Quite Contrary Press offers small edition and unique artist’s books, prints and photographs by Mary V. Marsh and Tony Bellaver, created individually and collaboratively in Oakland, California. Works are shown at the CODEX Book Fair, The Art of the Book at Seager Gray Gallery, Kala Art Institute, and are in the collections of SFMOMA Library, The Bancroft Library, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Yale University Art Library and many other Library Collections.
Mary V. Marsh's work explores the changing technologies of communication through a lens of personal experience and anxiety. Art projects look at how information is delivered, how it is perceived, and the intersection of experience and memory. Her career in libraries has provided a foundation for ideas. Research about reading informs the work and inspires new projects. Mary V. Marsh has exhibited throughout the Bay Area with solo shows at San Jose Museum of Art, San Francisco Arts Commission at Grove Street, Berkeley Art Center, San Francisco Public Library Skylight Gallery, and Mercury 20. Public collections include Alameda County, Berkeley Civic Art Collection, and the City of Hayward. She received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992, and a Fellowship Award from Kala Art Institute in 2018.