TABLOID! by Mary V. Marsh

The making of the artist’s book, TABLOID! became a process of looking at my response to news about corporate and technological changes in communication systems and controls to its access. I collected headlines and articles that reflected an alarm I felt about these changes, mostly from the New York Times, from January-July 2018. Carving linoleum cuts of newspaper articles, hand setting lead and wood type headlines, I then printed each element on the letterpress, slowly filling the eight pages to make a newspaper. Carving the photos and articles in linoleum contrasts the continually updated digital information on our screens. Printing the stories in tabloid format and tone satirizes and reveals our current news environment.

Artist Bio

Mary V. Marsh has been making art in the Bay Area since 1984, and has had solo shows at San Jose Museum of Art, San Francisco Art Commission at Grove Street, Berkeley Art Center, San Francisco Public Library Skylight Gallery and Mercury 20. Quite Contrary Press exhibits at the CODEX Book Arts Fair, and is in the collections of SFMOMA Library, The Bancroft Library, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Yale University Art Library and many others. She received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992, and a Kala Fellowship Award 2018-19. She makes artist’s books, prints and collaborative work with Tony Bellaver at Quite Contrary Press, in Oakland, California. Work is available through 23 Sandy, Kala Art Institute, Seager Gray Gallery, and Vamp and Tramp Booksellers.