On view in the Jesup Gallery, August 12 - October 25, 2023: An exhibit by artist Marc Zaref: CASCADE, 2023. This is a site-specific installation of deconstructed case-bound book boards.
Zaref will also take part in an artist conversation on August 29 from 6-8 pm with fellow exhibitor Niki Ketchman (Niki's work is on view in South Gallery) and Miggs Burroughs.
From the Artist:
“My book board installations begin with the deconstruction of case-bound books — all destined for recycling. I then reassemble the materials of linen and/or paper wrap covers to form dimensional panels. Each site-specific installation is unique however a musical theme is common. Cascade, along with its description of falling water, is a term in music referencing a progression of notes.
“Color, like music, is often described with words such as rhythm, harmony, and melody. The artist/musician has limitless choices in creating contrasts, harmonies, contradictions, and patterns. Assembled in a free and improvisational manner, color associations may draw the viewer into an area of the piece, perhaps triggering memories, emotions, or simply personal tastes.
“For the Library, the Jesup Gallery offered a unique and challenging environment to create within. Limited to a wall installation and in a popular seating area, I took advantage of an unusual feature– a partially open ceiling. A place to begin a cascade. The illusion of an unknown source of the piece–not unlike an underground stream or the mind
of a musician.”
More about Marc Zaref:
A multidisciplinary artist, Zaref is known to some as a sculptor, others as a painter, and many as a designer. Drawing is the foundation of his processes, and is apparent in his work on paper, through playful assemblages of forged and welded steel. His broad range of skills are paired with a comfort and knowledge of working with an extensive palette of methods and materials. This enables him to freely articulate his ideas and expressions in two and three dimensions.
Zaref’s design background, concentrated in the world of museums and galleries, gives him an understanding of partnership and collaboration. His role in the curatorial planning and execution of major exhibitions, from creating monographic, thematic, and period specific books, to designing exhibition spaces, exposed him to limitless visual influences. In this capacity he worked closely with artists, curators, museum board members and staff. While Marc continues to consult with institutions and provides design services on a per project basis, he transitioned to dedicating his time to his fine artwork in his studio and shop.
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