Drawn and Quarto is an exhibition featuring the work of five artists who create both drawings and book works as separate bodies of work. Included are works by Jennifer Hines (Chicago, Illinois), Lauren Scanlon (Los Angeles, California) Mary Marsh (Oakland, California), Meredith Lynn (Moorhead, Maine) and Tony Bellevar (Oakland, California).
The title for the exhibition is taken from a word familiar to those familiar with bookish and publishing lingo. Quarto is a late 16th century term meaning ‘fourth of a sheet’ and typically designates the size of a book page resulting from folding each printed sheet into four leaves, or eight pages.
From gallery director/curator Alicia Bailey:
Integral to a well executed and conceived artists’ book are engineering ingenuity, skillful imaging and wordsmithery. Artists who have developed diverse interests and skill sets generally create top notch bookworks, whether or not they work in the book arts field exclusively. With Drawn and Quarto my intent is to showcase works in other media and materials created by artists I know through their book works. I have selected artists who work regularly and diligently to hone their drawing skills. Not sketching as a means of generating ideas, but a drawing practice that results in stand alone works that are presented as finished art objects.
About the artists in Drawn and Quarto:
Jennifer Hines, currently living in Chicago, Illinois, incorporates images of the human body, natural imagery, symbols, and the written word into her artwork using many mediums, including sculpture, printmaking, digital photography, painting, drawing, and installation, to explore the conceptual ideas of identity, narrative, and memory.
Lauren Scanlon, originally from Memphis, Tennessee, now lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Memphis, and an MFA in Printmaking from the Ohio State University. Her work explores various aspects of a specific line of romance novels she read when young alongside highlights of the fairytale elements of these same books.
Mary V. Marsh was born in Portland, Oregon and has been working in libraries and making art in the Bay Area since 1982. She received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992 and now makes unique and small edition artist's books under Quite Contrary Press. In Drawn and Quarto she is exhibiting both books and drawings selected from a year of recording her daily consumption of coffee to-go.
Meredith Lynn is a Minnesota based artist who focuses primarily on works on paper. She is the founder and creative director of Rust Belt Bindery, an independent press that publishes fiction, poetry, and artists books. has an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she also studied at the Center for the Book. She uses her familiarity and skills with a variety of different materials to explore time and identity.
Oakland based artist Tony Bellaver creates mixed media sculpture and drawings inspired by his love of hiking and nature. He incorporates maps, drawings, photographs and found foliage gathered on his many hikes to create texture and meaning in his diary-like works. Back in the studio, his gatherings form the basis for larger scale, sculptural works, quite often realized in book form.