The Firestone Lecture in Contemporary Art

Aperture Series (10) 2014, laser toner on paper, 11-5/8 x 18-1/8"
Mar 16, 2020
7 p.m.
Francis Auditorium
Mary Baldwin University

The MBU art department is pleased to welcome artist Marsha Cottrell to campus on Monday, March 16, 2020, as part of the Firestone Lecture series.

Marsha Cottrell repurposes the functionality of an electrostatic office laser printer, computer and screen unplugged from online space, and inventively utilizes the tools’ capabilities to create luminous images in layers of carbon-black toner. Her seemingly alchemical process gives material form to an open-ended exploration of the tensions and interplay between nature and technology, body and machine, exterior and interior in images that evoke visionary or dreamlike states, nature, and the sublime.

Cottrell is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship Grant, among other awards. She has had solo exhibitions at Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco; Eleven Rivington, New York;Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf; Van Doren Waxter, New York; and most recently at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), Raleigh. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, to include The Morgan Library & Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Cottrell’s work is in the public collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Morgan Library and Museum, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.