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Featured Artist Project China Marks: Time Traveler
October 7, 2016 - December 10, 2016
FEATURED ARTIST PROJECT
Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, Center for Book Arts
Time Traveler features recent books, broadsides, and text-based drawings produced in thread and fabric using an industrial sewing machine and a computerized embroidery machine. Marks’ artworks depict a present time that is profoundly informed by the past, often re-imagined, and also includes fantasies of the future.
Process is the transformative agent, synthesizing and subverting the forms and stories contained in the original sources. Since November of 2010, Marks has been working on a series of drawings that incorporates artist-generated text and imagery, creating dramatic narratives. While profoundly influenced by the books she has read, journals kept, and her own one-of-a-kind books, these drawings offer an entirely different way of telling stories.
China Marks earned a B.F.A. in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives and makes art in Long Island City, NY, making process-directed drawings and one-of-a-kind books. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, most recently a 2011 fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, which also named her a Gregory Millard Fellow. China Marks has been featured in exhibitions at Asian American Arts Centre, NYC; The Jersey City Museum, NJ; Arkansas Arts Center, AR; Bergen Museum of Art and Sciences, NJ; Montclair Art Museum, NJ; Kansas City Art Institute, MO; Queens Museum of Art, NYC; and Contemporary Craft Museum, OR, among other places.