photo by Beth Fein
Mary V. Marsh's work explores the changing technologies of communication through a lens of personal experience and anxiety. Each new format of information delivery transforms the nature of our thinking and presents new challenges to access. Her prints, artist's books, and installations look at how information is delivered, how it is perceived, and the intersection of experience and memory. Her work in libraries has provided a foundation for ideas, and 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. Her works are shown at the CODEX Book Arts Fair, The Art of the Book at Seager Gray Gallery, and is in the collections of SFMOMA Library, The Bancroft Library, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Yale University Art Library and many others. 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.
Quite Contrary Press offers small edition and unique artist’s books, prints and photographs by Tony Bellaver and Mary V. Marsh, created individually and collaboratively in Oakland, California.
Sketchbook drawings, diaries and research provide the source and inspiration for our projects. Patterns of daily activities, poems and observations are combined with maps, drawings, and photographs in a layered story of our journeys. Our collaborative projects evolve from many conversations while camping and backpacking. We stand as witnesses, responding to what we see, somewhere between viewer and participant.
Oakland based artist Tony Bellaver makes mixed media sculpture,
drawings and photographs inspired by his love of hiking and nature. He combines maps, drawings, photographs and found foliage gathered on his many hikes to create his work. He received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992.
Tony Bellaver website