Friday, March 11, 2016

Lost in Transit

A few shots of my work up at SOIL Artist Run-Gallery in Seattle, WA, part of the terrific group show Lost in Transit. Thank you Ricky Yanas for these great photographs!


:: Left to Right, Alexis Nutini, Douglas Witmer, Me (Inheritance), Me (Ocean), and Ezra Mauch ::


:: Inheritance, Lead and Fine Woodworking Magazines, 2015 ::


:: Left, Ocean, letterpress on paper, 2015 ::

Lost in Transit explores mythologies of disappearance, the anxiety of travel, and the precarious nature of man-made structures in the work of eighteen Philadelphia artists. Using H. John Thompson’s 2014 sculptural project Holding Our Own (2014), the focus of which is the legend of DB Cooper, the only unsolved airline hijacking in US history, as a jumping-off point, the members of each gallery were prompted to dig into their own bodies of work (new and old) to find formal and contextual similarities that would link them to this loaded subject. In doing so the exhibition acts as a kind of detective tale looking for clues, piecing together bits of information, and attempting to follow elusive threads of continuity and synchronicity within a diverse collection of styles and practices.

The exhibition includes pieces by Marc Blumthal, Marianne Dages, Christina P. Day and Ricky Yanas that engage in the distortion, breakdown, and absence of their subjects. Prints and sculpture by Alexis Granwell, Leslie Friedman,Terri Saulin Frock, and Tamsen Wojtanowski suggest complex and elusive languages that exist outside the realm of logic and rationality. A selection of suitcases made especially for Tiger Strike Asteroid Philadelphia’s space in December’s Artist-Run at The Satellite Show Miami Beach will also be included. These subversive objects hint at the tricky nature of contemporary navigation and travel while also referring to the gallery’s own institutional history.

Together, the works selected for this exhibition form a conceptual trajectory that moves viewers in and out of iconic and banal imagery, ethereal and hardedge forms, light and dark spaces, and into a search for something that may have never been there.

Artists: Todd Baldwin, Marc Blumthal, Mark Brosseau, Lewis Colburn, Christina P. Day, Marianne Dages, William DiBello, Leslie Friedman, Terri Saulin Frock, Alexis Granwell, Ezra Masch, Alexis Nutini, Joanna Platt, Kayla Romberger, H. John Thompson, Douglas Witmer, Tamsen Wojtanowski, Ricky Yanas

A couple more shots of the show in its entirety. The show looks incredible, I wish I could see it in person! Thank you to everyone at SOIL and Marc, Ricky, John, and Mark and everyone else who worked so hard to plan, install, and make it happen.



Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter News

A Two-week Letterpress Workshop at Penland School of Crafts

This workshop will focus on experimental applications of traditional letterpress techniques and the role of text in art. We’ll investigate how wood and metal type and common print shop materials can create unique textures, refined imagery, and meaningful content. We’ll draw inspiration from the Penland type collection and from artists who use text as prompt and image. You’ll learn to set type, fold simple book forms, and print on a Vandercook proof press. Each student will take home a collection of prints and a new appreciation of the printed word in all its forms. All levels. Code 01L

Studio artist; teaching: Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia), University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Common Press (Philadelphia); Herhusid residency (Iceland); collections: Museum of Modern Art (NYC), St. Bridge Foundation (UK), School of the Art Institute of Chicago; exhibitions: Print Gallery Tokyo, International Print Center (NYC). mariannedages.com

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Friday, January 29th, 6-8pm
Readings begin at 6:15 p.m., reception following until 8:00 p.m


:: Marianne Dages, Dictionary I, Gouache, pencil, and silver point on paper ::

Jacintha Clark, Marianne Dages and Nichola Kinch present in collaboration three, short experimental performances in conjunction with the Wind Challenge 2 series. Each artist has selected a piece of text related to their work to be performed in the space of their solo exhibitions in the style and method of their choosing. Live and one night only.

Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA

Exhibition runs December 4th -January 30th
Monday-Thursday- 9am-9pm
Friday- 9am-5pm
Saturdays- 9-4pm

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NAPOLEON Collective at COOP Gallery
January 2- January 31 2016


COOP Gallery and the NAPOLEON Artist Collective in Philadelphia are pleased to present Far More Real, a group exhibition featuring members of the NAPOLEON collective in a month-long exchange between the two spaces.

Far More Real is a group show from the members of the NAPOLEON Collective in Philadelphia that examines the work of each artist-member through Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.

More about COOP:
COOP is a curatorial collective made up of artists, curators, thinkers and professors who are committed to expanding Nashville’s dialogue with contemporary art by presenting challenging new or under-represented artists/artworks to our community. COOP is committed to exhibiting art of diverse media and content, with a goal to provide an alternative venue for artists free from the constraints of the retail market. COOP seeks to initiate a discourse between Nashville and art scenes across the country by inviting artists to show, develop projects and interact with the Nashville community.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Wind Challenge, Opening December 3rd

::Marianne Dages, Veil (detail), letterpress print on okawara paper, 2015 ::

If you are near or around Philadelphia, I am very honored and excited to be taking part in the Wind Challenge Exhibition series. I will be debuting a series of printed and drawn work.

"Established in 1978, the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is an annual juried competition that is committed to enriching and expanding people’s lives through art. Three Wind Challenge Exhibitions are held from September through May, featuring the work of exceptional artists living in the Philadelphia region."

December 4-January 30
Opening Reception is December, 3rd from 6-8

Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia

I hope you can join us!

::Marianne Dages, Ka (detail), letterpress print on okawara paper, 2015 ::


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pagus, 12 x 12, and Pluto

This summer/fall, I participated in two portfolio exchanges, 12 x 12 and a Pluto Print Exchange. I also have new work on in an exhibition at Pagus Gallery in Norristown. 

First, the new installation, Future Ritual is included in the exhibition PRESS PLAY at Pagus Gallery. This exhibition includes print-based works by artists Marc Blumthal, Sarah Bourne Rafferty, Marianne Dages, Michael Kowbuz, Lauren Pakradooni, and Stacy Rosende. 

:: Marianne Dages, detail of the installation Future Ritual, 2015 ::

The exhibition, curated by Lisa Sylvester, looks at the varied ways in which contemporary artists work in printmaking, and at how play and experimentation with process and materials shape meaning and provoke new questions for the artist to grapple with.

Pagus Gallery 
October 1st – November 13th 2015
619 W. Washington St.
Norristown, PA 19401

12 x 12, curated by Trevor Powers, is an artists' book/zine swap including the work of six Massachusetts and six regional/national artists that considered the number twelve in one way or another.I contributed An End, an eight page folded letterpress book that considers references time and endings. The 12th hour.

The text reads, She is the color of black burning fire and of things which have come to an end.

The image used over and over in the book is of a mirror in the process of shattering.


:: 12 x 12 box ::


:: Bottom Center, Marianne Dages, An End, 3.875” x 6.25”, 8 pages ::

The other exchange was print based, and the theme of the exchange, the planet Pluto. For this a wrote a text titled Preparation Ceremony using the Orphic Hymn to Pluto as source of ideation. The text has a futuristic tone to it, and it written like a letter from one entity to another...

My dear receiver,
It is later in life
I have accessed a powerful sequence
where the end is not a color
It makes me feel humble and chthonic
I am heavy with knowledge
like fruit
I am so secure...


The print is a 3-color letterpress monoprint and text. 

:: Marianne Dages, Preparation Ceremony, Letterpress on paper, 9" x 9", 2015 ::

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Marianne Dages. Works. Mainly Printed.

Marianne Dages. Works. Mainly Printed. A solo exhibition of prints, books and drawings at print gallery in Toyko, Japan, ran from July 11 - August 9, 2015. To print gallery tokyo...my most sincere and thanks. For this opportunity, designing this beautiful exhibition, for everything.






 





Friday, August 14, 2015

Recent Ideas

Work from this summer. 

:: Counter, paper, xerox transfer, linen, found images, 2015 ::

:: all its possibilities, xerox print, 2015 ::

:: 1 am you 13 times, handmade paper and ink, 2015 ::

:: Instruction, letterpress, xerox print, paper, linen, 2015 ::

:: Album, xerox transfer, letterpress, paper, linen, 2015 ::


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Shane Darwent: Southside All Stars

This month I am curating a solo exhibition of work by Shane Darwent at Napoleon Gallery. Shane and I met at Penland School of Crafts, we were both in the core fellowship program and were roommates. We collaborated on a series together titled Five a few years ago. In the last couple of years, I've been following his work with great interest, watching him combine the mediums of photography and sculpture in new ways. It's been a pleasure working with him to put this show together. Rachel White wrote an excellent essay for the exhibition, which you can read here.

The exhibition opens this Friday from 6-10pm (more info below). We hope to see you there!


Southside All Stars

A SOLO-EXHIBITION BY SHANE DARWENT, CURATED BY NAPOLEON MEMBER MARIANNE DAGES

In Southside All Stars, litter-dappled grass becomes a painterly celebration of grotesque beauty. Colorful, plastic still-lives are like empty sets, ripe with possible narratives. Darwent draws inspiration from the semi-urban landscape of his Chattanooga neighborhood and presents photographs and sculptures that encourage us to contemplate the role of material culture in our lives and in the lives of a community at the edge of opportunity. 
Opening Reception
First Friday, August 7th
6pm – 10pm
NAPOLEON
319 N 11th Street, 2L
Philadelphia, PA
Exhibition Dates: 8.7.2015 – 8.28.2015
Galllery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 2pm – 6pm or by appointment