch, designer printer, publisher, artist, and writer, founded Montana Gothic: A Journal of Poetry, Literature & Graphics and Black Stone Press, a letterpress printing and publishing office in Missoula, Montana in 1974. Moving to San Francisco in 1979 Peter served an apprenticeship with the book designer Adrian Wilson at his renowned Press in Tuscany Alley. Since the dissolution of Black Stone Press in 1983 he has continued to publish literary and philosophical private press and artist books, often in collaboration with contemporary poets and artists. From 1991 to 2011 he taught “The Hand Printed Book in its Historical Context” a practicum and historical survey of the book as a work of art at University of California Berkeley and The Bancroft Library.

In 2005 Koch and his wife Susan Filter created the CODEX Foundation to preserve and promote the arts of the book and is the founding director of the acclaimed biennial CODEX International Book Fair and Symposium.

A retrospective of his work was exhibited both at Stanford University Library in 2017 and the Grolier Club in New York City in 2019. In conjunction with his retrospective, Stanford University Libraries published a three-volume catalogue raisonné: Peter Koch Printer, (1974-2016) A descriptive Bibliography.

His commissioned books, private press books, artworks, and artist books have been the subject of solo exhibitions at The New York Public Library, The San Francisco Public Library, The Widener Library at Harvard University, The Yellowstone Art Museum, The Missoula Art Museum, The Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Stanford University Library , The Grolier Club, and The Book Club of California.

The Black Stone Press archives (1974-1982) are housed at the University of Delaware Library Archives and Special Collections. The archives of Peter Koch Printer 1982-2019 are housed at Stanford University Library. A nearly complete catalogue of his evolving work may be seen on his website www.peterkochprinters.com.

In 2018 Koch founded the multi-disciplinary, multi-national series of events and interventions “EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss” which will take place throughout 2021. This international “event” has never been attempted before, and is singular in its scope and intention: Artists, writers, musicians, photographers and film-makers together with over 50 museums, galleries and public performance spaces world-wide will participate in a massive series of shows / performances / exhibitions / interventions all with a single theme: the global poisoning and destruction of the environment on a scale never before seen in the 2000 years of recorded history. A 650 page “Mega-zine” published in an edition of 5,00 copies is to be distributed free at participating museums, galleries, and public art spaces. EXTRACTION: ART on the Edge of the Abyss documents the artworks, writings and events of this intervention and serves as a guidebook to public exhibitions and performances. To learn more about the ruckus, visit the Extraction website: www.extractionart.org.

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